UNC Speaker Series Concludes Nov. 7 with Renowned Animal Behaviorist

Marc Bekoff

Marc Bekoff

The University of Northern Colorado's Schulze Interdisciplinary Speaker Series concludes its fall schedule Thursday, Nov. 7, with a renowned animal behaviorist whose 25 books include one co-authored with Jane Goodall.

Marc Bekoff, professor emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado in Boulder, will present "The Emotional and Moral Lives of Animals: Rewilding Our Hearts and Compassionate Conservation" at 7 p.m. in the ballrooms of the University Center, intersection of 20th Street and 10th Ave. The presentation is free and open to the public.

In addition to co-authoring The Ten Trusts: What We Must Do to Care for the Animals We Love with Goodall in 2002, the two co-founded Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals: Citizens for Responsible Animal Behavior Studies in 2000, and Bekoff is an ambassador for Goodall's Roots & Shoots educational program and a member of the Ethics Committee of the Jane Goodall Institute.

In 2000 Bekoff was awarded the Exemplar Award from the Animal Behavior Society for major long-term contributions to the field of animal behavior.

He has published more than 800 essays and 25 books on animal behavior, cognitive ethology, compassionate conservation, the human-animal bond and animal protection. His work has been featured on 48 Hours, NPR, BBC and Nat Geo, and in Time magazine, Life magazine, BBC Wildlife and National Geographic for Kids.

More information about Bekoff is available at www.literati.net/authors/marc-bekoff.

To see a recent article on the emotional lives of animals, see http://www.care2.com/causes/in-a-move-surprising-no-one-animals-feel-emotions-making-humans-feel-threatened.html?cid=email_na.

His appearance is co-sponsored by the Schools of Psychological Sciences and Biological Sciences.

Free parking is available in UNC lots after 5 p.m.

The speaker series is co-sponsored and coordinated by UNC's Schulze Fund for Interdisciplinary Studies and the Life of the Mind program.