“The Purest Bond: Human-Canine Connection” Book Signing, Talk, and Reception

Event Start Date: Thursday, November 30, 2023 - 6:00 pm

Event End Date: Thursday, November 30, 2023 - 8:00 pm

Location: Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center

Photo of Jen Golbeck next to the book cover of "The Purest Bond"

UMD students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends—join us for the a book signing, discussion, and reception with Dr. Jen Golbeck! Registration Required.

Dogs have been considered people’s best friend for thousands of years, and with all of the seismic shifts in today’s world, people have been turning to their dogs for solace and stability. Never has the relationship between humans and their canine companions been as vitally important as it is today.

Dr. Golbeck will discuss the groundbreaking research and touching real-life stories diving into the social benefits of owning a dog and the science of how dogs improve our emotional and physical health, mental acuity, and our ability to focus and absorb information.

Following the lecture, join us for a reception to network with fellow Terps, and meet one of Jen’s personal canine companions.

Dr. Golbeck is the “internet’s dog mom” and creator of the social media sensation The Golden Ratio. A professor at the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies, she is a popular science communicator on issues related to her research on social media and dogs. Her TED Talks have been viewed by millions and she has appeared on NPR, The 11th Hour, and more. Her writing has appeared in Slate, The Atlantic, Psychology Today, and Wired. She and her husband rescue golden retrievers who are senior or who have special medical needs and give them a safe and comfortable life.

Please contact at least one week prior to the event to request disability accommodations. In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the event) will be made to provide accommodations.

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Speaker(s): Dr. Jen Golbeck


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