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Dr. Aysha Akhtar: Our Symphony with Animals


Saturday September 7, 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm | Studio Theatre | Speakers

Dr. Aysha Akhtar’s talk will be based on her new book, Our Symphony With Animals, whose book sales all go to supporting animal charities. This presentation looks at our relationships with animals as a whole and asks: what do we gain when we recognize our kinship with animals? Stories include: a former mobster who found a new path in life through one animal, an industrial chicken farmer’s divided empathy for animals, a Marine veteran whose PTSD improved with a dog, a cattle rancher who became the first to create an animal sanctuary, the NYPD’s new effort to combat animal cruelty, and a serial killer’s path to animal cruelty. Through storytelling and science, Dr. Aysha Akhtar reveals what happens when we both break and forge bonds with animals.

About Dr. Aysha Akhtar: Aysha Akhtar M.D., M.P.H., is a neurologist and public health specialist and is on a mission to show that what’s good for animals is also good for humans! Combining medicine, social sciences, and stories, she explores how deeply the well-being of humans and animals are entwined.