Human-Animal Studies Speaker Series

Each year the HAST program brings faculty, students, and community members together for a lecture series featuring world-renowned animal scholars and activists. These lectures (usually three per year) draw a mixed and lively audience of from fifty to one hundred fifty people. Past themes of the Series have included the mental lives of farmed animals, shared human-animal experiences at the margins of society, and living at the wildlife-urban interface. The lectures are followed by Q and A time and informal conversations.

Students are given the opportunity to make personal connections with our lecturers at dinners and beyond. Past speakers have included marine biologist Lori Marino, animal ethologist Marc Bekoff, Farm Sanctuary founder Gene Baur, and ecofeminist author Carol J. Adams.

Upcoming Speakers

Animals, Pandemics and Climate Change Lecture Poster

Guest Speakers: Jeff Sebo
Topic: Animals, Pandemics and Climate Change
Date/Time: Wednesday, March 10th, 2021   4:00-5:50PM PST
Location: Webex Event Link

Our use of animals contributes to pandemics and climate change, and pandemics and climate change contribute to biodiversity loss and animal suffering. As a result, I argue, we should center animals in health and environmental policy. In particular, we morally ought to reduce our use of animals as part of our mitigation efforts and increase our support for animals as part of our adaptation efforts. I also evaluate different strategies for accomplishing these aims, both in the short term and in the long run. The upshot of this discussion is that we should extend legal and political standing to all animals; that we should end deforestation, the wildlife trade, factory farming, and industrial fishing; and that we should expand parks, sanctuaries, and support for domesticated and wild animals alike. 

Jeff Sebo is Clinical Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Affiliated Professor of Bioethics, Medical Ethics, and Philosophy, and Director of the Animal Studies M.A. Program at New York University. He works primarily in bioethics, animal ethics, and environmental ethics. He is co-author of Chimpanzee Rights (Routledge, 2018) and Food, Animals, and the Environment (Routledge, 2018). He is also a board member at Animal Charity Evaluators, a board member at Minding Animals International, an executive committee member at the Animals & Society Institute, and a senior fellow at Sentient Media. 


Previous HAST Speakers