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Animal related articles in the New York Times


Rat Film: Screening & Discussion on 10/25/17

Rat Film: Screening & Discussion

October 25, 2017
4:30-6:30pm (Discussion to follow)
19 University Place, Room 102

This event is free and open to the public. Vegan snacks will be provided.


Animal Consciousness Conference @ NYU

Animal Consciousness

Friday, November 17 – Saturday, November 18, 2017

New York University

Registration is free but required. *Register Here*

Hashtag: #animalconsciousness

On November 17-18, 2017, the NYU Center for Mind, Brain and Consciousness in conjunction with the NYU Center for Bioethics and NYU Animal Studies will host a conference on Animal Consciousness.

There has been a recent flourishing of scientific and philosophical work on consciousness in non-human animals. This conference will bring together philosophers and scientists to ask questions such as: Are invertebrates conscious? Do fish feel pain? Are non-human mammals self-conscious? How did consciousness evolve? How does research on animal consciousness affect the ethical treatment of animals? What is the impact of animal consciousness upon theories of consciousness and vice versa? What are the best methods for assessing consciousness in non-human animals?


Speakers and panelists include:

Colin Allen (University of Pittsburgh, Department of History & Philosophy of Science), Andrew Barron (Macquarie, Cognitive Neuroethology), Victoria Braithwaite (Penn State, Biology), Peter Carruthers (Maryland, Philosophy), Marian Dawkins (Oxford, Zoology), Dan Dennett (Tufts, Philosophy), David Edelman (San Diego, Neuroscience), Todd Feinberg (Mt. Sinai, Neurology), Peter Godfey-Smith (Sydney, Philosophy), Lori Gruen (Wesleyan, Philosophy), Brian Hare (Duke, Evolutionary Anthropology), Stevan Harnad (Montreal, Cognitive Science), Eva Jablonka (Tel Aviv, Cohn Institute), Björn Merker (Neuroscience), Diana Reiss (Hunter, Psychology), Peter Singer (Princeton, Philosophy), Michael Tye (Texas, Philosophy)

Organizers: Ned Block (NYU, Philosophy), David Chalmers (NYU, Philosophy), Dale Jamieson (NYU, Environmental Studies), S. Matthew Liao (NYU, Bioethics)


The conference will be held at the NYU Cantor Film Center (36 E 8th St), Room 200 (the main theater on the second floor). The overflow room will be Cantor 101.  The conference will run from 9:00am to 6pm on both days, with registration beforehand (beginning at 8:30). The Fridaysessions will include “Invertebrates and the evolution of consciousness”, “Do fish feel pain”, and “Animal consciousness and ethics”. The Saturday sessions will include “Self-consciousness in mammals”, “Animal consciousness and theories of consciousness”, and a panel discussion. A detailed schedule will be circulated closer to the conference date. 

Please note again that registration is free, but required. Seating is on a first-come first-served basis. *Register Here*

Subscribe to the NYU Center for Mind, Brain and Consciousness Mailing List here.

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CBS 60 Minutes feature - Jane Goodall and her Chimps

Smartest Dog in the World

Writing Animals: A Symposium @ NYU

Writing Animals: A Symposium

October 11, 2017 
NYU Center for the Humanities
"Writing Animals: A Symposium," will feature, among others, Charles Siebert (NY Times Magazine) and Karen Jay Fowler (We Are All Completely Besides Ourselves).

This event is co-sponsored by NYU's Animal StudiesEnvironmental HumanitiesDepartment of English and Creative Writing Program.



3:00pm: Welcome and Opening Remarks

3:15-5:15pm: "Animal Genres"  

Karen Jay Fowler, novelist, author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (2014) 

Alexandra Horowitz, scientist, author of Being a Dog: Following Dogs into a World of Smell (2016) 

Andy NewmanWriter of the Pet City Column of The New York Times

In conversation with members of the faculty of Animal Studies at NYU.

5:15-6:00pm: Wine and Vegan Snacks Reception, Books for Sale

6:00-7:30pm: Keynote Address by Charles Siebertauthor, journalist, poet, and contributing writer for the NY Times Magazine

This event is free and open to the public. Seats with RSVP's are first-come, first-served.


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