A lecture by Harriet Ritvo, Arthur J. Conner Professor of History, MIT.
Abstract: While maintaining pedigrees to guarantee purity, nineteenth-century animal breeders also occasionally attempted to achieve improvement through hybridization. The keepers of zoos and menageries similarly encouraged their charges to produce hybrid offspring. In both cases the resulting crosses complicated the understanding of formal categories including species and breed, as well as of vernacular categories such as wild and domesticated.
Professor Ritvo’s lecture will be sponsored by the Landscape Studies Interdisciplinary Faculty Seminar CUSE grant.
This event was published on February 20, 2020.