Annual Martin Meyerson Faculty Research Lectures

Lecture | April 11 | 4-5 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Thomas W. Laqueur

 Academic Senate

Thomas W. Laqueur
Helen Fawcett Distinguished Professor of History

How Dogs Make Us Human

Thomas Laqueur began teaching at Berkeley in 1973 after studying at Swarthmore, Princeton, and Oxford. A specialist in the cultural history of modern Europe, Laqueur is a founding editor of the journal Representations and a former director of the Doreen B. Townsend Center of the Humanities. His work — translated into fifteen languages — has focused on the history of popular religion and literacy; on the history the body, alive and dead; and on the history of death and memory. His most recent book, The Work of the Dead: A Cultural History of Moral Remains, was published by Princeton in 2015. He also writes regularly for the London Review of Books, the Threepenny Review, The Guardian, and other journals. In 2007, Laqueur won a $1.5 million Mellon Distinguished Humanist Award that he used to produce an opera based upon the Portuguese author José Saramago’s novel, Death With Interruptions, and to provide seed money for programs in religious studies, human rights, science studies, and other initiatives at Berkeley. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.