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Paul Waldau

Paul Waldau is director of the Center for Animals and Public Policy at the Tufts University Cummings School of  Veterinary Medicine. He holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Oxford University and a J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.Dr. Waldau specializes in the comparative study of religion and animals as well as legal systems and their evolving view of animals. Dr. Waldau co-chairs the Animals and Religion Consultation of the American Academy of Religion (along with Dr. Hobgood-Oster).

Inés Talamantez

Inés Talamantez is a professor of religious studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara with an emphasis in Native American religious traditions. She holds Ph.D.s in anthropology, linguistics and comparative literature. Dr. Talamantez has been instrumental in training graduate students in Native American studies, with special attention to the preservation of languages. Her focus also includes nature and animals in Native American traditions; she has published significant pieces in this area.

Alice Walker

Alice Walker is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple and more than 20 other novels, essays and poetry collections. Her awards and honors include the Lillian Smith Award from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship, The Rosenthal Award from the National Institute of Arts & Letters and a Merrill Fellowship. She is an activist in the women’s movement, the anti-apartheid movement, the anti-nuclear movement and in environmental/animal activist movements. Recent essays, in addition to her novels, address the relationship between humans and other species in profound ways. She currently resides in Northern California with her dog, Marley.

Marc Bekoff

Marc Bekoff is a professor of biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and
co-founder with Jane Goodall of Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals: Citizens for Responsible Animal Behavior Studies. He is a prolific writer with more than 200 articles as well two encyclopedias to his credit. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including the Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare, The Cognitive Animal (co-edited with C. Allen and G.M.Burghardt); The Ten Trusts: What We Must Do to Care for the Animals We Love (co-written with Jane Goodall) and The Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior. His most recent books include The Smile of a Dolphin, Minding Animals, and Animal Passions and Beastly Virtues: Reflections on Redecorating Nature. His new book The Emotional Lives of Animals will be published in March 2007.  In 2005, Dr. Bekoff was presented with The Bank One Faculty Community Service Award for the work he has done with children, senior citizens, and prisoners. His homepage is: