“Human and Nonhuman Animals: Minds and Morals” May 11-13, 2017 University of Connecticut, Storrs

The Expression, Communication, and Origins of Meaning (ECOM) Research Group is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a conference on:
May 11-13, 2017 
University of Connecticut, Storrs
The conference will bring together researchers from a number of disciplines working on continuities and discontinuities in human/nonhuman cognition, emotions, social organization and morally relevant behavior, and implications for the human treatment of nonhuman animals.  
Invited Speakers:
Contributed Papers:
Full titles, schedule and abstracts are available at our conference webpage.
Please register for the conference by clicking here. Registration is completely free, but mandatory, so that we can properly arrange for catering.
ECOM welcomes interested researchers from all nearby institutions to attend. Travel information for visitors to UConn can be found at the conference webpage.
The conference will also have a full conference dinner at Chang's Garden on Friday evening. If you would like to attend the conference dinner, please register for the dinner by clicking here.

Conference Schedule:

Thursday, May 11th:
 2:00-3:00PM    Registration & Welcome
 2:15-2:30PM    Opening Remarks

 2:30-3:45PM    Lori Gruen - "Empathy in Mind"

 4:00-5:00PM    Kelsey Gipe - "Empathy and the Problem of Altruism"

 5:15-6:30PM    Kristin Leimgruber - "Sensitivity to Social Rewards and the Evolution of  Uniquely Human Prosocial Behavior: Evolution from Young Children and Capuchin Monkeys (
Cebus apella)"          
Friday May 12th:
 9:30-10:00AM    Breakfast - Coffee & Bagels

 10:00-11:15AM   Peter Carruthers - "Basic Questions"

 11:30-12:30PM   Gary Comstock* - "Psychological Unity in First-Order Accounts of Metacognitive Behavior in Animals"

 12:30-1:30PM     Lunch! (sandwiches, etc. provided)

 1:30-2:45PM       Hans-Johann Glock - "Determinacy of Content -- The Hard Problem about Animal Thinking"

 3:00-4:00PM       Nicolas Delon & Duncan Purves - "Meaning in the Lives of Humans and Other Animals"

 4:15-5:30PM       Darcia Narvaez - "Humanity's Evolved Nest and its Co-Construction of Human Nature and Morality"

 6:30PM               Workshop Dinner at Chang's Garden

Saturday May 13th:
 9:30-10:00AM      Breakfast - Coffee & Bagels

 10:00-11:15AM    William Hopkins - "Cognitive Neuroscience Research with Chimpanzees and Other Great Apes: Benefiting Human Health and Improving Animal Welfare"

 11:30-12:45PM    Katherine A. Cronin - "Advancing Primate Welfare Through Science at a Modern Zoo"

 12:45-2:00PM      Lunch! (sandwiches, etc. provided)

 2:00-3:30PM        Panel Discussion

* Joint work with William Bauer.    
This conference is made possible with generous support from the UConn Philosophy Department, UConn Humanities Institute and the Connecticut Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences.

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