The ETHIC’s Founder, John Morlino, is a former social worker and an acclaimed speaker on a wide range of topics related to nonviolence and compassion. He has addressed audiences at numerous national and international forums and his social commentaries have appeared in media outlets around the globe. 

In honor of his work on behalf of animals, John was named an outstanding presenter by SPEAK, a national humane education speakers bureau. In recognition of his effort to end the crimes against humanity in Darfur, John was invited to join the International Association of Genocide Scholars. In 2007, he was one of a handful of activists chosen (worldwide) to participate in a Human Rights Education planning conference in Graz, Austria. 

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See below for Testimonials from previous speaking engagements.



Hal Hamer, Vice President, North American Vegetarian Society:

  "Yours may have been the finest closing plenary speech in the thirty-year history of our conference.”  

Geoff Hill, Bureau Chief, East and Southern Africa, The Washington Times:

 “John Morlino’s critique of Darfur activism was the finest presentation of the International Association of Genocide Scholars’ Eighth Biennial Conference. His clear approach is a template for helping an audience grasp a tangled and complex issue.”   

Diane Stafford Maydosz, Virginia:

 "John Morlino’s presentation was heartfelt and compelling. The story he related of his personal transformation conveyed a genuine empathy for all creatures and an unshakable commitment to the promotion of nonviolence and compassion. John’s message is accessible to everyone, from lifelong activists to people who are encountering the subject for the first time. The power and conviction of his words impart hope for a compassionate future.” 

Professor Rozalind A. Gruben, West Sussex (UK):

  “Never before have I witnessed an individual whose depth of genuine loving compassion is so powerful as to quietly magnetise the attention of an entire auditorium… I feel certain that whoever is fortunate enough to observe John’s work will have had their lives touched in a unique and enriching way.” [View the full text of this testimonial.] 

Prof. Madan Mohan Bajaj, New Delhi, India:

 “Your lecture at the World Vegetarian Congress was the finest I have ever seen.” 

Samantha Power, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Problem from Hell: America & the Age of Genocide:

 “I applaud The ETHIC’s Darfur Pledge campaign for having the courage to call for what is truly necessary: a dramatic increase in the number of peacekeepers deployed in Darfur — to stop the cycle of violence, allow for effective humanitarian aid and create the conditions necessary for a meaningful peace agreement.”  

Belinda Douglas, Connecticut:

  “After listening to your presentation, I’ve made significant changes to my life – not only for myself, but as an example to my children, in hopes of raising caring and compassionate human beings who will respect all forms of life. Thank you.” 

Nagini Paravastu, Virginia:

 “I recently had the pleasure of attending a lecture by John Morlino at the 2004 Young Jains of America Convention. Through examples both from his own life as well as others, John showed us that ordinary people are capable of extraordinary heights of compassion. His words were soft and deliberate, yet immensely powerful and thought provoking, and they inspired each member of the audience to explore his or her own potential for ultimate kindness towards all living beings. His message was very simple – a world of peace, mutual respect and harmony is the most important human legacy of all.” 

Dr. Gregory H. Stanton, President of Genocide Watch:

  “The best article on Darfur anybody has written in a long time. A superb analysis.”  

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