Embracing the humanity of animals


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Professor of English Charles Bergman urges people to embrace the humanity of animals

The globe is Charles Bergman’s classroom and research lab, and he’s collected many colorful stories as souvenirs along the way. Bergman, professor of English at Pacific Lutheran University, has gone undercover to bust illegal wildlife smugglers. He’s released parrots into the wild. And, as many students who traveled with him know, he’s talked to penguins.

In this video, adapted for a past conference on resources and strategies in Lutheran higher education, Bergman discusses his firsthand experiences learning about the beloved birds in the arctic and other animals around the world. He describes the humanity of animals and urges viewers to embrace that humanity in order to protect the planet.

(Video by Rustin Dwyer, PLU)

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(Photos by Charles Bergman, PLU)

Kari Plog '11

Kari Plog, digital content manager at public radio station KNKX, spent five years as a reporter and copy editor at The News Tribune in Tacoma. In 2015, the Society of Professional Journalists named her Western Washington New Journalist of the Year. She returned to PLU as part of its communications team in 2016. She joined KNKX in 2018.

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