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Tuesday, June 08, 2021

The pandemic was a lethal litmus test for relationships of all kinds. A motley assortment of people found themselves locked down together. Some saw the deaths of family or friends. Others were deprived of seeing neighbors, co-workers and school friends. As we are emerging from the Covid cocoon, a significant number of relationships have ended and several million Americans have also acquired pets. What relationships did you acquire or lose; has your emotional life shifted irrevocably? This panel, including animal policy advocate Mark L Cushing, behavioral scientist Richard Slatcher and Boston Children's chorus leader Andrés Holderis discuss the importance of relationships and ways to maintain them. Image: pexels.com

Andrés Holderis the Executive Director of the Boston Children's Chorus. He has over ten years of experience in performing arts management through his work with Gala Hispanic Theatre, Arena Stage, and The Washington Ballet.
Richard Slatcher is the Gail M. Williamson Distinguished Professor in the Behavior and Brain Sciences area of the Department of Psychology at University of Georgia. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Richmond and his Ph.D. in Social and Personality Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. After graduating from UT, he completed a two-year NIMH post-doctoral fellowship in health psychology at UCLA. Prior to coming to UGA, he was on the faculty of the Department of Psychology at Wayne State University.
Mark L Cushing is a lawyer and author of Pet Nation, an inside look at how over the past 20 years, pets have become treasured members of the American family. A long-time political strategist, government regulatory advisor, corporate executive and former litigator, Mark focuses his advocacy practice on providing high-level strategic advice and services to clients with needs at any level of government, and key trade/industry associations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Mark is a frequent speaker at veterinary medicine and other animal policy-related conferences. He is a recently adjunct faculty member at Lincoln Memorial, Lewis & Clark and University of Oregon law schools. He is the past Chair of government relations practices at Tonkon Torp, a prominent Northwest law firm and Winstead Sechrest & Minick, a major Texas-based firm. Mark also serves as Trustees Counsel at Lincoln Memorial University. Mark is an Honors graduate with distinction from Stanford University and the Willamette University College of Law.