2016-2017 Animal Ethics

Below is our list of dates for the academic year 2016-2017:

October 27th, 2016: Harriet Ritvo, PhD, Arthur J. Connor Professor of History at MIT, will discuss her work on the history of human animal relations and natural history. A public lecture, co-sponsored by Yale’s Department of Environmental History will follow in the afternoon.  For Dr. Ritvo’s professional biography, click on the link below:


November 17th, 2016: Elinor Karlsson, PhD, assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Program in Molecular Medicine. Dr. Karlsson will discuss her current research on the evolution of canine genome and ethical dimensions of using dogs as models for human neurological and psychiatric disease. She will also give a public lecture on her research project called “Darwin’s Dogs” that will be co-sponsored by Canine Cognition Center at Yale University.



January 19th, 2017: Dr. Alicia Karas, veterinary anesthesiologist and pain specialist at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and noted expert on pain management in laboratory animals and alternatives to animal use in research and teaching . Dr. Karas will discuss current practices and recent advances in reduction of use and pain in animals used as experimental subjects or for teaching purposes. For more information on Dr. Karas see:


February 9th, 2017: Emily Anthes, award winning science journalist and author will join the study group to discuss her book Frankenstein’s Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech’s Brave New Beasts. A public lecture (co-sponsored by Yale’s history of science department) will follow in the afternoon.  For more information on Emily Anthes’ biography and work see:


March 30th, 2017: Elizabeth Strand, PhD, LCSW, Founding Director of Veterinary Social Work and the “All Creatures Great and Small” Endowed Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee Colleges of Social Work and Veterinary Medicine. Strand will discuss her research on unique psychological challenges faced by animal care professionals and the ethical dimensions of professional animal welfare work. Dr. Strand will also be speaking on March 29th at the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association’s Annual Meeting in Harford, Ct.