Animals: Religion and Ethics
Course at Harvard University
This is an online course first offered through Harvard Summer School in 2014. It is the successor to the Summer School course "Religion and Animals" first offered in 2009. For details such as registration information and dates, go to www.summer.harvard.edu/
The course syllabus is available at the website for the 2014 Summer Term will be posted here shortly. If you need more information immediately, go to http://www.summer.harvard.edu/, click on “Search” and then enter either “animals” or “religion” and you’ll easily find the course. In addition, you can view a short video that describes previous versions of the course at.
A Communion of Subjects:
Animals in Religion, Science, & Ethics
Published in 2006 by Columbia University Press and now available in paperback, this volume is the leading book in the new academic field of religion and animals. The book represents years of work following a groundbreaking conference at Harvard University in May of 1999. The editors are (1) Paul Waldau, long-time co-Chair of the American Academy of Religion's "Animals and Religion Consultation" and Director of the Center for Animals and Public Policy at Tufts University's Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine; and (2) Kimberley Patton, a tenured faculty member at Harvard Divinity School. Both have published many papers on this topic, and each contributed specially written essays to this volume.
The volume can be ordered at http://cup.columbia.edu/book/978-0-231-13642-6/a-communion-of-subjects.
The Specter of Speciesism:
Buddhist and Christian Views of Animals
Published in 2001 by Oxford University Press, this volume addresses (1) early Buddhist and Christian views of nonhuman animals, and (2) basic conceptual issues that arise at the multi-faced and multi-tiered intersections of human and nonhuman worlds.
New and used copies can be ordered at Amazon.com or the Barnes and Noble website.
For an excerpt, go to paulwaldau.com, and visit the page "Publications for downloading."