Friday, November 19, 2010

Ethical Treatment of Elephants Topic of Talk

CHESTERTOWN, MD—Two experts from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute will lecture on society’s treatment of elephants in a talk Tuesday, November 30 at Washington College. Catherine A. Christen and Peter Leimgruber will present “Elephants and Ethics: Toward a Morality of Coexistence” at 7:30 p.m. in the Litrenta Lecture Hall on the College campus, 300 Washington Avenue.

Based on Christen’s 2008 book of the same title, the talk will explore the history of human perspectives on elephants—as war machines, sources of ivory, and objects of entertainment—and the responsibility of humans to protect the species.

An environmental historian at the Center for Conservation Education and Sustainability, Christen focuses her research on the practice and history of conservation science and wildlife management. Leimgruber, a research scientist and conservation biologist at the Conservation Ecology Center, studies the application of geographic information systems and satellite tracking techniques to the conservation and management of endangered species.

The talk is free and open to the public.

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