Institute for the Study of Human-Animal Relations (ISHAR)
Canisius College affirms its strong commitment to the advancement of ethical thought as it pertains to humankind’s relationship with nature and the other species with which we share the planet. The Canisius College Institute for the Study of Human-Animal Relationships (ISHAR) is at the forefront of Human-Animal Studies, engaging Canisius students and members of our community in dialogs on pressing issues.
ISHAR functions include:
- Outreach, advocacy, and education
- Educational travel
- Speakers and symposia
Outreach, advocacy, and education
Since its inception, ISHAR has produced educational materials for the public on topics related to wildlife and human-animal relations. We are excited to introduce our latest effort in that regard, a student produced podcast called Canisius Conservation Conversations. Recent episodes examine human-tiger relationships; stay tuned for exciting new episodes in the future!
ISHAR provides support to students at Canisius who have the opportunity to enroll in courses that explore the world beyond the classroom, immersing them in issues relating to human-animal relationships. While traveling, students have the opportunity to view wildlife in their natural habitat and learn from locals about the threats faced by these animals. Upon return to Canisius, students engage in outreach or advocacy related to their travel, for example by developing a podcast or fundraising to support conservation efforts.
Anthrozoology Speaker Series
The Canisius College Institute for the Study of Human-Animal Relations is proud to bring prestigious speakers to campus to make presentations on topics related to animal/wildlife advocacy. Past speakers include Jane Goodall and Stephen Zawistowski of the ASPCA.