For Jeff Braden, the opportunity to join the first successful project to teach chimpanzees American Sign Language at the University of Nevada, Reno, in the 1970s shaped his philosophy on what it means to be human. By bringing together perspectives in the sciences and the humanities, Braden was able to investigate how we understand our identity and our connections to other beings and minds.

– Jeff Braden (Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, NC State University)