College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

USM Professor to Speak on “Hogarth’s Animals”

April 22, 2013

Contact: Lourdes Alvarez, (207) 228-8040

PORTLAND, Maine -- Piers Beirne, University of Southern Maine (USM) professor of Criminology and Legal Studies, will present the third annual USM Provost’s Research Fellowship Talk later this week.

Beirne will present “Hogarth’s Animals,” an examination of the representations of animals by English artist William Hogarth (1697-1764).

The event will take place 4:30-6 p.m., Wednesday, April 24, in the University Events Room on the seventh floor of the Glickman Family Library, Portland. Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

The Provost Research Fellowship, an award granted through a competitive process, allowsa tenured faculty member to pursue research and scholarship in their area of interest. The talk is the culmination of the professor's work during the award's academic year.

As the recipient of the 2012-2013 Provost’s Research Fellowship, Beirne was able to continue his research into the representation of animals in graphic arts. He examined the pervasiveness of animals in Hogarth’s art and the artist’s interpretation of animal cruelty, focusing on the artist’s 1751 print collection “The Four Stages of Cruelty.”

Beirne has a doctorate in sociology from Durham University in England. He is the recipient of two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and in 2012, he was elected a fellow of the Oxford Centre of Animal Ethics. He is the author of several books, including “Confronting Animal Abuse: Law, Criminology, and Human-Animal Relationships” (2009, Rowman & Littlefield) and “Criminology” (2014, forthcoming, Oxford University Press, with James W. Messerschmidt).

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