Each student will read and and give a presentation on one of the books from Reaktion’s “Animal” series. This book series focuses on the cultural history of a specific animal in each volume. (e.g.: cow, elephant, fox, swan). Your presentation should be approximately 15 minutes and highlight some of the ways in which the specific animal under consideration has figured in human societies, art and culture. Students are encouraged to bring in appropriate and relevant examples of visual culture in their presentation. We will divide up these books and assign presentation dates during our first class meeting.