Animal: What Makes Us Human

How Should Humans Treat Animals?

The way we treat animals—at home and in the lab—vexes many. The lenses of law and science offer distinctive perspectives on this perennial issue. Join philosopher Martha Nussbaum and legal scholar Julie Roin, both of the University of Chicago, and Emory University primatologist Frans de Waal, author of The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates, for a conversation that gets to the heart of our Animal Festival.

Images by Alissa Zhu

Speakers and Performers

Martha Nussbaum

Martha Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago. She is the author or editor of over twenty books and her newest book, The New Religious Tolerance, was published in July 2012. In 2009 Nussbaum won the A.SK award from the German Social Science Research Council for her contributions to “social system reform,” and the American Philosophical Society’s Henry M. Phillips Prize in Jurisprudence.

Frans de Waal

Frans B. M. de Waal is a Dutch/American behavioral biologist. His first book, Chimpanzee Politics, compared the schmoozing and scheming of chimpanzees involved in power struggles with that of human politicians. Ever since, he has drawn parallels between primate and human behavior, from peacemaking and morality to culture. His latest book is The Bonobo and the Atheist. De Waal is C. H. Candler Professor in the Psychology Department of Emory University and director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center.

Julie Roin

Julie Roin is the Seymour Logan Professor of Law at the University of Chicago where she teaches federal income taxation, local government, and state and local finance. She received her BA from Harvard-Radcliffe College and her JD from Yale Law School. Following law school, Ms. Roin clerked for the Hon. Patricia M. Wald of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. She then practiced general tax law for three years with the Washington, DC law firm of Caplin & Drysdale. Roin has taught law at the University of Virginia, Yale, Harvard, Michigan, and Northwestern.

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Leaders And Thinkers

Frans de Waal
Faculty page at Emory University
Martha Nussbaum
Julie Roin
Faculty pages at The University of Chicago School of Law

Good Reads

Not for Profit
An interview with Martha Nussbaum on the humanities and democracy
The Brains of the Animal Kingdom
Frans de Waal's WSJ essay on animal intelligence and empathy