“Animal Matters: Everything (We Wish We Knew) About Dogs and People” – Wallis Annenberg PetSpace, Playa Vista

Thursday, September 21, 2017 the Wallis Annenberg PetSpace in Playa Vista, launches its first in a series of academic panel discussions and workshops by global scholars in the field of Human-Animal Studies. Dr. Eric Strauss of the LMU Center for Urban Resilience (CURes), who specializes in the human-animal interface in urban settings, will be part of the panel, along with Dr. Greger Larson of Oxford University, who studies the origins of animal domestication, and Dr. Naomi Sykes of the University of Nottingham, who studies the changing relationships between humans and animals through time.

The three panelists will share and engage with the audience, in a fascinating discussion about everything we think we know about our companion animals, and topics such as the concurrent evolution of dogs and humans through history.  Each panelist is a Fellow at the Wallis Annenberg PetSpace, which has a core mission to strengthen and celebrate the human-animal bond with the broader public.

Cost is $20 if purchased in advance, or $25 at the door.  Seating is limited, so guests are encouraged to reserve a seat in advance.  See below for event details and ticket purchasing.

Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served at the event.

Event Details:


Thursday, September 21, 2017

7:00 PM – 9:30 PM PDT

Doors open at 6:00pm so guests may tour the space, meet adoptable pets, and learn about the science behind the human-animal bond before the event begins.


Wallis Annenberg PetSpace

12005 Bluff Creek Dr

Playa Vista, CA 90094


Visit https://annenbergpetspace.org to purchase tickets.  Or, click on the direct url link below:



Refunds up to 1 day before event.

Check back to our CURes Blog for Announcements about future workshops and events at the Wallis Annenberg PetSpace, where the mission is to celebrate companion animals and strengthen the human-animal bond.