Sidore Lecture: Steven M. Wise "The Nonhuman Rights Project's Struggle to Attain Legal Rights for Nonhuman Animals"
Steven M. Wise is President of the Nonhuman Rights Project and holds a J.D. from Boston University Law School and a B.S. in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary. He has practiced animal protection law for 38 years throughout the United States. Currently he teaches “Animal Rights Jurisprudence” at the Vermont, and Lewis and Clark Law Schools and has taught “Animal Rights Law” at the Harvard, University of Miami, St. Thomas and John Marshall Law Schools. He regularly lectures throughout the world.
He is the author of four books: Rattling the Cage – Toward Legal Rights for Animals (2000); Drawing the Line – Science and the Case for Animal Rights (2003); Though the Heavens May Fall – The Landmark Trial That Led to the End of Human Slavery (2005); and An American Trilogy – Death, Slavery, and Dominion Along the Banks of the Cape Fear River (2009). DA Pennebaker, 2012 recipient of an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement, and his wife and fellow filmmaker, Chris Hegedus, premiered “Unlocking the Cage,” an HBO documentary about the Nonhuman Rights Project and its first cases, in which it sought common law writs of habeas corpus in New York courts on behalf of four chimpanzees, at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.
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The Saul O Sidore Memorial Lecture Series was established in 1965 in memory of Saul O Sidore of Manchester, New Hampshire. The purpose of the series is to offer the University community and the state of New Hampshire programs that raise critical and sometimes controversial issues facing our society. The University of New Hampshire Center for the Humanities sponsors the programs.
This year's theme is "Who’s Human Now? Historical and Philosophical Ideas About Humanity and Personhood."