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

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Guest Speakers:  Brenda Peterson
Topic: Speaking for other Animals: a Q & A with Brenda Peterson
Date/Time: Thursday, November 18 at 7:00
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Join Brenda Peterson, critically acclaimed author of over 20 books, including WOLF NATION and BUILD ME AN ARK: A LIFE WITH ANIMALS for a conversation on  her work with wild animals, including marine mammals and wolves. Peterson’s writing has been featured on NPR, in The New York Times, Orion: People and NatureOprah, and other national media.



Previous HAST Speakers