Texas Tech University

Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Mario Solís to Speak at Texas Tech Museum

Glenys Young

October 3, 2023

His talk, “Isla del Coco and the Challenge of Animal Agency: Preserving Earth’s Natural Heritage,” is in conjunction with the current exhibition “Journey through CoCos Island.”

WHAT:  Mario Solís, a professor and director of the graduate program in philosophy at the University of Costa Rica (UCR), will present a special lecture, “Isla del Coco and the Challenge of Animal Agency: Preserving Earth's Natural Heritage.” Solís will explore La Isla del Coco's natural marvels through the lens of animal agency, which refers to the capacity of non-human animals to take action and influence their environment in meaningful ways.

WHEN:  6 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 4)

WHERE:  Helen DeVitt Jones Auditorium, Museum of Texas Tech University, 3301 Fourth St.

Mario Solís
Mario Solís

EVENT:  Solís holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Essex. He has served as a visiting researcher at Uppsala University in Sweden and as a visiting research associate at UCL in London. His interests include global justice, human rights, and moral and political philosophy. He has published on issues of justice, equality and development ethics. He is a member of the International Development Ethics Association and currently serves on its executive board. He is also part of the Instituto de Investigaciones Filosóficas, UCR (the Research Committee), the Asociación Latinoamerican de Filosofía Analítica and the UK-Latin America Network for Political Philosophy.

His public talk is offered in conjunction with the special exhibit “Journey through CoCos Island,” which will be on display at the Museum of Texas Tech through Dec. 17, and the International Week through Texas Tech's International Cultural Center. The exhibit was prepared in collaboration with the University of Costa Rica and showcases species from Costa Rica selected from the collection of the Natural Science Research Laboratory.

A reception will follow in the museum's Helen DeVitt Jones Sculpture Court. The event is open to the public and parking is free. The lecture is made possible by the Honors College and the Museum of Texas Tech University. 

The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays and is closed Mondays. For more information, visit the museum's website. Follow the museum on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates. Learn more about Mario Solís.


CONTACT:  Laura Ray
Manager, Communications & Marketing, Museum of Texas Tech University
(806) 834-3328