Bob Barker Endowment Fund for the Study of Animal Rights

McEachern named a Fellow with the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics

Patricia McEachern

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 25, 2016 — Dr. Patricia McEachern, Dorothy Jo Barker Endowed Professor for the Study of Animal Rights, has been invited to be a permanent Fellow with the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics at Oxford University in England. Dr. McEachern will visit the Centre to teach this summer.

The Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics was launched in 2006, with the aim of pioneering ethical perspectives on animals through academic research, teaching and publication. It is a think tank for the advancement of progressive thought, with the aim of putting animals on the intellectual agenda. It seeks to be a world-class center of academic excellence and is the first center of its kind in the world.

At the heart of its work is an international and multidisciplinary network of academic Fellows who are pioneering new thinking in animal ethics. The Fellowship is a select academy composed of the most able and creative minds in the field and appointment is by nomination or invitation only.

“This is truly an enormous honor for me and for Drury,” McEachern says. “It’s gratifying for Drury’s animal studies program to be recognized by some of the top academics in the field.”

Drury’s Forum on Animal Rights is one of the few such programs in the country. The centerpiece is an interdisciplinary animal studies minor that includes courses such as animal ethics, animals and society, animal law, and social movements. It provides students with a specialized, in-depth understanding of animals’ lives and the intersection of their lives with humans. The Forum is entirely funded by the Bob Barker Endowment Fund for the Study of Animal Rights. McEachern serves as director of the Forum.

Barker, a 1947 Drury alumnus, television host and famed animal rights advocate, was himself honored by the Oxford Centre as its sixth Honorary Fellow in 2010.

McEachern has also been named a contributing editor to the Journal of Animal Ethics, which is published by the University of Illinois in partnership with the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Bob Barker to return to his alma mater on Thursday, May 9 at 11 a.m.

WHO: Bob Barker, former host of the Price Is Right and a 1947 Drury graduate

WHAT: A presentation ceremony. Mr. Barker is donating several of his awards, including his most meaningful and prized award, earned during his more than 50 years in television.

WHEN: Thursday, May 9 at 11 a.m.

WHERE: The Shewmaker Communication Center on the Drury University campus. Due to space restrictions, the event is a private ceremony for the Drury community.

BACKGROUND: Mr. Barker graduated from Drury in 1947 with a degree in economics. During his time at Drury, Mr. Barker got his start in broadcasting at Springfield radio station KTTS. Upon graduation, he continued his radio career with The Bob Barker Show; he moved to television and hosted Truth or Consequences from 1956–75. He debuted as the host of what was then called The New Price Is Right in September 1972 and remained the host until his retirement in 2007.

Bob Barker

Mr. Barker’s recent visits to Drury:

  • Drury awarded Mr. Barker with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in 2007, and Mr. Barker was the commencement speaker.
  • Long known for his love of animals and as a supporter of animal rights, Mr. Barker donated $1 million to Drury in 2008 to establish the Bob Barker Endowment Fund for the Study of Animal Rights.

  • In the fall of 2008, Drury re-named a street on campus “Bob Barker Boulevard” and Mr. Barker spoke at the dedication.

  • In 2009, Barker donated $1 million to Drury to establish the Dorothy Jo Barker Endowed Professorship of Animal Rights named in honor of Barker’s late wife. Dr. Patricia McEachern holds that endowed professorship at Drury.

Mr. Barker’s generosity has led to the formation of an Animal Studies minor at Drury. Drury has taken the lead nationally in establishing a minor in the rapidly emerging academic field of Animal Studies. The foundational course for the minor is Animal Ethics. Eight different faculty members teach the course making it the only one of its kind.

MEDIA NOTES: Media outlets are invited to cover the event and to photograph and videotape the ceremony. Mr. Barker will have a media availability in the Shewmaker Communication Center’s studio for approximately 15 minutes following the ceremony.

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