History of canines in the development of plantation slavery and after topic of May 15 talk at CSUSB
Office of Strategic Communication
The history in the United States of using canines as a means of controlling black people will be the topic of a presentation by a visiting professor at Cal State San Bernardino on Wednesday, May 15.
Tyler Parry, an associate professor of history at Cal State Fullerton, will present “From Bloodhounds to German Shepherds: The Racist History of Interspecies Policing in American History,” beginning at 2 p.m. at the Santos Manuel Student Union Theater. RSVP online at 8th Annual Meeting of the Minds Symposium - Guest Speaker Reception.
The talk is sponsored by the CSUSB Office of Student Research (OSR), in collaboration with the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program, and is part of OSR’s Research Week 2019.
Parry’s research argues that canines were integral in the colonization of the Americas and the development of plantation slavery in the Western Hemisphere. He is specifically interested in examining the legacies of “interspecies violence” from slavery to freedom and their modern use in controlling and intimidating marginalized populations.
In an interview with the OC Weekly in March, he said, “We use the term ‘interspecies violence,’ which is the idea that animals have been used as a tool to subjugate black people.”
Trained as a historian, Parry received his bachelor of arts in history from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2008, and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 2014. He is a co-editor for H-Afro-Am, an online venue that digitally links scholars who study the African American experience, and serves on the editorial review board for the Journal of Colorism Studies.
For more information or special accommodations, contact the CSUSB Office of Student Research at (909) 537-3728 or visit csusb.edu/student research.