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Wednesday, April 11, 2018
at 12 PM – 12:50 PM
Varis Lecture Hall, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in North Grafton, MA

Part of the Spring 2018 Animal Matters Seminars: The Intersection of Art and Animals Series

presented by Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy

Speaker: Lucy Spelman, DVM, DACZM, Veterinarian, Educator, Author

In this talk, Dr. Spelman makes the case for bringing artists and scientists together to foster sustained and informed public support for animal conservation. The need for a new, more collaborative and creative approach to saving animal species is urgent. We live together in an increasingly urban world, disconnected from nature, unaware that wild animals are rapidly going extinct and that our health depends on their health. Using examples, including work by her students at the Rhode Island School of Design, Dr. Spelman shows it is possible to reconnect the arts and sciences to make the problems facing the animal kingdom, as well as the solutions, more accessible, meaningful, and relevant.
Photo above: Dr. Spelman with RISD students in Guyana in 2014

Made possible by the generous support of: Elizabeth A. Lawrence Endowed Fund

View recorded seminar here:

Lucy working on a mountain gorilla's snare removal in Rwanda in 2009

Dr. Spelman working on a mountain gorilla’s snare removal in Rwanda in 2009

About Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy
The mission of the Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy is to conduct and encourage the study of complex issues surrounding the changing role and impact of animals in society. The Center supports the development and dissemination of research driven policies, programs and practices that benefit both people and animals.
Work conducted by the Center is based on the tenets that animal well-being matters, that animal and human well-being are linked, and that both are enhanced through improved understanding of human-animal relationships.