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Upcoming Appearances

March 21, 2019, 6:00pm (reception 5:30pm)

Rhodes College
Memphis, Tennessee
Personalities on the Plate: The Lives and Minds of the Animals We Eat
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TED2019 | Bigger Than Us

April 15-19, 2019

TED2019 | Bigger Than Us
Vancouver, Canada
Barbara will be speaking about Animal Grief.
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Select Past Appearances

November 16, 2018, 8:30pm – 9:15pm

American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting
San Jose, California
Animals Who Think and Feel: A View From the Intersection of Biological Anthropology and Activism
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August 11-12, 2018

Farm Sanctuary
Watkins Glen, New York
Talk on animal love and grief
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June 2, 2018, 8pm

World Science Festival
The Believing Brain: Evolution, Neuroscience, and the Spiritual Instinct
Gerald W. Lynch Theatre at John Jay College
New York City
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Field Report Podcast (interview begins at 52:40)

March 23, 2018

Virginia Festival of the Book
Charlottesville, VA
Panel: Hidden Lives: Exploring Our Relationships with Animals (Barbara J. King, Abbie Gascho Landis, Maryn McKenna)


September, 2017

Conference ‘Social Media in Academia’
Notre Dame University
Keynote talk: Animals Who Love and Grieve: The Anthropology of Animal Emotions.

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On Neanderthal Religion
NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered
Barbara is in conversation with Michel Martin about our evolutionary cousins and the evidence for their possible religiosity.

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The Future of Zoos
The Diane Rehm Radio Show
In conversation with Tom Gjelten, Andrew Revkin and Dennis Kelly, Barbara argues it is necessary to think hard about which animals should not be confined to zoos, and how animals should be confined in the zoos that remain, going forward.

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BBC Long segment includes Barbara in conversation with others; shorter segments are Barbara on her own in 2-minute clip on bird grief, and on her own doing 60 Second Idea To Change the World.

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