animal studies

Legacies Found and Lost. Wikipedia and Laika

I have a thing for space dogs, especially Laika, the first living being to orbit the earth. Less than a month after the launch of Sputnik 1 in October 1957, the Soviets sent Laika to the great beyond in Sputnik 2. The fact of her voyage made her an instant celebrity as well as a […]

Thinking Animals – The “Why” for a New Connected Course

My “why” for previous connected courses has centered on developing empathy (closeness) and analytical perspective (distance) for things that really matter. For me, those things include: people, animals, and an appreciation of the unique cultural contexts in which we relate to each other. In an honors colloquium on domestication we worked to unpack the assumptions […]