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Looking at Animals (lecture)

Date: Thursday, May 24, 2007
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Free; reservations required.

Do we see animals for what they are, or do we see them through our cultural biases? Do depictions of animals reinforce human domination over other species, or do they cause us to reexamine our treatment of other creatures? Join bioethicist Peter Singer for an exploration of these questions through works of art on the occasion of the exhibition Oudry's Painted Menagerie (May 1–September 2, 2007). Singer, whose still-controversial book Animal Liberation galvanized the animal rights movement over 30 years ago, examines our preconceived notions about animals, revealing how art reflects these notions and how we can develop new ways of seeing animals in a way that gives "equal consideration for different beings."

About Peter Singer
Peter Singer is Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University and Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne in the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics. Outspoken, articulate, and equally revered and controversial, Singer has shared his views on animal rights and the value of human life in over a dozen books, including Ethics into Action, How Are We to Live?, and Animal Liberation, a key text in the animal rights movement. He is also the author of the major article on ethics in the current edition of the Encylopaedia Britannica, the president of Animal Rights International, and the co-founder and president of The Great Ape Project, an international effort to obtain basic rights for chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans.

Peter Singer

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