How Animals Grieve Lecture

Thu, 6 Oct 2016 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

How Animals Grieve

A public lecture presented by Dr. Barbara J. King

Emerita Professor of Anthropology, College of William and Mary

October 6, 2016, 5:00-6:30pm, Madison Union (Taylor) 302

Barbara King lecture

From the time of our earliest childhood encounters with animals, we casually ascribe familiar emotions to them. But scientists have long cautioned against such anthropomorphizing, arguing that it limits our ability to truly comprehend the lives of other creatures. Recently, however, things have begun to shift in the other direction, and anthropologist Barbara J. King is at the forefront of that movement, arguing strenuously that we can—and should—attend to animal emotions. With How Animals Grieve, she draws our attention to the specific case of grief, and relates story after story—from fieldsites, farms, homes, and more—of animals mourning lost companions, mates, or friends.

Barbara J. King is a regular contributor on NPR. With a long-standing research interest in primate behavior and human evolution, King has studied baboon foraging in Kenya and gorilla and bonobo communication at captive facilities in the United States. Recently, she has taken up writing about animal emotion and cognition more broadly, including in bison, farm animals, elephants and domestic pets, as well as primates.

This event is hosted by the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication. Other sponsors include: the Visiting Scholars Program, the Office of Cross Disciplinary Studies and Diversity Engagement, the Political Science Department, and the English Department. Please contact Dr. Alex Parrish with questions at parrisac@jmu.edu.

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