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Ambivalence Towards Animals and The Moral Community 

When: Sat., March 17, 11 a.m. 2012
Phone: 744-3351
In one of my favorite scenes in the Werner Herzog documentary Grizzly Man, Timothy Treadwell finds a cub’s dismembered arm after it’s been killed by an older male bear. For Treadwell, the act is an outrage against the innocence he projects onto the natural world. For Herzog, it’s a confirmation of the brutality and violence that are at the heart of all wild spaces. The Frist Center’s exhibition Fairy Tales, Monsters, and the Genetic Imagination is crawling with creatures of all kinds, and tonight’s lecture uses the show as a jumping-off point to discuss how our bipolar perspectives on wilderness and wild animals play into our fantasies about what is natural and what is not. “Ambivalence Toward Animals and the Moral Community” is presented by Kelly Oliver, Ph.D., W. Alton Jones Chair of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University.
— Joe Nolan


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