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ZOE WEIL (1961 - )
Zoe Weil was born in 1961 and grew up in Manhattan where she had the opportunity to regularly attend Broadway and off-Broadway shows. She was part of the drama and dance clubs in high school and lucked out in her junior year when the girl cast as Emily in Our Town bailed on the show when she found out who the boy was who she would be required to kiss. This left Zoe the starring role, and she was perfectly happy to kiss the boy in question. Zoe went to the University of Pennsylvania where she auditioned freshman year and was invited to join Bloomers, the all-female variety troupe on campus. They told her that she reminded them of Gilda Radner. Her junior year she and another dancer formed a dance troupe and choreographed and performed regularly until she graduated and discovered that without easy access to free theater and rehearsal space, it's not easy to be a performer. After graduating from Penn with a B.A. and M.A. in English Literature in 1983, Zoe had a brief stint at Geogetown Law School before coming to her senses. In her quest to find a more suitable path she went to Harvard Divinity School to study world religions and feminist theology. She lucked out with a summer job teaching middle school students about issues near and dear to her heart - environmental preservation and animal protection. Since then she's been a humane educator and her life on stage has basically revolved around doing school assembly programs and keynote addresses at conferences. In 1996, Zoe moved to coastal Maine and co-founded the Institute for Humane Education (IHE) to train people to be humane educators like her in order to help to build a humane, peaceful, healthy and just world for all people, animals, and the environment through eduation. Zoe created IHE's M.Ed., M.A., and graduate certificate programs as well as IHE's acclaimed humane education and MOGO (most good) workshops and courses. Zoe is the author of Nautilus Silver Medal winner, Most Good, Least Harm: The Simple Principle for a Better World and a Meaningful Life (2009), The Power and Promise of Humane Education (2004), andAbove All, Be Kind: Raising a Humane Child in Challenging Times(2003). She has also written books for young people, including Moonbeam Gold Medal winner, Claude and Medea: The Hellburn Dogs(2007), about 12-year-old activists inspired by an eccentric substitute teacher to right wrongs where they find them, and So, You Love Animals: An Action-Packed, Fun-Filled Book to Help Kids Help Animals (1994). She has written numerous articles on humane education and humane living and has appeared frequently on radio and television. In 2012, she and her work were featured in Forbes Magazine online. In 2010, Zoe gave her first TEDx talk "The World Becomes What You Teach" which became among the 50 top-rated of over 12,000 TEDx talks. Since then she has given three other TEDx talks including "Solutionaries""Educating for Freedom" and "How to be a Solutionary." When Improv Acadia - a fabulous improvisational comedy theater - opened in Bar Harbor, ME Zoe became an instant groupie, and when owners/performers Jen Shepard and Larrance Fingerhut began offering improv comedy classes Zoe was in heaven. In 2010 she decided to create a 1-woman show to be a bit more entertaining when she talked about serious global issues. She asked Jen Shepard to be her director, and in 2012 debuted "My Ongoing Problems with Kindness: Confessions of MOGO Girl," and now brings the show to communities across the U.S. and Canada. In the same year, Zoe was inducted into the Animal Rights Hall of Fame, and in 2012 she was honored with the Women in Environmental Leadership award at Unity College. In 2012, her portrait was painted by Robert Shetterly for the Americans Who Tell The Truth portrait series.
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My Ongoing Problems with Kindness: Confessions of MOGO Girl
Zoe Weil is a humane educator who's determined to help people solve the world's biggest problems. Because of her work, Zoe's pretty much required to be perpetually good. Unfortunately, she's got some challenges with kindness. Zoe knows that confession is good for the soul, so she thought it was time for MOGO Girl to get some things off her chest.
Fredericton, New Brunswick 2012
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