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Vegan Living: Fashion, Food, and Fitness

April 25, 2017
Theater 200, Cantor Film Center, 36 E. 8th St.

Join us for a conversation about various aspects of what it means to live as a vegan. Panelists will discuss their own experiences adopting veganism into their everyday lifestyle and professional work. RSVP for this event below.

David Carter


Public Speaker; Activist
Retired NFL Defensive Lineman

Chloe Coscarelli

Chef Chloe

Vegan Chef
Cookbook Author

David Carter, a UCLA grad, was drafted into the NFL in 2011 by the Arizona Cardinals. Over the past five seasons he has also played for the Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Chicago Bears. In his third season after being released from the Cowboys the physicality of the sport started taking a toll on his body. Looking for answers on how to heal his injuries David sat down to watch the documentary “Forks Over Knives.” It was then he decided to surprise his vegan wife on Valentines Day with the promise to switch to a compassionate lifestyle overnight. David is now more famously known as The 300 Pound Vegan and is using his platform to be a voice for animals and inspire change everywhere and to fight for food justice in underserved areas.

First breaking onto the culinary scene as the only vegan chef to capture the top prize on Food Network’s Cupcake WarsChef Chloe Coscarelli has since been recognized for bringing vegan cuisine to the mainstream as an award-winning chef, successful entrepreneur, and best-selling cookbook author. Debunking the myth that vegan cooking is bland and visually unenticing, Chloe shares her bright, colorful and tasteful recipes using fresh, healthy ingredients. She has published three best-selling cookbooks, CHLOE’S KITCHEN (Simon & Schuster), CHLOE’S VEGAN DESSERTS (Simon & Schuster), and CHLOE’S VEGAN ITALIAN KITCHEN (Simon & Schuster) and in 2015, she opened her first restaurant by CHLOE., bringing healthy and satisfying vegan and plant-based dishes to New York City.

Joshua Katcher

Brave Gentleman

Instructor of Fashion, Parsons The New School
Founder & Creative Director, Brave GentleMan
Founder & Editor,

Dominick Thompson

Crazies & Weirdos

Healthcare Executive, Multi-Sport Athlete, Animal Rights Activist
Founder & Creative Director, Crazies & Weirdos

Joshua Katcher teaches fashion at Parsons The New School. Katcher started the first men’s ethical lifestyle website, The Discerning Brute in 2008, then launched the label Brave GentleMan in 2010, spearheading the first vegan, ethically-made menswear fashion brand. PAPER MAG said BGM has “just about everything an mindful fashionitso could want.” Brave GentleMan graced the cover of British GQ‘s November 2016 Issue on Benedict Cumberbatch, and Forbes has featured BGM in their gift guide, while COMPLEX called BGM one of the coolest things they’ve seen. Katcher, who has lectured internationally on sustainable and ethical fashion, was awarded most influential designer of 2015 by PETA, he was named 2014 man of the year by Coco Eco Magazine, a “modern day hero in the making” by The Wild Magazine, and both an “ethical style icon” and one of the top 10 male bloggers by Veg News Magazine. He is a contributor to Huffington Post style and Laika magazine, has appeared on the cover of Vegan Good Life Magazine, and has been interviewed on major networks, such as Al Jazeera America as a fashion expert.

Dominick Thompson is a leader in the vegan community and founder of Crazies and Weirdos®, a successful New York based start-up company that produces hip, sustainable, eco-friendly clothing dedicated to the animal rights movement. He is also the founder of IRON BRUKAL, a sports and fitness brand, dedicated to the working professional, with plans to open training facilities in 2019. He is also a full-time executive in the healthcare industry where he develops and manages many critical relationships with hospital systems and other provider types in order to deliver services to communities in need throughout the eastern region of the United States. Despite this rigorous schedule, at the core, he is still an activist as well as an athlete. Not just any athlete, but a working athlete whose weekly training schedule includes cycling, swimming, running, calisthenics, boxing, cross-fit, cross-training, weight and power-lifting. He also competes year round in 10-12 endurance races per year, including marathons, triathlons, and ultra-races. Because of this and his assertive activism, Dominick has received global recognition and has been featured in NPR News, ABC News, Men’s Muscle and Fitness Magazine, Esquire, Thrive Magazine, Origins Magazine, PETA and more. His social media platform is strong and continues to grow while producing some of the most inspiring, impactful content to over 150,000 followers.

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Vegan Living: Fashion, Food, and Fitness

Event Description:

How does veganism translate into a lifestyle and professional career? Hear from four powerful figures in the vegan spotlight who have made it their lives’ work to adopt a vegan lifestyle and embody what it means to live, not just eat, as a vegan.

Panelists include:

  • David Carter — Former NFL Player; Animal Rights Activist
  • Chloe Coscarelli — Vegan Chef; Cookbook Author
  • Joshua Katcher — Instructor of Fashion at Parsons; Founder & Creative Director, Brave Gentleman; Founder & Editor,
  • Dominick Thompson — Healthcare Executive, Multi-Sport Athlete, Animal Rights Activist; Founder & Creative Director, Crazies & Weirdos

Moderated by Ulrich Baer (Vice Provost, New York University) and Yanoula Athanassakis (Assistant Vice Provost, New York University). Introduction by Colin Jerolmack (Associate Professor of Sociology , Environmental Studies, New York University).

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