Miller Learning Center room 101
From the wilds of Costa Rica to suburban America, a lovable quirky cast of parrots reveal their unforgettable tales and the bittersweet world they share with humans.
Exotic beauty, amazing intelligence, and remarkably advanced language skills have made parrots one of the world's most popular pets. But unlike dogs and cats, parrots have not been domesticated. With high decible squawks and complex behavior, they are hardwired for the rainforest, not for captivity. An intense need to bond, deep emotional lives, and the ability to reach ages of up to 80 or 90 years complicate the equation further. Sooner or later, many owners come to the conclusion that they have taken on a more difficult challenge than they can handle, and turn to already overcrowded shelters and sanctuaries for help.
A life in captivity doesn’t always have a happy ending. With shelters and sanctuaries struggling to meet the demand, too many birds have no place to go. Parrot owners, rescuers, breeders, and biologists involved in conservation programs share the stories of parrots in this film about the difficulties and consequences of keeping and caring for parrots as pets.
Discussion will be led by Dr. Betty Jean Craige, Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature and Director Emerita of the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts at UGA. Dr. Craige is a teacher, scholar, and translator. She has published seventeen books in the fields of literature, politics, art, and history of ideas. Her most recent book is Conversations with Cosmo: At Home with an African Grey Parrot. For two years (2012-2013) Dr. Craige wrote a Sunday column about animals, "Cosmo Talks," in the Athens Banner-Herald.
2013, 60 minutes. film website
Miller Learning Center room 148
MAXIMUM TOLERATED DOSE takes a look inside modern animal experimentation with the animals who lived through it and the people who walked away.
The film charts the lives of both humans and non-humans who have experienced animal testing first-hand. With the hauntingly honest testimony of scientists and lab technicians whose ethics demanded they choose a different path, and the simultaneously heartwarming and heartbreaking stories of animals who have seen both sides of the cage, Maximum Tolerated Dose aims to re-invigorate the debate about animal testing by bringing these rarely-heard perspectives to the fore.
Discussion will be led by Dr. Nathan Nobis, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Morehouse College in Atlanta. His research and teaching interests include bio-medical ethics, ethics and animals, and science and values. Dr. Nobis has taught courses such as Introduction to Philosophical Ethics, Bioethics, and Philosophy of Science. He has also published scholarly journal articles that examine the use of animals in research, and has presented at the Animals, Research and Alternatives conference in Washington, DC. See nathannobis.com for more information and writings.
2012, 85 minutes. film website
Miller Learning Center room 101
Filmmaker Mark Devries sets out to investigate the hidden secrets of factory farming, and ends up exploring an even bigger question -- why do humans consider themselves to be the most important species on the planet? And what are the ethical implications of such a belief system?
Along the way, he meets and interviews a broad range of people, including Peter Singer (whom the New Yorker has named "one of the most influential philosophers alive") and Richard Dawkins (one of the most influential evolutionary biologists of the past century). From philosophers to biologists to animal advocates to farmers to environmentalists, Devries leaves no stone unturned in his quest.
Featuring discussions about animal cognition, emotions, moral behavior, and legal status, the film examines the rational basis behind the animal protection movement. Delivering a thought-provoking and entertaining look at this controversial subject, with no shortage of surprises — and laughs — SPECIESISM is indeed an eye-opener. You'll never look at animals the same way again. Especially humans.
Discussion will be led by Dr. Janet Frick, Associate Head of the UGA Department of Psychology and Director of the UGA Infant Research Lab. Dr. Frick has a professional and personal interest in the psychological relationship between humans and other animals and teaches a freshman seminar on this topic. She also teaches introductory and developmental psychology classes where she leads her students in an examination of the ethical issues surrounding our use of animals and the nature of intelligence in humans and other species.
2013, 90 minutes. film website
Miller Learning Center room 101
Elephants are among the Earth’s most majestic and intelligent creatures. For centuries they’ve been adored, inspired great works of art, and even been revered as gods, yet they have also suffered under the hands of humans. We have poached them for their tusks, destroyed their natural habitats, and chained them up in captivity.
With Emmy award-winning narration by Lily Tomlin, AN APOLOGY TO ELEPHANTS explores the beauty and intelligence of elephants as well as threats to their survival. Focusing on the lives of elephants in captivity, the documentary examines the problems that arise when they are brought to live in zoos and circuses.
This eye-opening film traces our long history with elephants and features beautiful footage from nature juxtaposed with disturbing behind-the-scenes video of the training of these wild animals. A call for compassion and better treatment, the film is also a plea to save what's left of the wild in our world.
Discussion will be led by Dr Janet Martin, currently directing the developing Shelter Medicine Program at UGA's College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to her transition back to the domestic animal side of veterinary medicine, Dr Martin spent 10 years as a zoo veterinarian in Providence, Rhode Island. There three of her favorite patients were a trio of African elephants. Working with these amazing animals provided Dr Martin with an intimate look at the dilemmas posed by keeping this intelligent and complex species in captivity, the challenges of attempting to meet both their physical and mental needs, and the appropriateness of keeping elephants in captivity at all.
2013, 40 minutes. film website