Lecture: “Journey to the Afterlife: Humans and Dogs into Eternity?”

  • on 11 Apr 2013
  • Gailor Auditorium

Laura Hobgood-Oster, holder of the Elizabeth Root Paden Chair in Religion and Environmental Studies at Southwestern University, will speak on "Journey to the Afterlife: Humans and Dogs into Eternity?"

Professor Hobgood-Oster has received wide acclaim for her recent books, Holy Dogs and Asses: Animals in the History of the Christian Tradition and The Friends We Keep: Unleashing Christianity’s Compassion for Animals. She is known as a thought-provoking and dynamic speaker and has given talks at many institutions, including Yale University, Drew University, Middlebury College, Pepperdine University, the University of Florida, the National Cathedral, and the Vatican Museums. She is also the dog rescue coordinator at the Georgetown, Tex., city animal shelter. 

For more than 10 years Hobgood-Oster has been doing research on the role of animals in the Christian tradition. She helped found and then co-chaired the Animals and Religion Consultation of the American Academy of Religion (2002-2008). She teaches courses on animals and religion, religion and nature, and heretics in Christianity.

This talk is sponsored by the University Lectures Committee, the Department of Religion, the Environmental Studies Program, the Center for Religion and the Environment, the Office of the University Chaplain, and The School of Theology.