Bookstore Event: Kathryn Gillespie, "The Cow with Ear Tag #1389" and Lori Gruen, "Critical Terms for Animal Studies"

Thursday, November 1, 2018
6:00 PM (ET)
Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
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Kathryn Gillespie, The Cow with Ear Tag #1389

To translate the journey from a living cow to a glass of milk into tangible terms, Kathryn Gillespie set out to follow the moments in the life cycles of individual animals—animals like the cow with ear tag #1389. She explores how the seemingly benign practice of raising animals for milk is just one link in a chain that affects livestock across the agricultural spectrum. Gillespie takes readers to farms, auction yards, slaughterhouses, and even rendering plants to show how living cows become food. The result is an empathetic look at cows and our relationship with them, one that makes both their lives and their suffering real.

Kathryn Gillespie is co-editor of Critical Animal Geographies and Economies of Death.

Lori Gruen, Critical Terms for Animal Studies

Animal Studies is a rapidly growing interdisciplinary field devoted to examining, understanding, and critically evaluating the complex relationships between humans and
other animals. Scholarship in Animal Studies draws on a variety of methodologies to explore these multi-faceted relationships in order to help us understand the ways in which other animals figure in our lives and we in theirs. 
 
Bringing together the work of a group of internationally distinguished scholars, the contribution in Critical Terms for Animal Studies offers distinct voices and diverse perspectives, exploring significant concepts and asking important questions. How do we take non-human animals seriously, not simply as metaphors for human endeavors, but as subjects themselves? What do we mean by anthropocentrismcaptivityempathysanctuary, and vulnerability, and what work do these and other critical terms do in Animal Studies?
 
Sure to become an indispensable reference for the field, Critical Terms for Animal Studies not only provides a framework for thinking about animals as subjects of their own experiences, but also serves as a touchstone to help us think differently about our conceptions of what it means to be human, and the impact human activities have on the more than human world.
 
Lori Gruen is William Griffin Professor of Philosophy at Wesleyan University. She is the author of Ethics and Animals and Entangled Empathy and the editor of five other books. 

The Cow with Ear Tag #1389 & Critical Terms for Animal Studies
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