“Animal Ethics and Contemporary Politics”, the first Tom Regan Lecture will be given by Carol J. Adams at NC State University at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 21 in Withers Hall, Room 232A. The lecture, which is open to the public, will be followed by a reception and book-signing in the lobby of Withers Hall. A display of materials from the NC State University Libraries Special Collections Research Center before the lecture will highlight selections from the Tom Regan Papers and other collections on animal rights and animal welfare.

The University’s Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies is co-sponsoring this lecture with the Culture and Animals Foundation, which initiated the series and will organize future Regan Lectures.

The series honors the work of Tom Regan, who served on the philosophy faculty at NC State for over 34 years, retiring in 2002. An award-winning teacher and a prolific author, Regan published more than 20 books and hundreds of articles. His influence extended far beyond the halls of academia, primarily through his work on animal rights.

Regan’s most famous book, The Case for Animal Rights, was published by the University of California Press in 1983. The book was translated into several languages and had an enormous impact, securing a place for the idea of animal rights on both the philosophical and the public agenda. In December 2009, the Utne Reader named Regan “one of the 50 visionaries who are changing your view of the world.” He died in Raleigh in February 2017 at the age of 78.