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History of Science Scholar to Talk on Cyborgs, Dogs, Humans

February 26, 2007 | by Wendy Leopold

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Donna Haraway -- professor and former chair of the History of Consciousness Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz -- will speak on the interconnections between humans and animals in “When Species Meet: Cyborgs and Dogs in Entangled NatureCultures” Thursday, March 1, at Northwestern University.

An innovative scholar whose work in the history of science has influenced and been influenced by science fiction writers, Haraway will deliver the WCLV Lecture Series in Discourse, Culture and Media Studies at 4 p.m. Free and open to the public, the lecture will be held in the McCormick Tribune Center Forum, 1870 Campus Drive, Evanston. A reception will follow.

Using everything from cartoons to animal behavior studies, Haraway will explore the ties between human beings and animals. Haraway, who earned a Ph.D. in biology from Yale University, studied different philosophies of evolution as a Fulbright scholar.

She began exploring the complicated relationships between species in “Primate Visions: Gender, Race and Nature in the World of Modern Science.” She received the 2002 J.D. Bernal Prize for outstanding lifetime contributions to the field of science and technology.

Haraway's latest book is “When Species Meet.” It explores what it means to be human and non-human, and argues against “human exceptionalism.” Inspired by her dog Cayenne, she describes the details of interactions between humans and animals as domestic companions. She also writes about the use of animals in commercial trade, laboratory experimentation, ranching, sports and entertainment.

The WCLV Lecture is supported by Robert and Jean Conrad and presented by Northwestern's School of Communication. Conrad, president and founder of Cleveland classical music station WCLV 104.9 FM, is a graduate of the School of Communication. He has been the host for broadcasts of The Cleveland Orchestra for 40 years.

For further information, call (847) 491-3751.

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