Phi-Beta-Kappa Visiting Scholar Thomas Laqueur How Dogs Make Us Human

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Thomas Lacqueur will present "How Dogs Make Us Human: The role of the dog in the motional foundations of humanitarianism" on November 1.

Date: 10/18/2017 4:00:00 PM

Contact: Julie Campbell-Holmes
Phone: (513) 509 - 1114
Photo: University of California - Berkeley

CINCINNATI, OH  – The University of Cincinnati Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and the UC Department of History are sponsoring Visiting Phi Beta Kappa Scholar Thomas Laqueur on November 1 at 4:00 p.m. in Dyer Hall, Room 350. A reception will follow the discussion in Teachers/Dyer, Room 407. The event is free and open to the public.

The title of Laqueur’s lecture is “How Dogs Make Us Human: The role of the dog in the motional foundations of humanitarianism.

Photograph of Professor Thomas Laqueur

Professor Thomas Laqueur

Thomas Laqueur, Fawcett Distinguished Professor of History at Berkeley, specializes in the cultural history of the body, and in the history of humanitarianism and of popular religion and literacy. His books include Work of the Dead; Solitary Sex; Making Sex; Religion and Respectability; and, in progress, a short history of humanitarianism and a book about dogs in Western art.

Laqueur writes for the London Review of Books and was a founding editor of the journal Representations. He received a Mellon Foundation Distinguished Achievement Award, which he used to commission and write a libretto for an opera based on José Saramago’s novel Death with Interruptions; as well as to support projects on human rights, religion, and science studies. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Philosophical Society.

About The Phi Beta Kappa Society

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