Human-Animal Lectures

human animal studies

The lecture series explores the relationships between humans and animals.

Marc Bekoff, a well-known animal behavior researcher, will present a lecture on Sept. 30 in the first of several events promoted by the second annual Human-Animal Studies/National Museum of Animals and Society lecture series. 

"Human-animal studies (HAST) is an exploding discipline that examines relationships between humans and other animals—historical, biological, ecological, ethical, symbolic," said Professor Kathie Jenni.  "For the past two years, our program has been fortunate enough to partner with L.A.’s National Museum of Animals and Society to bring world-class authors to present their work in the field." 

Bekoff will kick the series off by presenting "The Emotional Lives of Animals: Compassionate Conservation and Rewilding Our Hearts." His main areas of research include animal behavior, cognitive ethology (the study of animal minds), behavioral ecology, and compassionate conservation and he has also published extensively on human-animal interactions and animal protection. He has published more than 800 essays and 25 books. His work has appeared on television shows.

"This year, our theme is the marginalized and disadvantaged status that humans often share with other animals: this includes the homeless (both human and animal), individual wild animals (as opposed to species) and the activists who care about them, and women and animals who experience similar forms of degradation and abuse," Jenni said. "Our hope is that the lectures will spur ethical reflection and discussion among students, faculty, and the entire Redlands community."

The series includes the following events:

  • 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, Casa Loma Room
    Marc Bekoff, "The Emotional Lives of Animals: Compassionate Conservation and Rewilding Our Hearts"
  • 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, Casa Loma Room
    Carol J. Adams, "The Sexual Politics of Meat" slideshow
  • 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, Casa Loma Room
    Leslie Irvine, "My Dog Always Eats First: Homeless People and Their Animals"

Arresting visuals will begin before each lecture at 6:30 p.m. The lectures are free and open to the public. Copies of the authors' books will be available for signing and purchase.

Co-sponsors are the Office of Campus Diversity and Inclusion, the Convocation Series, the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Philosophy, the Johnston Program, and Women's and Gender Studies.


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