Animal Studies

Fellow Travelers:

An Animal Studies Conference

September 29-October 1

  • Sights and Sounds: Traversing Senses of the Animal
  • Multispecies Medicine:  Valuing more than human contributions to health and wellbeing
  • Animals and Biopower
  • Death and Extinction
  • Speciesism and its Discontents
  • The Future of Captive Wildlife
  • Political Animals
Registration:  Thursday, September 29th 5:00 pm in Usdan 300
Hosted by Wesleyan Animal Studies and the Animals and Society Institute
Co-sponsored by the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, the College of Letters and the Philosophy Department

Past Events

Dangerous Crossings


On April 13, 2105 Wesleayn Animal Studies presented Dangerous Crossings:Race, Species, and Nature in a Multicultural Age, by Claire Jean Kim, Professor of Political Science and Asian American Studies at University of California, Irvine.  The talk was co-sponsored by American Studies and the Allbritton Center for Public Life.

animal dignity

Animal Dignity and an Ethics of Sight Photography by Isa Leshko and Frank Noelker was held on September 23 through Ocotber 10, 2014 at the South Gallery, Ezra and Ceclie Zilkha Gallery.

Kheel Poster

On November 9-10th, 2012, Wesleyan Animal Studies co-sponsored "Finding A Niche for All Animals: a conference honoring the Ecofeminist work of Marti Kheel."  Organzied by Lori Gruen and Carol Adams, the two-day conference featured more than a dozen guest speakers from across the country for interactive panel discusssions and talks.

On April 29th, Wesleyan Animal Studies and the Wesleyan Student Assembly hosted a bus trip to the Bronx Zoo's Congo Forest.  Professor Weil gave a brief history of zoos on the trip to the zoo, students heard currator Colleen McCann talk about the gorillas at the zoo and the work that the Wildlife Conservation Society is doing to protect gorillas and other apes in Africa, and Professor Gruen raised questions about the ethics of captivity on the way back to Wesleyan.