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Animal Science and the American Civil War

To launch Virginia Commonwealth University’s Science, Technology, and Society 2018 speaker series, “Imagining Animals Through Science,” in conjunction with the Library of Virginia, this panel discussion will examine the complex relationships between Victorian Americans, science, and animals in the midst of such turbulent events as slavery, the Civil War, and ecosystem decline. Henry A. McGhie (head of collections and curator of zoology at Manchester Museum, University of Manchester) will address the rise of scientific ornithology and bird conservation in connection with Confederate blockades, and Abraham H. Gibson (National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow, Center for Biology and Society, Arizona State University) will detail the evolutionary and social history of domesticated animals, such as pigs, cattle, and horses, that went feral. Kathryn Shively Meier (author of Nature's Civil War) will moderate. A reception precedes the event (5:30–6:00 PM), the panel runs from 6:00 to 7:30 PM, and a book signing follows. For more information, please contact kmeier@vcu.edu or 804.828.8427.

Animal Science and the American Civil War