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Boredom as a threat to agency and why Eric Fromm was wrong, by Prof. James Danckert, University of Waterloo

James Danckert is a professor of cognitive neuroscience at the University of Waterloo where he studies boredom, mental model updating and the consequences of stroke for visual attention and decision making. Boredom is a ubiquitous human experience that we often dismiss as trivial. But it is far from it, with boredom proneness associated with higher rates of depression and anxiety, and increased drug and alcohol abuse, among many other ills. I will argue that, in part, boredom represents a threat to our sense of agency, the belief that we are the authors of our own lives.

Graduate Student Panel

Are you interested in Animal Behaviour and Welfare and considering graduate studies? 

Labels and Fables: How misleading claims on animal products harm farm animals, and what consumers can do to drive change

'Labels and Fables: How misleading Claims on animal products harm farm animals, and what consumers can do to drive change’ by Daisy Freund.  Daisy Freund is the senior manager of the ASPCA’s Farm Animal Welfare program. In her role, Daisy works to raise public awareness about farming practices and improve the lives of farm animals in the U.S. through consumer education, legislative advocacy, and support for higher welfare farming methods.

Graduate Student Panel

The CCSAW Student Chapter invites undergraduate students to join an evening panel to learn about Animal Behaviour and Welfare graduate programs. Ask your questions, and hear about what professors are looking for and what grad school is really like! To rsvp and receive the meeting link, email:  

OVC Animal Welfare Forum (multi-day format) begins Oct 20th!

For the last 20 years, the OVC Animal Welfare Club has put together an annual Forum with speakers addressing the various conceptions of animal welfare. This year the event will be virtual and delivered as short lunchtime seminars every Tuesday from Oct 20-Nov 10 from 12:30-1:30pm. The list of speakers and their topics are below. 

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