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Piers Beirne to Present Talk About Pro-Animal Sentiments in William Hogarth’s Art

Professor of Criminology and Legal Studies Piers Beirne will present the third annual USM Provost’s Research Fellowship Talk, “Hogarth’s Animals,” in which Beirne will examine the representations of animals by English artist William Hogarth (1697-1764). The event will take place from 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. For more information, contact Lourdes Alvarez at 228-8040, or

As the recipient of the 2012-2013 Provost’s Research Fellowship, an award granted through a competitive process, 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, focusing on the artist’s 1751 print collection “The Four Stages of Cruelty.”

Piers Beirne has a Ph.D. in sociology from Durham University in England. He was the recipient of two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and in 2012, was elected a fellow of the Oxford Centre of Animal Ethics. He is the author of “Confronting Animal Abuse: Law, Criminology, and Human-Animal Relationships” (2009, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.).