Are humans animals? Not long ago, the question produced a predictable standoff. Now it is the start of a fascinating conversation.
The 24th Chicago Humanities Festival takes this new exchange of ideas out of the academy and into the public. We explore what it means to think about culture biologically, about biology culturally, and about the human-animal relationship beyond the science/humanities divide. In presenting the most cutting-edge work on this subject, Animal gives us a whole new perspective on our world and ourselves. Most important, though, it gives us new answers to the oldest and most fundamental question in the humanities: What makes us human?
Chicago Humanities Festival 2013 | Animal: What makes us human