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Sharing Language, Understanding Humanity

July 17, 2020

Braden, Jeff (Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, NC State University)

Sign Language; Animal Studies; Chimpanzees; Communication

For Jeff Braden, the opportunity to join the first successful project to teach chimpanzees American Sign Language at the University of Nevada, Reno, in the 1970s shaped his philosophy on what it means to be human. By bringing together perspectives in the sciences and the humanities, Braden was able to investigate how we understand our identity and our connections to other beings and minds.


Science / Linguistics / Sign Language / Animal Studies / Chimpanzees / Communication /

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