Well, November’s Etcetera is fast approaching! If you were not able to join us last month, we have a new location (CoWharf, on the second floor of 140 East Front Street – where the magic shop used to be)*, and a new night of the week this month (because of Thanksgiving we are meeting on Thursday, November 21), and a new time (7:30 – or main speaker has to drive to get here). However, the after-party discussion remains the same, as does the format (a topical presentation followed by Q &A), goals and vision of etcetera:
Etcetera is street level philosophy group, motivated by Socrates’ maxim: “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Our goal is to create a forum of honest inquiry, informed discourse, and reasonable presentations of even the most volatile of issues. Our ultimate goal is to bring moral and/or philosophical clarity to our culture, our world, and our very existence.
This month, Prof. David Favre will be addressing the topic of “Animal Rights.” Prior to joining the Law College faculty in 1976, Professor Favre was a practicing attorney in Virginia. He has written several articles and books dealing with animal issues including such topics as animal cruelty, wildlife law, the use of animals for scientific research, and international control of animal trade. His books include Animal Law and Dog Behavior, Animal Law: Welfare, Interest, and Rights, and International Trade in Endangered Species. He also has presented to international audiences on these topics. He is a national officer of the Animal Legal Defense Fund and of the ABA Committee on Animal Law. He served as interim dean of the Law College from 1993 to 1996 and from 1999 to 2000. He teaches Property, International Environmental Law, Wildlife Law, and Animal Law. He is also the Editor-in-Chief at theAnimal Legal & Historical Center, a project of the Michigan State University College of Law. (www.animallaw.info)
In addition, Kim Bindschatel will be showing a clip from Earthlings, a 2005 documentary film about humanity’s use of animals as pets, food, clothing, entertainment, and for scientific research as an introduction to the optic
See you at CoWharf on Thursday, November 21, at 7:300!