ASI president Ken Shapiro and human-animal studies program director Gala Argent have just completed the 2020-2021 ASI-University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Summer Human-Animal Studies Institute for doctoral and early career scholars. This year’s Institute—which was put off last year due to the pandemic—was conducted virtually, with no loss of enthusiasm. We at ASI want to thank our UIUC resident director Jane Desmond and co-director, Kim Marra, and congratulate this year's fellows! The week spent discussing the fellows’ work and getting to know one another was inspiring, and the connections built will carry forward to further the HAS field. 

"Book Most Likely to Save the Planet"
We at ASI would like to send out a hats-off to ASI member Carrie Freeman and photojournalist Jo-Anne McArther. Carrie’s book promoting critical animal & media studies and environmental communication, The Human Animal Earthling Identity: Shared Values Unifying Human Rights, Animal Rights, and Environmental Movements (UGA Press, 2020), was just awarded "book most likely to save the planet" by the Independent Book Publisher Awards (IPPY Awards—it tied for this gold medal). The Human Animal Earthling Identity book was also awarded the top Environmental book in another independent book competition, the National Indie Excellence Awards for this year. (Also see below under “Podcasts…” for Carrie’s talk on the book.) Many of the photos in Carrie's book were from Jo-Anne McArthur of We Animals Media—a stock photography platform of excellent, if disturbing, photo-and video-journalism with the mission of mission to documenting the stories of animals in the human environment—those used for food, fashion, entertainment, and experimentation—and connecting those stories to the individuals and organizations who can amplify their reach. Work on the website is made available for free to anyone working to inspire compassion, conversation and change, and ASI has taken advantage of work from We Animals Media toward that goal. Jo-Anne is also the co-author of the other book that tied for the gold medal: Hidden: Animals in the Anthropocene, a photojournalism expose' of behind the scenes images of animals routinely exploited and killed for profit by human business and industry, and provided images to the book she co-created with Martin Rowe, The Animals Are Leaving Us, out this month.