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By the Book: A Conversation With J. Keri Cronin, Author of A

By the Book: A Conversation with J. Keri Cronin, Author of Art for Animals: Visual Culture and Animal Advocacy, 1870-1914.
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 | 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
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How do art and activism intersect? J. Keri Cronin explores how art and visual culture were used by animal advocates at the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth. Cronin demonstrates that like today's animal advocates, early reformers sought to strike a balance between images that would appeal to compassion and those that would repel people from the cause. She examines paintings, photographs, films, and other images exploring how visual culture advanced animal advocacy both in public and in the home. She tackles the topic of "bearing witness" demonstrating how activists and educators relied on the newest technology to document animal cruelty. Cronin shows why the study of previous campaigns helps to shape the debate in the twenty-first century, claiming that as in previous periods, these "images are both central and highly contested in the context of today's activism." She demonstrates how visual culture has been used by animal advocates to reveal the suffering of nonhuman animals, yet emphasizes that we need to think critically about how these images work, because ultimately "we need to be mindful that visual representations have real-life consequences for living, breathing animals." 

J. Keri Cronin, Author, Professor
Robyn Hederman, Co-Chair, Animal Law Committee

Sponsoring Committee:
Animal Law Committee, Robyn Hederman and Rebecca Seltzer, Co-Chairs

Co-Sponsoring Committee:
Art Law, Diana Wierbicki, Chair

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