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Weeknights at the Wagner - Observing Dogs by Dr. Alexandra Horowitz

Wagner Free Institute of Science

Thursday, March 14, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)

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Observing Dogs

An illustrated presentation by  Dr. Alexandra Horowitz
 begins at 5:30pm

© Libby Hall Collection, Bishopsgate Library, Bishopsgate Institute.

Have you ever wanted to know what your dog was thinking? Why do dogs do what they do and how do they perceive the world? Given that dogs live in an estimated 75 million U.S. households, it is not surprising that we understand dogs by anthropomorphizing their behavior, but a wave of recent studies have given us new, and sometimes surprising, insights into the cognitive abilities and behaviors of man’s best friend. Dr. Alexandra Horowitz will discuss the latest discoveries in this field and her lab’s approach to studying the dog using observational and simple experimental practices that provide a new understanding of the dog’s point of view. Join us to peek inside your dog’s mind.

Dr. Alexandra Horowitz teaches animal behavior, psychology, and canine cognition at Barnard College at Columbia University. The Horowitz Dog Cognition Lab, in New York City, is currently studying dog and human play. She is author of the best-selling “Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know,” and her new book, “On Looking,” was published in January 2013.

Weeknights at the Wagner - The Wagner Free Institute of Science presents five evening lectures each year as part of the Weeknights at the Wagner lecture series. Distinguished scientists and scholars explore current topics in science, history, and art as well as topics that connect to the Institute's history and its museum collection. All lectures begin at 5:30 PM and the Institute is open until 7:00 PM.

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Wagner Free Institute of Science
1700 West Montgomery Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19121

Thursday, March 14, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)


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Wagner Free Institute of Science

Founded in 1855, the Wagner Free Institute of Science is dedicated to providing free public education in science.  Its programs include free courses and lectures, field trips and lessons for children and museum tours for all ages. The evening science courses are in their 159th year, making them the oldest program devoted to free adult education in the United States. 

The Institute’s Museum houses more than 100,000 natural history specimens, a collection begun by founder William Wagner in the early nineteenth century and expanded by the pre-eminent scientist Joseph Leidy in the 1880s. Completed in 1865, the Institute’s National Historic Landmark building is essentially unchanged since the late-nineteenth century and includes a Victorian Exhibition Hall filled with fossils, shells, minerals and mounted animal skeletons and skins displayed in original wood and glass cabinets. The Museum is open to visitors Tuesdays - Fridays, 9 AM to 4 PM, year-round. Evening and weekend programs are offered during the fall, winter and spring.
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