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Considering Animals

On site July 8-18, 2012 in Washington, DC


Required Readings

  • J.M. Coetzee, The Lives of Animals. ed. Amy Gutmann (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1999)
  • Dale Jamieson, "Against Zoos" In PETER SINGER (ed), In Defense of Animals, New York: Basil Blackwell, 1985, pp. 108-117
  • Richard Reading and Brian Miller, "Attitudes and attitude change among zoo visitors"
  • Michael Hutchins, "The animal rights–conservation debate: can zoos and aquariums play a role?"
  • Lewis Thomas, "The Tucson Zoo" from The Medusa and the Snail
  • Robert Burns, "To a Mouse"
  • John Keats, "Ode to a Nightingale"
  • Emily Dickinson, "A Bird Came Down the Walk"
  • Marianne Moore, "He Digesteth Harde Yron"
  • Wallace Stevens, "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird"
  • Ranier Maria Rilke, "The Panther"
  • Ted Hughes, "The Jaguar"
  • The Endangered Species Act at Thirty
  • Cass Sunstein, "Standing for Animals"
  • Kimberly Smith, Governing Animals: Animal Welfare and the Liberal State, chs. 2 & 5
  • Loren Eiseley, "The Bird and the Machine"

Recommended Readings

  • For reference only: Instutional IACUC guidebook
  • Neville Gregory, Physiology and Behaviour of Animal Suffering, ch. 12, "Sickness and Disease"

Recommended by Elizabeth Turner (for Tuesday, 7/10/12)

  • Alexander Calder, excerpts from Animal Sketching

Recommended by Donald Moore (for Thursday, 7/12/12)

  • George Rabb, "The Evolution of Zoos from Menageries to Centers of Conservation and Caring" 
  • Markus Gussett and Gerald Dick, "The Global Reach of Zoos and Aquariums in Visitor Numbers and Conservation Expenditures"
  • Markus Gussett and Gerald Dick, "‘Building a Future for Wildlife’? Evaluating the contribution of the world zoo and aquarium community to in situ conservation"

Recommended by Tim Allen (for Friday, 7/13/12)

Recommended by Jessica Almy (for Thursday, 7/17/12)

  • Kieran Suckling et al., "How the Endangered Species Act is Saving Wildlife"