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October 25, 2016

Professor Harlan Weaver gives talk at Montana State University

Submitted by Harlan Weaver

Poster for Harlan Weaver's Montana talk

"Why should we care about animals when humans continue to be oppressed?"

Harlan Weaver, assistant professor of gender, women, and sexuality studies, gave a talk that sought to respond to this question as part of Montana State University's College of Letters & Science Distinguished Speaker Series Oct. 6.

Weaver's presentation, "It's Me and the Dog: Imagining Multi Species Justice," countered the ways that questions such as those noted above position the concerns of marginalized humans as counter to those of animals.

Articulating a means of thinking and understanding human and animal needs together through examples such as the Michael Vick case and contemporary controversies in dog training, Weaver demonstrated a form of justice oriented toward both humans and nonhuman animals, a multispecies justice.

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