Dr. Susan J. Brison will present the UNESCO World Philosophy Day lecture, “Sex, Violence, and Global Human Rights,” at Kutztown University on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 5 p.m. in Boehm Science Center room 145. This event is hosted by the Department of Philosophy and is free and open to the public.
Brison, a professor of philosophy and the Eunice and Julian Cohen Professor for the Study of Ethics and Human Values at Dartmouth College, holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a doctorate degree from the University of Toronto.
Brison’s research involves mental representation, free speech theory, anti-individualism and sexual violence. She has authored Aftermath: Violence and the Remaking of a Self (Princeton University Press), and is the co-editor of Contemporary Perspectives on Constitutional Interpretation (Westview Press) and Free Speech in the Digital Age (Oxford University Press).
The annual lecture on UNESCO World Philosophy Day promotes global cultural understanding through philosophy. It incorporates a first-person narrative of sexual assault into philosophical analysis of the global phenomenon of gender-based violence. Also, exploring the reasons why the ubiquity of sexual violence makes this a massive and ongoing human rights issue.
The Department of Philosophy gratefully acknowledges support for this program from the President’s Strategic Initiatives Program, the Office of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Association of Campus Events.