Women's Leadership and Social Justice

Monday, September 20, 2010 - 14:51

On Thursday, September 23, four distinguished panelists will convene to discuss “Women’s Leadership and Social Justice,” part of a year of events celebrating the inauguration of Mount Holyoke College’s 18th president, philosopher and ethicist Lynn Pasquerella. The discussion will take place in Gamble Auditorium in the Art Building at 7:30 pm.

The panelists bring a high level of expertise to the discussion. Professor of philosophy Kwame Anthony Appiah of Princeton University has received numerous accolades for his work in philosophy, identity, African studies, and multiculturalism. He is the author of several award-winning books, including Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers, The Ethics of Identity, and Experiments in Ethics, and three novels.

Professor of law Catharine MacKinnon of University of Michigan has an extensive background in international and constitutional law. She specializes in sex-equality issues and successfully argued a case in 2000 to recognize rape as a genocidal act. Her most recent books include Are Women Human? and Women’s Lives, Men’s Laws, and she has published widely in scholarly journals.

Joia Mukherjee, medical director of Partners in Health (PIH), teaches at Harvard Medical School and has spent more than two decades working on issues of public health disparities and access to health care. Earlier this year she traveled to Haiti to work on the relief effort after the earthquake. At PIH, a nonprofit health care organization, she coordinates clinical work, training, and advocacy of the program’s eight international locations.

Kavita Ramdas ’85 is senior advisor and former president and CEO of the Global Fund for Women, having increased the organization’s assets from $6 million to $21 million during her 14 years of leadership. She has received several awards for her work, including most recently the Haridas and Bina Chaudhuri Award for Distinguished Service and the Duveneck Humanitarian Award. She is a member of the Global Development Program Advisory Panel to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and is a member of the board of trustees at Princeton University.

The event is free and open to the public. Additional seating will be available in Hooker Auditorium, where the program will be simulcast.