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Women's World, Men's States

Course-wide Lecture, Spring 2004

by Catharine MacKinnon, Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law at the University of Michigan

Catharine MacKinnon, Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School, delivered the Contemporary Civilization Course-wide Lecture on Thursday, April 29, at 8:00 PM. The event was held at The Synod House of St. John the Divine, located at 110th Street and Amsterdam Avenue. Professor MacKinnon's lecture was entitled "Women's World, Men's States."

Professor MacKinnon is a pioneer in feminist legal theory, specializing in sex equality issues under constitutional and international law. She is one of the most widely-cited legal scholars in the English language. Her ten scholarly books include Sex Equality (2001), Only Words (1993), Toward a Feminist Theory of the State (1989), and Feminism Unmodified (1987). She co-directs The Lawyers' Alliance for Women (LAW) Project of Equality Now, an NGO promoting international sex equality rights for women around the world.

Professor MacKinnon holds a B.A. from Smith College, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and a Ph.D. in political science from Yale University. In addition to teaching at the University of Michigan, she is a long-term visitor at the University of Chicago Law School. She has also taught at Yale, Harvard, Osgoode Hall, Basel (Switzerland), Stanford, and Columbia. She has just finished a collection of her writings entitled "Women's Lives, Men's Laws," and is working on a companion collection, "Women's World, Men's States," both for Harvard University Press.

The Contemporary Civilization Course-wide Lecture series was established in 1999. Two lectures sponsored by the Dean of the College are given each year; one in the spring and one in the fall. Additional information about the CC Course-wide Lecture series is available on the Core Curriculum Web site.