This month, UBC Reports launched the first in a series of articles on the scope and nature of research involving animals. The first letter comes from the Green College convenors of the Thematic Series: Bringing the Collective Together: Nonhuman Animals, Humans and Practice at the University. Professor Laura Janara along with her students: Afsoun Afsahi, Darren Chang, Aylon Cohen, Viara Gioreva, Dalaina Heiberg, Manjot Parhar, Shirin Shushtarian, Kaitlin Wood put together five lectures and panel discussions with dozens of scholars from the humanities, social sciences and sciences who would otherwise have scant occasion to interact. This lecture series initiated meaningful interdisciplinary, scholarly deliberation about the use of nonhuman animals in university teaching and research.
Throughout June, UBC Reports is encouraging an ongoing dialogue on animal research at the university by inviting current students, faculty and staff to contribute their own letters.