Provost Michael R. Halleran sent the following message to the campus community on Oct. 27, 2015. - Ed.
Dear William & Mary community,
Due to increased interest for the Tack Faculty Lecture by Chancellor Professor of Anthropology Barbara J. King, we have moved the event Wednesday (Oct. 28) evening to the Commonwealth Auditorium in the Sadler Center.
The lecture, “Wild Grief/Untamed Love: Emotions in the Animal World,” will begin at 7 p.m. but we recommend you arrive early as we expect a full house. Doors will open at the Commonwealth at 6:30 p.m.
Parking for guests attending this event is available in the Zable Stadium Lot, Old Dominion Lot, the James Blair lot and along James Blair Drive. Parking passes are not required.
As I mentioned in my message earlier this month, Professor King is teaching her final semester at William & Mary after joining the faculty in 1988. This “almost last lecture” will look at a phenomenon that many have been taking for granted: the rich and complex emotional life of animals. King will discuss what scientists have discovered about animal emotions, particularly those two sides of a high-denomination coin – grief and love. Her research interests center upon, but go far beyond, communication and cognition in non-human primates. King is one of America’s leading public intellectuals, a prolific speaker and writer on science issues, with special attention given to animal rights, including the rights of Homo sapiens. She is a weekly contributor to National Public Radio’s 13.7: Cosmos and Culture blog and is the author of a number of books, notably Evolving God, Being With Animals, The Dynamic Dance and How Animals Grieve. She just submitted the manuscript of her latest book, Animals We Eat, to University of Chicago Press.
A generous commitment by Martha and Carl Tack (both class of 1978) established the Tack Faculty Lecture Series. In the event we reach capacity in the Commonwealth Auditorium, we have arranged for overflow seating in the Chesapeake A room in the Sadler Center. A reception in Chesapeake will follow the lecture. Tickets are not required, but we are asking attendees to RSVP.
We look forward to seeing you Wednesday night for what will be an excellent lecture.