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IN CONVERSATION – Ron Broglio on Desert Animals

December 7, 2023

Residents and visitors to the Sonoran Desert know it is filled with creatures and critters of all shapes and sizes. What we don’t think about is how those animals impact our lives, and how our lives impact theirs. Join us as Director of the Institute for Humanities Research at Arizona State University, Ron Broglio, discusses his work in animal studies and animal rights and grants us the opportunity to learn about ways we can rethink our relationship to nature through creatively engaging with animals and landscapes.

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6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Cabaret Theatre

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Adults $35
Students (13-25 with student ID) $24
Members $31.50

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Professor Ron Broglio is the director of ASU’s Desert Humanities and co-director of Institute for Humanities Research. His research focuses on how philosophy and aesthetics can help rethink the relationship between humans and the environment. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now

Meet Our Presenter

Professor Ron Broglio is the Director of Desert Humanities & Associate Director for Institute for Humanities Research at Arizona State University.

Ron Broglio writes books and essays on nonhuman phenomenology and animal studies. He has curated and produced a number of art exhibitions on contemporary environmental art. Broglio is Director of the Institute for Humanities Research which supports academic research into what it means to be human in the world and connects university and partner communities to create a more humane and thriving future.

He is author of Animal Revolution and Surface Encounters: thinking with animals and art among other books and edited collections including the recently published The Edinburgh Companion to Animal Studies. He co-edits the Desert Humanities book series for Texas Tech University Press.

Broglio was a collaborator and co-curator of Trout Fishing in America and Other Stories in which artists Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir and Mark Wilson examine the cultural life of endangered species in the Grand Canyon. He has performed as Field Marshal of the Animal Revolution and created a number of animal art interventions including Teat Tweet and Santio’s Gift. Currently, he is working on desert phenomenology experiments with the arts, designers, and science collaborators in an art book series Strata (first issues on saguaro, rocks, and lines & borders).