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Women's Studies Keynote Event

Wednesday, 26 March, 2014 @ 05:00 PM | Cost:Admission is free

'The Last Walk: Caring for Our Animal Companions' will be presented by Jessica Pierce (Univeristy of Colorado Denver) as a part of WHAM! 2014 'Wo/men in Nature and Nurture'.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities and will be followed by a reception (co-sponsored by UBoard)

From the website of bioethicist and writer, Jessica Pierce:

Over the last two decades, I’ve written extensively and broadly within the field of bioethics, beginning with an early interest in the interconnections between health care systems, environmental degradation, and health (The Ethics of Environmentally Sustainable Health Care). I helped nurture environmental bioethics into a recognized (though still marginalized) field of discourse within medical ethics. Over the past decade, my work has increasingly turned toward one of my principle passions in life: animals. My 2009 book Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals, written in collaboration with cognitive ethologist Marc Bekoff, builds a scientific case that nonhuman animals exhibit of a broad range of prosocial behaviors, including empathy, cooperation, fairness. My 2012 book, The Last Walk: Reflections on Our Pets at the Ends of Their Lives, explores end-of-life care, dying, and euthanasia in the lives of our companion animals, weaving analysis together with a journal chronicling the decline and death of my beloved dog Odysseus.

After graduating from Scripps College in Claremont, California, I went on to earn a Master of Divinity from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in religious ethics  from the University of Virginia.

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