Written by Jeff Mackey
at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, have already started earning minors
in animal studies, thanks
to a generous donation to launch the program from Drury alumnus and PETA pal Bob Barker.
In the last few years, Bob has donated $2 million to his
alma mater to establish the Drury
University Forum on Animal Rights and the Dorothy Jo Barker Endowed
Professorship of Animal Rights. The latter
post is currently held by well-respected professor Dr. Patricia McEachern.
The pioneering new minor has animal
ethics as its foundational course and will involve instructors from a wide
range of fields, including biology, criminology, philosophy, psychology,
religion, and sociology.
"The Animal Studies minor is for students
interested in gaining an in-depth understanding of the diverse ways in which
the lives of animals and humans intersect," Dr. McEachern told news sources. "The interdisciplinary nature
of the minor allows students to consider historical and contemporary
interactions between humans and animals from a range of perspectives."
schools will be inspired to follow Drury's outstanding example. As Bob
explained, "This minor in Animal Studies has captured the interest of
colleges and universities nationwide."
Having seen firsthand the outpouring of affection that he received
when he was grand marshal of Springfield's sesquicentennial parade (I was a bit
farther back, marching with the Kickapoo High School band—Go Chiefs!), I can
attest that Springfield loves Bob
But then, who doesn't? Bob Barker's generosity of spirit is
as legendary as his golden tenure as master of The Price is Right. I suspect that a lot of young folks aspire to
be Bob Barker—and thanks to Bob and Drury U., they can now get a little closer
to that goal!
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