Author to discuss humans’ relationship with nonhuman animals

Charles Siebert

Author and journalist Charles Siebert will deliver a talk on Tuesday, Jan. 14 focusing on his experiences interacting with and writing about non-human animals. Siebert will discuss the relationship between animals and humans through biology, language, and behavior. This event will be held at 6:10 p.m. in Rm. 129 of Yale Law School, 127 Wall St. Siebert’s talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Poynter Fellowship in Journalism and the Law, Ethics & Animals Program at Yale Law School.

Siebert is a professor of literature and creative writing at New York University-Abu Dhabi. He is also a contributing writer to The New York Times. Additionally, his work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, Esquire, Vanity Fair, and National Geographic. He has published three memoirs, including the critically acclaimed “The Wauchula Woods Accord: Toward a New Understanding of Animals.” His most recent New York Times Magazine cover story discussed the importation of African elephants by zoos in the United States. The story became a driving factor behind the passage of a new Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species resolution that prohibits the importation of wild elephants for zoo exhibits.

The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism was established by Nelson Poynter, who received his master’s degree in 1927 from Yale. The fellowship brings to campus distinguished reporters, editors and others who have made important contributions to the media. Among recent Poynter fellows are Javier Espada, Henry Finder, and Stephanie Burt.

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