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The anthrozoology master’s program is pleased to announce that Dr. Bénédicte Boisseron, professor of Afro American and African Studies at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and author of  Afro-Dog: Blackness and the Animal Question, will be the distinguished speaker at the program’s upcoming virtual on-campus component. Members of the Canisius community are invited to attend her presentation (via Zoom) on Thursday, September 2 at 7:00 p.m.  To attend, please register at

Dr. Boisseron’s work brings into conversation Black Diasporic Studies, Animal Studies, and Environmental Humanities. She is the author of Creole Renegades: Rhetoric of Betrayal and Guilt in the Caribbean Diaspora (2014), 2015 winner of the Nicolás Guillén Outstanding Book Award from the Caribbean Philosophical Association. Her most recent book, Afro-Dog: Blackness and the Animal Question (2018), draws on current debates about Black life and animal rights in the history and culture of the Americas and the Black Atlantic. She is currently at work on a book titled Black Freeganism, on the poetics of repurposing, reclaiming, and reusing in a black context.

Submitted by: Christy Hoffman, associate professor, ABEC