Animal Lives–Genius, Feral, and Cannibal

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Fri. March 24, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902


Authors Jennifer Ackerman (The Genius of Birds), Abraham H. Gibson (Feral Animals in the American South), and Bill Schutt (Cannibalism) discuss the evolutionary history, exceptional talents, and natural traits of animals.

Why should you attend?

“Lovely, celebratory. For all the belittling of ‘bird brains,’ [Ackerman] shows them to be uniquely impressive machines…”—New York Times Book Review 

“Abraham Gibson’s Feral Animals in the American South tells a fascinating story of animals in the American South and, as importantly, a fascinating story of humans―free and enslaved―in the American South. One comes away wiser and in many respects sadder about our relationships with animals and at least as much about our relationships with each other.”―Michael Ruse, editor of The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Darwin and Evolutionary Thought

“A clear-headed, sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic—and always fascinating—compendium of one of Western culture’s strongest taboos. From the Australian redback spider to the Donner Party, Schutt examines the evolutionary purposes that eating one’s own can serve.”—Cat Warren, New York Times bestselling author of What the Dog Knows