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Carleton’s 2013 Lefler Lecture Highlights “Animals and Humans in Louis XIV’s Paris”

January 16, 2013

Anita Guerrini, a historian of the life sciences and medicine and a professor at Oregon State University, will deliver the Winter 2013 Herbert P. Lefler Lecture in History at Carleton College on Wednesday, Jan. 23. Guerrini’s talk, entitled “Animals and Humans in Louis XIV’s Paris,” will explore animals, anatomy and natural history during the reign of Louis XIV (r. 1643-1715). The lecture begins at 5 p.m. in room 305 of Leighton Hall, and it is free and open to the public.

Guerrini is particularly interested in environmental history and in the history of the relationship between animals and human beings. She is currently writing a book, The Courtiers’ Anatomists, which will focus on the subjects to be discussed in her lecture at Carleton, and is also researching the role of history in ecological restoration. In addition to many published articles, Guerrini co-edited the book Ballads and Broadsides in Britain, 1500-1800 (Ashgate, 2010), which focuses on the development of popular print in early modern Britain. She is also the author of Obesity and Depression in the Enlightenment: The Life and Times of George Cheyne (University of Oklahoma Press, 2000), Experimenting with Humans and Animals: From Galen to Animal Rights (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003) and Natural History and the New World, 1524-1770: An Annotated Bibliography (American Philosophical Society, 1986). A graduate of Connecticut College, Oxford University and Indiana University, Guerrini taught at the University of Minnesota and the University of California at Santa Barbara before coming to Oregon State.

Carleton College’s Lefler Lecture Series, endowed by Herbert P. and Mary Jane Lefler, is designed to bring prominent historians to campus that have recently raised important conceptual questions relevant to the entire discipline of history.  Recent Lefler lecturers have included Michael Gomez, a professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic history at New York University, and Giancarlo Casale, a professor of Ottoman history at the University of Minnesota. These Lefler lectures have taken place each term since the fall of 1979.

For more information about this event, including disability accommodations, contact the Carleton College Department of History at (507) 222-4217. Leighton Hall is located at the end of North College Street in Northfield.

Written by Jacob Cohn '13