CORVALLIS, Ore. – Anita Guerrini, Horning Professor in the Humanities in Oregon State University’s history department, will deliver a lecture titled “Do Animals Have a History – and Why Should We Care?” on Monday, Feb. 2, at OSU.

Her lecture, which begins at 4 p.m. in Memorial Union 109, is free and open to the public.

This is the second lecture in the 2008-09 Horning Lecture Series organized by the OSU Horning Endowment in the Humanities.

In her lecture, Guerrini will explore whether animals have been participants in human history – and whether they have a history of their own. This talk will examine the meanings of human, humanism, and the humanities as well as the meaning of history and histories, written and unwritten. The possibility of a history of animals, she says, gains credence by examining the possibility of history itself.

Guerrini was educated at Connecticut College, Oxford University, and Indiana University, where she received a Ph.D. in history and philosophy of science. Her most recent book is “Experimenting with Humans and Animals: From Galen to Animal Rights” (2003). She is working on two projects: animals in the scientific revolution and the role of history in present-day ecological restoration.

The Thomas Hart and Mary Jones Horning Endowment in the Humanities is housed in the Department of History and its activities are organized and coordinated through the department. Events are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the History Department at 541-737-8560 or visit

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