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Skidmore College
First-Year Experience

Scribner Seminar Program
Course Description

Animals in History

Instructor(s): Tillman Nechtman, History

Description: What is an animal? Do animals have a history? Students in this class will address these and other provocative questions about animals, humans and the history the two groups share. Students will probe into the philosophical, theological, and historical distinctions that have been made between humans and animals; study the impact that European imperialism had on the animal world; and explore animals as historical actors and agentive subjects. The abiding purpose of the course will be to have students finish their semester thinking about agency, subjectivity, mastery and identity in new and creative ways.

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