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Nov. 5 Lecture: Place Matters in Human-Whale Interactions

Release Date: 11-01-2010

Contact: University Communications Staff
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Traci Warkentin, assistant professor in the Department of Geography at Hunter College, City University of New York, will give a talk titled "Examining Places Where Humans Meet Whales" on Friday, Nov. 5 at noon in 109 Lafayette.

Warkentin, whose research interests include human-animal relations, environmental ethics, and environmental and geographic education, will explore how the location of human-whale interactions plays an important role in shaping the attitudes that develop about the animals. Drawing on examples from extensive fieldwork in the United States, Canada and Australia, she will illustrate key differences in the physical structures and social dynamics across and between places of human-whale encounter. The sites range from large aquariums, such as Sea World, Orlando and Marineland, Canada, to swim-with-dolphins facilities in the Florida Keys, to a remote beach in Monkey Mia, Western Australia.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Department of Geography, the Environmental Studies Program and the Interdisciplinary Workshop Series at UVM.