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USD Hosts Ethics, Law and Society Lecture

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Department of History and Philosophy will host Alice Crary of the New School for the 2nd annual Ethics, Law and Society Lecture April 19 at 2 p.m. in Old Main’s Farber Hall.

The title of the lecture is “The Horrific History of Comparisons between Cognitive Disability and Animality (and How to Move Past It).”

Crary’s talk combines a call for extreme caution in the use of animal comparisons with a defense of equal human dignity that acknowledges moral fellowship between human beings—whatever the level or nature of their cognitive endowments—and non-human animals.

The lecture is free and open to the public.


USD's College of Arts & Sciences offers students a top-notch undergraduate liberal arts education in the humanities, social sciences and sciences as well as graduate programs that have earned USD distinction as a research university by the Carnegie Foundation. The college's more than 22,000 alumni include famous journalists, Hollywood screenwriters, novelists, a Nobel Prize winner, South Dakota governors, attorneys, physicians, justices of the state Supreme Court, distinguished university faculty and international humanitarians.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
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