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Illustration from the Nuremberg Chronicle (public domain)

Peabody Science Cafe

A Primatologist and an English Professor Walk into BAR…

A Conversation on Animal Consciousness


Tuesday, November 19 at 7:00 pm

Location: BAR, 254 Crown Street, New Haven


We think of Homo sapiens as intelligent, self-aware beings—but what about other members of the animal kingdom? Where do we draw the line? And who is it that draws that line?


Meet us at BAR for informal conversations with scholars on natural history themes. Admission is free; you buy the food and drink (21 and over only).


The Primatologist: Amanda Dettmer, Associate Research Scientist at the Yale Child Study Center, is an expert in primate behavior and biology. She has studied nonhuman primate models of child development for over 20 years, focusing on how early life experiences contribute to social and cognitive development.


The English Professor: Jonathan Kramnick, Maynard Mack Professor of English at Yale, is a specialist in eighteenth-century literature and the relations between literature, philosophy, and science. He regularly teaches and writes about the representation of animal consciousness and cognition in literary texts, and the complicated ethical and aesthetic questions animals pose for us.