April 16, 2014

Judith Butler, a renowned feminist scholar and gender theorist and the Wun Tsun Tam Mellon Visiting Professor of the Humanities in the Department of English and Comparative Literature, delivered a lecture on Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex through Feminist to the Core, a lecture series co-sponsored by the Center for the Core Curriculum and the Columbia Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality. Feminist to the Core puts feminists in conversation with the Columbia Core, exploring alternate approaches and inspiring new ways of seeing and thinking about the texts that are at the heart of the Columbia experience. During the spring 2014 semester, Butler taught a section of Contemporary Civilization.

During the 2013–2014 academic year, Feminist to the Core lectures were also given by Nancy Worman, professor of classics at Barnard College; Elizabeth Castelli, professor of religion at Barnard College; Julie Crawford, the Mark Van Doren Professor of Humanities and the 2014–2015 chair of Literature Humanities; and Farah Griffin, the William B. Ransford Professor of English and Comparative Literature and African American Studies.

Photo: Tess Drahman