July 24, 2021, 12:00pm ET
Extending Compassion for All Beings: A Facebook Live Conversation
Barbara joins Phoenix Zones Initiative founder Dr. Hope Ferdowsian on Facebook Live for story-telling about the joys animals bring her and for discussion about increasing compassion for all animals.
June 23, 2021, 7:00pm ET
Beyond Binaries: A Conversation about Humans and Other Animals
Virtual event with pattrice jones of VINE Sanctuary in Vermont
June 1, 2021, 10:00am – 10:30am ET
Keynote Speaker, Transforming Animals’ Lives through Compassion: Views from Anthropology and Activism
Human-Animal Studies Israel (HASI) Annual Conference 2021: Human-Animal Relations: Opportunities and Challenges in Changing Realities
Event info coming soon.
May 18, 2021, 7:00pm – 8:00pm ET
Farm Sanctuary Speakers Series
In conversation with Jeff VanderMeer
Join me in conversation with best-selling author Jeff VanderMeer in this Farm Sanctuary Speakers Series event.
May 5, 2021, 3:00pm – 4:00pm ET
Webinar on public advocacy for animals in anthropology, with Dr. Amanda Stronza led by Dr. Lori Marino
Event info coming soon
April 29, 2021, 7:00pm – 8:30pm ET
Special Events: Animals’ Best Friends: Putting Compassion to Work for Animals in Captivity and in the Wild WITH BARBARA J. KING
Lexington Community Education
Come listen to my public talk with Lexington MA Community Education
April 26, 2021, 5:00pm – 6:00pm ET
Community Conversation with Author Barbara J. King
In Conversation with Lisa Fontaine
The Human Rescue Alliance
Join me in conversation with Human Rescue Alliance President and CEO Lisa Fontaine.
April 22, 2021, 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET
By the Book: Smart Talk with Authors
An Earth Day conversation with Brendan Keim
The University of Chicago Press
On Earth Day, join me in conversation with journalist Brandon Keim about my new book on compassion for animals.
Select Past Appearances
April 15-19, 2019
TED2019 | Bigger Than Us
Barbara spoke at the TED 2019 conference in Vancouver, Canada, on April 18. In a main stage talk, she discussed animal grief and love, and how our recognition of these emotions compels us to be better, and do better, for animals.
Her talk was noted in the TED Highlights blog post for this year’s conference. https://blog.ted.com/in-case-you-missed-it-highlights-from-ted2019/
January 25, 2020, 1:00pm – 1:45pm
V72: The Big Event
Hosted by Vegan Action Richmond
2818 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23230
I’m talking about how an understanding of animals as thinking, feeling beings may impact our food system.
April 28, 2019, 1:30pm – 3:00pm
The Evolution of Religious Belief: Seeking Deep Evolutionary Roots (Panel Discussion)
National Museum of Natural History
Barbara discussed how we may better understand the human impulse for religious belief by adopting an evolutionary perspective. A panel discussion followed with Dr. Nancy Howell from St. Paul School of Theology, Dr. Michael Tenneson from Evangel University, and Fr. Peter Ryan from Sacred Heart Major Seminary, moderated by Dr. Jim Miller from the Presbyterian Association on Science, Technology, and the Christian Faith.
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March 21, 2019, 6:00pm (reception 5:30pm)
Personalities on the Plate: The Lives and Minds of the Animals We Eat
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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
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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March 23, 2018
Virginia Festival of the Book
Panel: Hidden Lives: Exploring Our Relationships with Animals (Barbara J. King, Abbie Gascho Landis, Maryn McKenna)
Conference ‘Social Media in Academia’
Notre Dame University
Keynote talk: Animals Who Love and Grieve: The Anthropology of Animal Emotions.
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.
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.
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.