Animal Science & the American Civil War at Library of Virginia

Tuesday, 18 September, 2018


In joint collaboration, the Library of Virginia and the Science, Technology and Society department at VCU are coming together to present a lecture event this September. This panel discussion will examine the complex relationships between Victorian Americans, science, and animals in the midst of such turbulent events as slavery, Civil War, and ecosystem decline. 

Henry A. McGhie (Head of Collections and Curator of Zoology at Manchester Museum, University of Manchester) will address the rise of scientific ornithology and bird conservation in connection with Confederate blockades, and Abraham H. Gibson (NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Biology and Society, Arizona State University) will detail the evolutionary and social history of domesticated animals, such as pigs, cattle, and horses, that went feral. Kathryn Shively Meier (author of Nature's Civil War) will moderate. 

Join us in the Library of Virginia's lecture hall at 5:30 PM for a catered reception. The event will start at 6:00 PM, and a book signing will follow.

This event is free and open to the public.




Library of Virginia
800 E Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23219

Event Contact

Kathryn Shively Meier

Phone: (804) 828-8427
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