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ASI Events

Following are upcoming and past events which are either sponsored by the Animals and Society Institute or involve ASI staff or board members:

2016

November 15: Lisa Lunghofer will be giving a presentation called “Shelter Dogs and Veterans: A Comparison of Two Different Program Models” at the National Council on Pet Population & Society of Animal Welfare Administrators 2016 Research Symposium. For more information on the conference  please follow this link.

October 12: Margo DeMello will be giving a talk on rabbit communication at the Texts, Animals, Environments conference in Hanover, Germany.

May 15-17: Lisa Lunghofer will be giving two presentations at the Animal Assisted Interventions conference in Prague.

April 13: Maya Gupta will be one of the keynote speakers at the Child Abuse Prevention Symposium, to be held in Macon, Georgia.

March 11: Margo DeMello will be giving a presentation on animals on social media at the Animal Biographies on Social Media conference in Kassel, Germany.

March 9: Lisa Lunghofer will be giving three webinars in conjunction with Humane Society Academy on Animal Abuse and Children.

2015

November 4-5, 2015: Dr. Maya Gupta, ASI’s Executive Director, will be giving a class on rapidthe link between human and animal violence at the University of Knoxville, Tennessee, in the Veterinary Social Work program.  To find out more about the class, to register, or to find out about the Veterinary Social Work program, please visit this link.

October 22, 2015: Lisa Lunghofer will be teaching a workshop on AniCare at Animal Friends in Pittsburgh.

September 24, 2015: The HAV (Human Animal Vulnerability) Coalition of Waterloo Region is excited to bring to Waterloo Region, Dr. Maya Gupta, ASI’s Executive Director and a leading expert on the link between animal cruelty and human violence.

August 25, 2015: Lisa Lunghofer will be presenting “Children, Animal Abuse and Trauma-Focused Intervention: What You Need To Know” at the 20th International Summit & Training on Violence, Abuse & Trauma in San Diego. The Summit is a forum for people from a wide range of disciplines and philosophies to exchange information on all facets of violence, abuse and trauma prevention, intervention and research. The event is attended by researchers, practitioners, advocates, consumer-survivors, and front-line workers.

August 8, 2015: ASI’s Board President, Ken Shapiro, will be the proud recipient of the Charlotte and Karl Buhler Award from the Division of Humanistic Psychology,  a division of the American Psychological Association for their individual and organizational contributions to the field of humanistic psychology. Following receipt of the award in Toronto at the APA convention,  Ken is presenting a paper entitled, “Making room for other animals in humanistic psychology.”

August 5-6, 2015:  ASI participated in the Summit on Trauma and the Courts, organized by National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Cleveland

June 25, 2015: Program Director Lisa Lunghofer is giving a guest lecture for a mini-course on Social Work and the Human-Animal Bond at the University of Michigan. Lisa was able to join the students in the classroom long-distance to present information on animal abuse and children.

June 22, 2015: Lisa Lunghofer provided a training on animal abuse and children at the School Therapy Dog Workshop sponsored by Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence in Sylvania, OH.

June 9, 2015: ASI provided information for and participated in planning meeting at Department of Juvenile Justice for new Georgia Link Coalition to improve training on animal cruelty issues in the state

June 1-2, 2015: The ASI-WAS Human-Animal Studies Fellowship is opening on June 1 at Wesleyan University, with a talk by Harvard Law Professor Kristen Stilt. On June 2, Hofstra University Philosophy Professor Ralph Acampora will speak, followed by opening presentations, and commentary, by the seven ASI-WAS fellows: Justyna Włodarczyk, Erica Tom, Chloe Diamond-Lenow, Marianna Szczygielska, Corey Waters, Laura Perry, and  Jan Dutkiewicz.

May 7-8, 2015: ASI participated in the Animal Cruelty Advisory Council meeting of the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys

April 17-18, 2015: ASI Provided training on assessment and treatment of child/adult animal abuse, Tulsa

April 10, 2015: The 2015 ASI Speaker Series, held in conjunction with Madonna University, opens with a talk by  sociologist Michal Pregowski, who will be giving a talk titled “The greatest and most beloved: what pet cemeteries tell us about us and our relationships with animals.”

March 31, 2015: Lisa Lunghofer presented on animal abuse and children at the Animal Conference of Ideas, Impact, and Inspiration in Oklahoma City.

February 27-28, 2015: Join us for this two day training led by ASI’s Executive Director and certified AniCare trainer Maya Gupta in Oklahoma City on February 27-28, 2015.

February 26, 2015: ASI provided expert witness services re: research on animal cruelty for felony court case in Clarke County

February 24, 2015: Margo DeMello spoke to Student Animals and Society Institute group at University of Michigan on the growth of human-animal studies

January 25, 2015: ASI’s Executive Director, Maya Gupta, presented keynote speech on the human-animal bond at Pet Celebration, Decatur, GA

2014

January 10, 2014: Certified AniCare trainers Nancy Bell and Tamara Ward presented AniCare Child training at the Center for Family Safety and Healing in Columbus.

January 21, 2014: Certified AniCare trainers Nancy Bell and Tamara Ward will present AniCare Child training at the Center for Family Safety and Healing in Columbus, Ohio.

January 22-23, 2014: ASI participated in the annual meeting of the National Coalition on Violence Against Animals

April 5, 2014: ASI Executive Director Maya Gupta presented at Mercer University Student Affiliate Organization conference on counselors’ role in assessing/treating animal abuse.

April 23-25, 2014: ASI was represented at events offered in conjunction with Cook County Department of Health’s Children’s Exposure to Violence Prevention Week.

April 30, 2014: The ASI Speakers Series welcomes Diana Reiss from the Department of Psychology at Hunter College,  advisor for the documentary film “The Cove,” and author of The Dolphin in the Mirror. Dr. Reiss will be speaking on dolphins, their behavior, and how we treat them.

April 10 & 24, 2014: Lesley Ashworth, CLA and Barbara Boat, PhD  presented “The Human-Animal Bond and its Impact on Interpersonal Violence” to the Franklin County Municipal Court, the Columbus Attorney’s Office, and other groups

May 12-13, 2014: Maya Gupta, Lesley Ashworth, and Barbara Boat presented on juveniles and animal abuse at the Two Days in May Conference.

May 14/2014: The ASI Speakers Series welcomes Jyothi Robertson, from the UC Davis Shelter Medicine Residency program, and owner of JVR Shelter Strategies, which consults with animal shelters on all aspects of shelter medicine. Dr. Robertson will be speaking on “The Tipping Point: Recognizing and Responding to Animal Hoarding.”

May 29-30, 2014: The ASI-WAS Human-Animal Studies Fellowship is opening on May 29 at Wesleyan University, with presentations, and commentary, by the seven ASI-WAS fellows: Anat Pick, Fiona Probyn-Rapsey, Saskia Stucki, Elan Abrell,  Joshua Kercsmar,  Bénédicte Boisseron, and Christiane Bailey.

May 5-7, 2014: ASI Executive Director Maya Gupta helped host the 4th National Animal Cruelty Conference in Atlanta and organized a “Link to Interpersonal Violence” panel and a re-enactment of a courtroom sentencing scenario from an animal cruelty case involving domestic violence.

July 14, 2014 Cynthia Bathurst, Ph.D. participated in a day-long demonstration and discussion at the annual conference of the National Council of Family and Juvenile Court Judges (NCJFCJ), which was held in Chicago.

July 25, 2014: Lisa Lunghofer presented “Polyvictimization, Childhood Animal Abuse, and Trauma-Focused Intervention” at the International Family Violence and Child Victimization annual conference sponsored by the Family Research Laboratory and Crimes against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire

August 7-9, 2014: Washington, D.C. ASI Executive Director Maya Gupta organized sessions on psychologists’ roles in service/comfort animal relations. [100 attended]

September 19, 2014: ASI presented on animal abuse and children at the Animal Assisted Intervention International conference in Denver, Colorado

September 30/2014: The ASI Speakers Series welcomes Keri Cronin, Chair & Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at Brock University. She will be speaking on “The Role of Art in Animal Advocacy.”

October 1, 2014: HAS Program Director Margo DeMello has been asked to speak at the Society for Comparative Psychology in Bogota, Colombia, on the state of Human-Animal Studies around the world. Human-Animal Studies is just in its infancy in Latin America, but it is definitely on the rise. In at least a dozen veterinary programs throughout the region, courses are now being offered in more than just animal health, but there are now courses in animal ethics, animal legal issues, and more.

October 6-7, 2014: ASI participated in a summit of the National Link Coalition, an interagency collaborative to improve community response to the connections between animal abuse and other forms of violence. The event, held in Phoenix, also took place in conjunction with the National District Attorneys Association conference on child abuse, where research on the overlap of animal abuse and child abuse was shared with over 200 attendees.

November 2014: ASI made a presentation to 75 attendees at Baltimore County law enforcement summit on animal abuse investigations

November 16, 2014: Margo DeMello spoke on teaching animal studies at Nonhumans, a conference at UC Davis attended by 150 people.

November 18, 2014: The ASI Speakers Series welcomes Maya Gupta, ,Executive Director of the Animals and Society Institute, who will be speaking on the link between animal abuse and domestic violence.

2013

January 10, 2013: ASI presented on animal abuse, interpersonal violence, and AniCare at the Children’s Law Institute Conference in Albuquerque; led by an AniCare trained therapist and an ASI consultant who is a retired juvenile court judge.

February 7, 2013: Adam M. Roberts will be speaking on “Poachers and Profiteers: The International Wildlife Trade” as part of ASI’s Speaker Series.

February 15, 2013: Robert Mitchell, Psychology Professor at Eastern Kentucky University, will be speaking as part of the Animal Behavior Speaker Series on “Adventures with dog-human play behavior.”

March 8, 2013: Dr. Louis Lefebvre of the University of Michigan-Dearborn Animal Behavior Department will be speaking as part of the Animal Behavior Speaker Series on “Feeding innovations in birds and their implications for ecology, evolution and neuroscience.”

March 20, 2013: Margo DeMello gave a keynote presentation at the Living with Animals conference on teaching human-animal studies using videos. There were approximately 200 attendees.

April 4, 2013: ASI consultants led a seminar in Kansas City, MO that included discussion on the link between animal abuse and human violence, and training in the AniCare and AniCare Child assessment and treatment programs.

April 4, 2013: ASI presented an AniCare Adult and Child workshop in Kansas City, MO presented by Heartland Positive Dog Training Alliance led by two AniCare-trained therapists.

April 5, 2013: ASI presented an AniCare Adult and Child workshop at the University of Denver.

April 5, 2013: Presentation by AniCare-trained therapist, on animal abuse and interpersonal violence, to New Mexico Sheriff’s Association meeting

April 9, 2013: ASI presented an AniCare Adult and Child workshop at the University of Tennessee Veterinary Social Work Summit; led by AniCare trained therapists.

April 30, 2013. At the invitation of Acting Assistant Attorney General Mary Lou Leary ASI’s AniCare Program Director participated in the Department of Justice’s Animal Cruelty—Public Safety Listening Session in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the event was to facilitate a conversation among experts from various fields, including research and practice, about priorities in responding to animal cruelty and the nexus between animal cruelty and public safety.

May 16, 2013: The ASI Speakers Series welcomes Webster University English Professor Karla Armbruster, who will be giving a talk entitled “The Echoing Call of the Wild: Dogs and Their Wolfish Ancestry in Literature.”

May 31-June 1, 2013: The ASI-WAS Human-Animal Studies Fellowship is opening on May 29 at Wesleyan University, with talks by two special guest speakers: John Gluck, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at University of New Mexico, and Carrie Rohman, Assistant Professor of English at Lafayette College. These will be followed by presentations, and commentary, by the seven ASI-WAS fellows: Joel MacClellan, Zipporah Weisberg, Beatrice Marovich, Kara Kendall-Morwick,  Jeanette Samyn, David Redmalm, and Ann Marie Thornburg.

May 20, 2013: ASI consultant presented “Animal Abuse and Juvenile Offenders: What You Need to Know” to Juvenile Probation Officers from the Cook County Juvenile Court and Probation Services.

May 21, 22, 2013: ASI gave a 4-hour trainings on the Link to Children, Family, Youth Department (CYFD) Department in Albuquerque. Presentations made by AniCare-trained therapist

June 4, 2013: ASI consultant presented “Animal Abuse and Juvenile Offenders: What You Need to Know” to Juvenile Probation Officers from the Cook County Juvenile Court and Probation Services.

June 15, 2013: ASI’s AniCare Program Director met with a Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney, the CEO of the Pennsylvania SPCA, and the Director of the National Center for Prosecution of Animal Abuse, a program of the National District Attorneys Association, to discuss designation of a dedicated prosecutor for animal abuse cases.

June 21, 2013: ASI consultant presented, “Animal and people abuse. Recognize the signs . . . know what to do” to a group of social workers at St Joe Medical Center in Kansas City, MO. The seminar focused on discussion of the dynamics of animal abuse and how it may be relevant to the audience’s clients and their families.

August 1, 2013: Pete Porter, Associate Professor of Theatre & Film at Eastern Washington University, will be giving a talk entitled “Save you, save me,” as part of ASI’s Speaker Series.

September 11, 2013: Cynthia Bathurst, Ph.D., executive director of Safe Humane Chicago, will present “Animal Abuse and Juvenile Offenders: What You Need To Know” to judges in the Child Protection Division of the Juvenile Justice and Child Protection Department in Cook County, Illinois. This training was supported by a grant from The Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, a KeyBank Trust.

September 13, 2013: Maya Gupta, Ph.D., then-executive director of Ahimsa House, and Charyl Durbin, Ph.D., Child and Adolescent Specialist in the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, provided an AniCare Child training for mental health professionals employed by Cook County Juvenile Probation and Court Services.

September 16, 2013: Certified AniCare trainer Tamara Ward presented on AniCare and AniCare Child at the New Mexico Conference on the “Link Between Animal Cruelty and Human Violence.”

October 9, 2013: Cynthia Bathurst, Ph.D. gave a presentation to Cook County Child Protection Judges on the dynamics of animal abuse by juveniles and how it is relevant to their work, including the importance of early intervention.

October 11-13, 2013, AniCare and AniCare Child workshops hosted by the Veterinary Social Work Program at the University of Tennessee; co-led by AniCare trained therapists Maya Gupta and Elizabeth Strand.  This training is part of an agreement between ASI and the UTVSW to certify MSW students in the AniCare model. [12 students attended]

October 15, 2013: Certified AniCare trainer Nancy Bell and Dade City Police Officer Debbie Mims presented “Linking Acts of Cruelty to Animals and Violence toward Humans” at the 44th Annual Southern States Crime Prevention Training Conference, held by the Florida Crime Prevention Association.

October 15, 2013: Certified AniCare trainer Nancy Bell and Dade City Police Officer Debbie Mims will present Linking Acts of Cruelty to Animals and Violence toward Humans at the 44th Annual  Southern States Crime Prevention Training Conference held by the Florida Crime Prevention Association in Sarasota, Florida.

October 22, 2013: Cynthia Bathurst, Ph.D. gave a presentation to Chicago Dept. of Public Health, Office of Violence Prevention, Chicago Safe Start quarterly meeting on Animal Abuse and Youth: What You Need to Know, and the relationship between animal abuse and other types of violence.

November 21, 2013: Timothy Pachirat, Political Science Professor at NYU, will be speaking on “Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight” as part of ASI’s Speaker Series.