Books Sandwiched In welcomes Dr. Todd Freeberg

Join Dr. Todd Freeberg for a discussion of Beyond Words: How Animals Think and Feel by Carl Safina, Wednesday, June 28, from noon to 1:00 in the East Tennessee History Center auditorium.

"How intelligent are non-human animals? Do they have self-awareness? Do they have deep relationships with one another in ways that echo our own relationships? These kinds of questions have been asked by humans for centuries," Freeberg says. "A number of recent books attempt to answer these questions, including The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman, Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal, and Other Minds by Peter Godfrey-Smith. One of the best of this recent flurry of books is Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel by Carl Safina. As described by The New York Times, 'Dr. Safina is a terrific writer, majestic and puckish in equal measure, with a contagious enthusiasm.… Dr. Safina draws out haunting resonances between animal lives and our own.'"

 Freeberg is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Tennessee, with an adjunct appointment in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He graduated from the University of Illinois in the Department of Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution, and received his doctorate from Indiana University in the Department of Biology. Freeberg is interested in vocal communication, with studies focused on the development, function, and evolution of vocal signals and signaling in songbird species. He takes comparative approaches to research ecological and social influences on systems of vocal signals.