CONTACT: JANE HOSHI
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0017; fax (319) 384-0024
"Minding Animals" is focus of Saturday Scholars program
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- People whispering to horses, primates learning sign
language, and family dogs making amazing rescues -- these exchanges between
humans and animals are recognized indicators of animal intelligence. Dr.
Edward Wasserman, professor of psychology and a leading authority on animal
and human cognition, will present "Minding Animals," at Saturday
Scholars: Tailgating for the Mind, 9 a.m., 40 Schaeffer Hall, Saturday,
Wasserman will trace the scientific study of animal intelligence and
present recent findings that document unprecedented mental abilities. "As
the title "Minding Animals" suggests, we should pay attention
to animals and learn from them about the nature and evolution of our own
human intelligence," said Wasserman. "Animals do show behaviors
that fully justify our attributing to them adaptive mental functions like
learning, memory and cognition."
The program is free and open to the public. Coffee and donuts will be
served at 8:45 a.m. with presentation following from 9 a.m.-10 a.m. Registration
is encouraged but not required. Call 384-0017.
Future "Saturday Scholars" programs include:
Christopher Roy, professor of art and art history and Linda McIntyre, associate
director, "Art and Life in Africa Project." Roy and McIntyre
will show how advanced technology is bringing the masterpieces of African
art and creativity to Iowa. (Oct. 24, Iowa vs. Wisconsin, Parents Weekend);
Ed Folsom, professor of English, "Photo-Sensitive: Walt Whitman and
Nineteenth Century Photography." Folsom will explore how Whitman,
the most photographed writer of the century, wrote a poetry that was "photographic"
in its ways of seeing and describing the world. (Nov. 14, Iowa vs. Ohio