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Researching "Hogarth's Animals"

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As the recipient of the 3rd annual USM Provost’s Research Fellowship for the 2012-2013 academic year, USM Professor of Criminology Piers Beirne examined the pervasiveness of animals in Hogarth’s art, focusing on the 1751 print collection The Four Stages of Cruelty, in light of how the animals are portrayed and the artist’s interpretation of animal cruelty.

Beirne's ongoing work on animal abuse continues on a number of fronts. The Provost's Research Fellowship has allowed him to delve into the border regions of criminology and art history as he pursued the place of animals and animal abuse in the paintings, drawings, and printed engravings of 18th century English artist William Hogarth.

He will be presenting a talk on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 4:30 PM in the Glickman Events Room on the Portland Campus.  Event is free and open to the public.

Piers Beirne earned his Ph.D is from Durham University in England. He has taught at several universities in England, in Ireland and in the US at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Connecticut-Storrs, where he was a tenured professor before coming to USM. His research has been supported by two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and from other grant-awarding bodies and universities. He is the author and editor of numerous books on public sector housing law, Soviet legal theory, cross-cultural criminology, criminological theory, and animal abuse.

Event flyer can be downloaded here.

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