Center for Animals and Public Policy Animal Matters Series

The Center for Animals and Public Policy hosts the Animal Matters Seminar Series at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Each spring and fall, the Center invites speakers from all over the country to give a lecture on their subject of expertise. The guest lecturers represent diverse perspectives on an array of topics relating to animal ethics and policy and their talks are open to the public free of charge. See below for a list of past and upcoming lectures.

Upcoming Lectures

Making Laboratory Animal Care More Science-Friendly
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Noon in the Varis Lecture Hall (letter "K" on the campus map)
Steven M. Niemi, DVM, DACLAM
Director, Office of Animal Resources, Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
Dr. Niemi will argue for a new paradigm for lab animal care because the current model is obsolete. As experimental endpoints become more complex and subtle, the usual practice of one-size-fits-all for animal housing and husbandry needs to be replaced with flexibility customized to individual investigators' needs while still affordable and in compliance with regulatory and accreditation standards. Download his biography here
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Meeting number: 739 960 517 Meeting password: niemi

Green Chimneys Farm and Wildlife Center: Animal-Assisted Interventions That Benefit Both Humans and Animals
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Noon in the Varis Lecture Hall (letter "K" on the campus map)
Michael E. Kaufmann
Director, Green Chimneys Farm and Wildlife Center/Sam and Myra Ross Institute
Green Chimneys is home to 300 animals of diverse species and hundreds of children with special needs. Making ethical decisions about the lives of these animals challenges the Green Chimneys staff team daily. How do we ensure each animal has the best quality of life? There are many sensitive ethical issues surrounding human/animal interaction and there are very different ways of interpreting, modeling or practicing this relationship. Opinions diverge easily. There are a wide range of beliefs or philosophies about the treatment of animals, among our own staff and among guests. Michael will offer concrete examples to demonstrate how the Green Chimneys team applies a progressive, thoughtful, yet also very pragmatic approach as part of a greater human service program that operates in an imperfect world.
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Meeting number: 731 523 584 Meeting password: kaufmann

Numerical Competence in African Grey Parrots (Psittacus erithacus)
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Noon in the Varis Lecture Hall (letter "K" on the campus map)
Irene M. Pepperberg, MA, PhD
Research Associate and Lecturer, Psychology Department, Harvard University
Dr. Irene Pepperberg received her MA and PhD from Harvard University. Dr. Pepperberg’s research interest is in animal cognition and comparative psychology, with an emphasis on avian behavior. She works with Grey parrots, teaching them to communicate with humans using the sounds of English speech, and then uses this communication code to test them in ways similar to those used with young children. The main focus of her work is to determine the cognitive and communicative abilities of these birds, and compare their abilities with those of great apes, marine mammals, and young children. Download her biography here
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Meeting number: 736 520 948 Meeting password: pepperberg

Past Lectures