MHS and Animals & Society Institute Present ‘An Evening With Dr. Karla Armbruster’
Author to discuss literature’s treatment of dogs evolving from wolves

GROSSE POINTE SHORES – The Michigan Humane Society (MHS) and the Animals & Society Institute will welcome author and professor Karla Armbruster, PhD to the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores on Thursday, May 16 for her presentation “The Echoing Call of the Wild: Dogs and Their Wolfish Ancestry in Literature.”

Karla ArmbrusterDr. Armbruster, who is a Professor of English and Chair of the Sustainability Studies Committee at Webster University, will discuss the idea of dogs evolving from wolves and what various writers have made of it.

“The Michigan Humane Society is proud to co-host this event with the Animals and Society Institute,” said Cal Morgan, MHS President and CEO. “We’re happy to welcome this distinguished professor and writer who will enlighten us on the ancestry of our dogs.”

In her discussion, Dr. Armbruster will present recent anthropological and genetic research on when, where and how the dog evolved, along with an analysis of how various writers like Jack London, “Old Yeller” author Fred Gipson, and Donald McCaig have used the idea of dogs’ wild ancestors to support various and sometimes competing visions of the relationship between wild nature and human culture.

The event will be held in The Visitor Center Gallery at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, located at 1100 Lake Shore Road. Light refreshments will be served.

Tickets are $20 each and are available online at or by contacting Jo-Ann Swaney at (248) 283-5671 or


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