The Rutgers Equine Science Center is proud to partner with veteran science journalist Wendy Williams in hosting the premier book signing event and lecture by Ms. Williams on Nov. 2 on the G. H. Cook campus. In Williams’s revealing and groundbreaking new book about the 56-million-year story of the horse, we come to understand the science behind how horses think and act, the evolutionary forces that shaped them, what their story tells us about changes in our climate over the years, and how the horse-human partnership evolved.

           “Williams compiles research from scientists and horse experts from all over the world in this magnificent book” said Karyn Malinowski, Director of the Equine Science Center. “Her lecture preceding the book signing titled, ‘Can Horses Read?’ is sure to be a hit with Rutgers students and equine enthusiasts.”

           Malinowski added that Williams will take the audience through her scientific travelogue and provide images from her travels where she studied horses in places where they still roam; such as Mongolia and Galicia, and to sites with prehistoric art and fossils in France, the Basque country, Wyoming, Germany, and even Los Angeles. 

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            The story of the horse’s evolution, from the small deer-like, four-toed Eohippus into the imposing, breathtaking one-toed Equus we know and love today, cannot be told without featuring the story of the changing world, complete with moving continents and tectonic shifts, drastic habitat reversals and vanishing vegetation, climate changes, and near-extinction.

           The lecture and book signing will be held at the new Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health building on the G. H. Cook Campus, Room 101.

VIP Admission:

A VIP reception with the author, will start at 6 p.m. in the same location and include an advanced copy of the book (which became available everywhere on October 27).


For more information about the event and how to register please go to:

About Wendy Williams

She is a thirty-year science journalist and her writing has been published in a wide diversity of newspapers and magazines, ranging from the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times to Scientific American and Science. Her specialty is introducing complex science in language that's easily accessible to the general public.

About Rutgers Equine Science Center

The Equine Science Center is a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Its mission is “Better Horse Care through Research and Education” in order to advance the well-being and performance of horses and the equine industry. Its vision is to be recognized throughout New Jersey as well as nationally and internationally for its achievements in identifying issues in the horse industry, finding solutions through science-based inquiry, providing answers to the horse industry and to horse owners, and influencing public policy to ensure the viability of the horse industry. For more information about the Equine Science Center, call 848-932-9419 or visit