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Conference Schedule

The Human-Animal Studies Conference will showcase the work and research of faculty members from Lewis and Clark’s Law School (Panel 1), Graduate School of Psychology and Counseling (Panel 2), and various departments of the Undergraduate School of Arts and Sciences (Panels 3, 4, and 5). 

7:45 am- 8:30 am        Registration and light breakfast fare

8:30 am – 8:35 am       Introductions

8:35 am – 9:35 am       Panel 1 – Law (Assistant Dean Pamela Frasch and Professor Kathy Hessler)

9:45 am – 10:45 am     Panel 2 – Psychology and Counseling (Professors Thomas Doherty and Pilar Hernandez)

Thomas Doherty, a professor of Psychology at the Graduate School of Education and Counseling, will focus on basic values that people have regarding animals and the natural world. He will describe a values typology drawn from psychology and the social sciences and invite the audience to reflect on their own personal values regarding animals. This will lead to a discussion of the interplay between one’s values and beliefs about the world and their norms or expectations for behavior, and also how values influence one’s scope of justice and moral inclusion or exclusion of other species. This in turn will suggest ways to create spaces for constructive dialogue and collaboration about animal welfare among competing value or interest groups.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm   Panel 3 – Ethics and Philosophy (Professors Joel Martinez and Jim Proctor)

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm    Catered lunch break

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm      Panel 4 – Hard Sciences (Professor Ken Clifton)

Professor Ken Clifton, a professor of Biology at the College of Arts and Sciences, will focus on human-animal interactions from the animal side. He will begin his presentation by noting that humans, themselves, are a product of millennia of interactions with non-human animals through the process of natural selection. Professor Clifton will go on to discuss some particularly influential aspects of selection, since these have been important in shaping the morphology, behavior, and intelligence of the animals we interact with today. He will conclude with a brief discussion of animal domestication and how this differs from natural selection.

1:40 pm - 3:20 pm       Panel 5 – Visual and Literary Arts (Professors Debra Beers, Susan Davis, and Kurt Fosso)

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm       Roundtable discussion with all speakers and attendees regarding the potential and future of the Human-Animal Studies collaboration 

*This is a tentative schedule. Please check back for any updates or schedule changes.