Feminist Scholar to Highlight Symposium

The University of Tulsa College of Law will host an examination of gender equality issues March 4-5 with a presentation by noted legal scholar Catharine A. MacKinnon and a symposium regarding her scholarship.

MacKinnon, who serves as the Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School and as the James Barr Ames Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School, will deliver the 14th Annual John W. Hager Distinguished Lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 4, in the Price & Turpen Courtroom of John Rogers Hall, 3120 E. 4th Pl.

The following day, MacKinnon will participate in the Tulsa Law Review Legal Scholarship Symposium, which will include discussion, debate and analysis of her work. The symposium also will be held in the courtroom from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., March 5.

MacKinnon is a feminist scholar whose most recent work has dealt with issues of gender equality under international and constitutional law. Along with her cutting edge work on sexual harassment, she and her colleague, the late Andrea Dworkin, drafted ordinances recognizing pornography as a civil rights violation. Her most widely acclaimed works include Sex Equality; Toward a Feminist Theory of the State; Only Words; Women’s Lives, Men’s Laws; and Are Women Human? She is published in scholarly journals as well as the popular press and her work has been translated into many languages. MacKinnon currently works with Equality Now, a non-governmental organization promoting international sex equality rights for women.

MacKinnon holds a B.A. from Smith College, a J.D. from Yale Law School and a Ph.D. in political science from Yale. She has taught at Yale, the University of Chicago, Harvard University, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, Stanford University, Basel (Switzerland) and Columbia Law School. She also spent a year at Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.

MacKinnon’s March 4 lecture is entitled “Trafficking, Prostitution, and Inequality.” The lecture series honors former faculty member John W. Hager who, for nearly 40 years, set a standard for superior classroom teaching, intellectual integrity and professionalism at the TU College of Law. The John W. Hager Distinguished Lecture Series was established to bring preeminent scholars to the Tulsa legal community to share their ideas on law and justice.

The March 5 symposium is entitled “The Scholarship of Catharine MacKinnon.” The day’s activities include presentations on the wide range of MacKinnon’s work and its impact on the legal world. Contributors to the symposium include: Dr. Susanne Baer, William W. Cook Global Law Professor, University of Michigan Law School; Karima Bennoune, Professor of Law and Arthur L. Dickson Scholar, Rutgers School of Law-Newark; Kimberlé W. Crenshaw, Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law; Sheila McIntyre, Professor of Law, University of Ottawa; Jo Ann Palchack, Associate, Zuckerman Spaeder LLP; Ann Scales, Professor of Law, University of Denver Strum College of Law; Marc Spindelman, Professor of Law, The Ohio State University College of Law; Gerald Torres, Bryant Smith Chair in Law, University of Texas School of Law; and Lori Watson, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of San Diego.

Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.utulsa.edu/law.

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