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Humanities Center Altman Spring Conference,"Thinking Interspecies," April 10-12

04/03/2013

The Humanities Center's Altman Program conference “Thinking Interspecies: Conversations about Human-Nonhuman Boundaries“ will be held April 10-12
The Humanities Center's Altman Program conference “Thinking Interspecies: Conversations about Human-Nonhuman Boundaries“ will be held April 10-12
The Miami University Humanities Center’s Altman Program spring conference will be held April 10-12. All events in “Thinking Interspecies: Conversations about Human-Nonhuman Boundaries“ are free and open to the public; no registration is required.

The Altman Fellows Program is the signature program of the Humanities Center. Each year the program brings faculty and students together to address a pressing problem or issue, said Timothy Melley, director of the center. Its goals including fostering collaboration and new research across the humanities at Miami.

The “Thinking Interspecies” conference brings together invited scholars, artists and wildlife conservation advocates, working with the Altman Fellows and the Altman Faculty and Student Scholars in a series of keynote talks, roundtable discussions and exhibitions.

See the conference program for a full list of events.

Special features include:
• 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in 102 Benton Hall, keynote address:
“Coexistence and Collaboration,” by Thane Maynard, director of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, and John Kamanga Ole Ntetiyian, a Maasai elder and chairman of the Olkiramatian Group Ranch in the South Rift Valley of Kenya.

• 4 p.m. Thursday, April 11, Miami University Art Museum:
“Friends and Enemies” a presentation by multidisciplinary artist Marina Zurkow exploring how changing historical conceptions of nature are connected to ideas of kinship and outsiders. A reception will follow, and an exhibition of Zurkow’s work will be on display.

• April 10-12, Hefner Zoology Museum, Upham Hall:
Exhibition: “Dogs and Humans.”
Thane Maynard, director of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, will speak with John Kamanga, a Maasai elder and wildlife conservationist, at 5 p.m. April 10 (photo courtesy of Cincinnati Zoo)
Thane Maynard, director of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, will speak with John Kamanga, a Maasai elder and wildlife conservationist, at 5 p.m. April 10 (photo courtesy of Cincinnati Zoo)

Other keynote addresses (in 212 MacMillan Hall):

• 9 a.m. Thursday, April 11: Karen Rader, “Domestication Revisited: Scientific Animals in the Laboratory and Beyond.”
Rader is associate professor of history at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her book Making Mice: Standardizing Animals for American Biomedical Research, 1900-1955 won a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Book award.

• 1 p.m. Thursday, April 11: Kari Weil, “(In)human Empathy.” Weil is University Professor of Letters and Director of the College of Letters at Wesleyan University. She is the author of Thinking Animals: Why Animal Studies Now? and Androgyny and the Denial of Difference.


Altman Student Fellows Research Presentations:

9 a.m. Friday, April 12, 212 MacMillan Hall
Caroline Heller, English graduate student: “‘What manner of man art thou?’: The Biopolitical ‘Life-in-Death’ in S.T. Coleridge’s ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’”
• Steven Lakin, senior zoology and philosophy double major: “The Mind-Body Approach to Animal Ethics: A Practical Alternative to Rational Primacy and Scientific Objectivity”
• Abby Sapadin, senior anthropology and music double major: “Are Monkeys Us?: The Human Center of Nonhuman Primate Biomedical Research”
• Brian Sopher, junior philosophy major, linguistics minor: “The Reproduction of Nature: On Relation to the Natural as Nonidentical”
• Megan Teeples, senior zoology and English literature double major: “Human Dominion Over Evolution: Transhumanist Technologies and Their Representation in Comic Books”


The Altman Fellows Program
The Humanities Center steering committee selects a team of two Altman Fellows each year who work with six or more Altman Faculty Scholars, Altman Undergraduate and Graduate Fellows and visiting scholars in a yearlong interdisciplinary exploration of key issues in the humanities.

The program includes a faculty seminar; a new upper-level course on the annual theme, team-taught by faculty fellows; an undergraduate fellows initiative, designed to promote excellence in undergraduate research; and a substantial program of public events. Public events are entirely supported with Humanities Center funding.

The 2012-2013 Altman Fellows are Amanda McVety, assistant professor of history, and Jose Amador, assistant professor of Latin American, Latino/a and Caribbean studies.

The 2012-2013 Faculty Scholars are Yu-Fang Cho, associate professor of English and women’s, gender and sexuality studies; Kristina Gehrman, assistant professor of philosophy; Kimberly Hamlin, assistant professor of American studies and history; Linda Marchant, chair and professor of anthropology; Gaile Pohlhaus, associate professor of philosophy; Daniel Prior, assistant professor of history; and Marguerite Shaffer, associate professor of American studies and history.

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