Canisius ISHAR

Institute for the Study of Human-Animal Relations


Project Nim:  A Personal Perspective


Stephanie LaFarge
ASPCA Counseling Services

January 20, 2012

In a two part seminar, Dr. LaFarge first provided a viewing of the award-winning film “Project Nim” – a documentary that reviews the history of a former research project in which a Columbia University team (including then-graduate student LaFarge) attempted to teach sign language to the a chimpanzee.  Dr. LaFarge then critically reviewed her own contributions to the project, and provided the perspectives she has gained on this work, now looking back across the decades.  In a remarkably insightful conversation, Dr. LaFarge and the audience drew lessons that extended beyond this one particular project to reflections on humankind’s relationships with all other animal species.