Dr. Best at a protest in Oxford during his last visit to the UK

In June there will be a rare opportunity in this country to attend a talk by Professor Steven Best, who as well as being associate professor of philosophy at the University of Texas, is also one of the foremost thinkers and philosophers in the international animal rights and environmentalist movement.

This will be Dr Best’s first visit to the UK since he was was banned by the previous Labour government in 1995, after he spoke out in defence of activists who break the law as part of campaigning, even though he himself has no criminal record or involvement with illegal groups or activity. The ban only covered the UK, and he has continued to speak in many other countries in the years since then, including countries such as Russia and South Africa, without any interference or repercussion. Indeed, prior to coming to the UK, Dr Best will be visiting several other European countries, including Germany, Poland and Luxembourg, where he will speaking to university departments, student groups, and community audiences on a number of topics.

Dr Best first came to prominence in the 1990’s with a series of award winning books on postmodern theory, written with the renowned philosopher Douglas Kellner, which have been translated into many languages and sold tens of thousands of copies, and which are now standard text books on graduate courses in many countries.

Over the years Dr Best has published 10 books, over 150 articles and reviews, spoken in over a dozen countries, interviewed with media throughout the world and appeared in numerous documentaries. In recent years he has become well known for his advocacy of “total liberation” in which he seeks to draw parallels between the various human, animal and earth liberation struggles.

Dr Best will arrive in the UK on Friday 10th June, at Stansted Airport on the 11.10 flight from Gdansk, and will be staying until 14th June. He will be giving a talk on Saturday 11th June in central London, and will speak at other venues to be announced. He will be available for interviews during this time.

For more information about Dr Best’s visit, contact info@londonanimalrights.org.uk, 07899 775493

To contact Steven Best direct, email sbest1@elp.rr.com

Also See:

Dr. Steve Best, Philosophy

Wikipedia Page

Letter from Home Office to Dr. Best in 1995

Clarke bars US animal activist,” (The Sunday Times, August 28, 2005)

Britain uses hate law to ban animal rights campaigner,” (The Guardian, August 31, 2005)

Dr. Best’s Response to the UK Ban (2005)