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Date(s) - February 9, 2023
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Longs Peak Room, Lory Student Center


Please save the date for the inaugural Bernie Rollin Memorial Lecture in Animal Ethics with our guest scholar, Clare Palmer, from Texas A&M University.  Dr. Palmer’s public lecture will take place on Thursday, February 9th in the Longs Peak Room (Lory Student Center, room 302). 

Clare PalmerThrown to the Wolves? Animal Ethics and Predator Reintroduction

From wolves to jaguars, from sea-eagles to lynx, predator reintroduction is an important plank of conservation policy and practice. Such reintroductions are often contentious, especially when seen as prioritizing ecosystem restoration or species protection over important human interests. But recently, new objections to predator reintroduction have emerged from within animal ethics, maintaining that predator reintroduction is ethically unacceptable because of its impacts on the animals (rather than the humans) affected by it. I’ll explain these objections and argue that predator reintroduction shouldn’t be ruled out, even from views on which individual animals have ethical priority.


Clare Palmer is the George T. and Gladys H. Abell Professor of Liberal Arts and Professor of Philosophy. She is the author or co-author of four books, including Animal Ethics in Context (New York: Columbia University Press 2010). Along with four co-authors, she’s just completed a new book, Wildlife Ethics: The ethics of wildlife management and conservation to be published by Wiley Blackwell in 2023. She has edited or co-edited a number of collections, including Linking Ecology and Ethics for a Changing World (Springer, 2014). She is also the author or co-author of more than 100 other publications, in journals ranging from the Journal of Applied Philosophy to The Veterinary Record and Trends in Ecology and Evolution. She was the founding editor of the journal Worldviews: Environment, Culture, Religion (Brill Academic Press) and held the position of President of the International Society for Environmental Ethics from 2007-2010. She was co-PI on the NSF grant Genomics and Society from 2012-2016 and served from 2017-2019 on a National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine committee on the potential for biotechnology to address forest health.