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EKU to Host International “Living with Animals” Conference March 19-21

EKU to Host International “Living with Animals” Conference March 19-21

Presenters and attendees from at least 11 countries will converge on our campus March 19-21 for the second biennial “Living with Animals Conference.”

The event is sponsored by our Animal Studies program, the only such undergraduate program in the world. The sessions, much like the EKU academic program, are quite multidisciplinary in content, blending psychology, gender studies, literature, the arts, law, agriculture, ethics and many more diverse disciplines.

Naturally, in the Horse Country of the Bluegrass, several sessions are devoted to the horse. Other sessions focus on a wide range of animals – dogs, cats, elephants, whales and apes and more.

One of the more interesting sessions is an exhibit devoted to the art of Chantek. No, that’s not some long-forgotten artist from medieval times but an orangutan raised in a human setting at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he learned gestural signs based on American Sign Language and began to finger paint at about two years of age. At first, he exhibited patterns and techniques similar to young children. In later years, his paintings came to resemble Asian calligraphy. He also completed a variety of simple craft projects.

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Living with Animals Conference

Animal Studies Program

Published on February 28, 2015

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