Dr. Barbara King’s studies include observations of monkeys in Kenya and great apes in captive settings in Africa and the US. Her most recent book. How Animals Grieve, focuses more narrowly on the behaviors of elephants, cats, and birds. Her close examination of various animals has furthered the premise that animals have deeper emotional relationships than previously considered. She claims that through the writing of books like How Animals Grieve she has “brought together my love of animals and my love of anthropology in writing books about what it means to be human.” She frequently appears on interview programs across the world, in countries as wide-spread as Canada, Austria, Germany, the United States, and Australia. She is the recipient of numerous teaching awards from both the college of William & Mary and the state of Virginia. She received her BA in Anthropology from Douglass College and both her MA and PhD in Anthropology from the University of Oklahoma. She is currently the Chancellor Professor of Anthropology at the College of William and Mary.
In the annual Lynch Humanities Lecture, Dr. Barbara J. King will present her lecture, "How Animals Grieve," on Thursday, April 30, at 5:00 pm in the Lecture Hall of the Doudna Fine Arts Center.