Human-Animal Lecture Series

University of Redlands to host 2nd Human-Animal Lecture Series

REDLANDS, Sept. 12, 2013—The University of Redlands will host its 2nd annual Human-Animal Studies / National Museum of Animals and Society lecture series, themed “On the margins: Shared Human-Animal Experiences.” The series begins Sept. 30 and will be held on the University of Redlands campus.

“Human-Animal studies (HAST) is a rapidly growing discipline that examines relationships between humans and other animals—historical, biological, ecological, ethical, symbolic,” Professor of Philosophy and Director of the program Kathie Jenni said. “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.”

This year, the theme of the series 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 suffer parallel forms of degradation and abuse.

The first lecture will feature Marc Bekoff presenting “The Emotional Lives of Animals: Compassionate Conservation and Rewilding Our Hearts.” Bekoff is world-renowned for his work in the areas of animal behavior, cognitive ethology (the study of animal minds), behavioral ecology and compassionate conservation. Bekoff has also published extensively on human-animal interactions and animal protection, including children’s books.

“Our hope is that the lectures will spur ethical reflection and discussion among students, faculty and the entire Redlands community,” Jenni said.

All events are free and open to the public.

WHAT: University of Redlands Human-Animal Lecture Series


  • Marc Bekoff, “The Emotional Lives of Animals: Compassionate Conservation and Rewilding Our Hearts”
    Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 from 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Carol J. Adams, “The Sexual Politics of Meat”
    Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 from 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Leslie Irvine, “My Dog Always Eats First: Homeless People and Their Animals”
    Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 from 7-8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Casa Loma Room, University of Redlands
1200 E. Colton Avenue, Redlands, California 92373

Event Contact:
Kathie Jenni


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