december, 2015

2dec6:00 pm- 8:00 pmHarriet Ritvo: "The World as Zoo"


Event Details

“Faculty and graduate students in the Department of History are warmly invited to a seminar with Harriet Ritvo (MIT) on Wednesday, December 2 at 6:00pm in Faculty House (64 Morningside Drive). Professor Ritvo is hosted by the Columbia Human-Animal Studies Seminar. She will lead a discussion of her paper on exotic animal breeding in nineteenth-century Britain, titled “The World As Zoo.”
Harriet Ritvo is the Arthur J. Conner Professor of History at MIT. She is the author of The Dawn of Green: Manchester, Thirlmere, and Modern Environmentalism (Chicago UP, 2009), The Platypus and the Mermaid, and Other Figments of the Classifying Imagination (Harvard UP, 1997), The Animal Estate: The English and Other Creatures in the Victorian Age (Harvard UP, 1987), and Noble Cows and Hybrid Zebras: Essays on Animals and History (Virginia, 2010); she is the editor of Charles Darwin’s The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998). Her articles and reviews on British cultural history, environmental history, and the history of human-animal relations have appeared in a wide range of periodicals, including The London Review of Books, Science, Daedalus, The American Scholar, Technology Review, and The New York Review of Books, as well as scholarly journals in several fields. Her current research concerns wildness and domestication.
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For more information about the seminar and the seminar series, please contact Susan Crane, or Matt Margini,


(Wednesday) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Faculty House, 64 Morningside Dr, New York, NY 10027, USA

64 Morningside Dr, New York, NY 10027