Giants of the Monsoon Forest: Living and Working with Elephants
(W. W. Norton & Company, 2019)
People have worked with elephants for eons to log the mountainous rainforests of Burma and India, where some of the world’s last stands of wild teak grow. This book takes readers on a historical journey, exploring the lives of these extraordinarily intelligent creatures, and the mahout, the term for the men who ride them. Their close relationships begin when the animals are young and last for many decades. The author presents new perspectives on animal intelligence, describing, for example, large-scale rescues by elephants during wars and after floods, and an elephant who sneaks away from the Ho Chi Minh Trail to mate with another in a passing herd.
1:30 PM | Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing at Beebe Healthcare
Jacob Shell is a professor of geography and urban studies at Temple University, where he examines the evolving geographies of mobility and transport through the lens of power and resistance.