Discussion with the audience followed by a talk by Phillippe Schmitter entitled "The Future of ‘Real-Existing’ Democracy."
Philippe Schmitter, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the Europena Univeristy Institute, on "The Future of ‘Real-Existing’ Democracy,'" followed by commentary from Brooklen College philosophy professor Michael Menser
Ayelet Shachar, Professor & Canada Research Chair in Citizenship and Multiculturalism at the University of Toronto, discusses "Entangled: Gender, Religion, and Human Rights."
Seyla Benhabib, the Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Yale University, on “Transnational Legal Spheres and the Construction(s) of ‘Cultural’ Difference."
Abdullahi An-Na’im, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law at Emory Law School, delivers a talk entitled "Beyond Minority Politics: American Muslims and Citizenship." Commentary follows by Andrew March,Associate Professor of Political Science at Yale.
Anne Norton, Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, delivers the second Mellon Sawyer lecture of the series on "Democratic Citizenship and the Recognition of Cultural Differences." Professor Norton's talk is followed by commentary by Joan Wallach Scott, Harold F. Linder Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study.
Azizah al-Hibri - Professor Emerita at the T. C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond, and Founder and President of KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights - delivers the first lecture in a series of seminars entitled "Democratic Citizenship and the Recognition of Cultural Differences." Professor al-Hibri's talk is followed by commentary from [...]
Jessica Valent notes in The Nation the hypocricy of American media outlets attributing rape in India to a "sexist culture," while overlooking "our own cultural and political willful ignorance" in the United States. http://www.thenation.com/blog/172024/americas-rape-problem-we-refuse-admit-there-one# Valent argues: It’s not just the parents of the accused rapists or the boys who made jokes who are complicit—it’s not [...]
The House failed to vote on a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which the Senate passed with bipartisan support last April, along with amendments that would have extended protection to 3 groups not covered by the original law. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/02/violence-against-women-act-_n_2398553.html House Republicans argued that these extensions were "politically driven." The amended bill would have [...]
Amith Gupta comments on the media reaction to recent rapes in India, arging that there has been an "orgy of racism and orientalism in blaming Indian culture, both by Western voices and Indian 'native informants'." See: http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/9371/orientalist-feminism-rears-its-head-in-india The current media narrative, Gupta writes, has "reduced India's rape crisis to a cultural problem," and has overlooked [...]
An editorial at the Guardian.com finds "something uncomfortably neocolonial" in much of Western media coverage of a recent rape and suicide in India. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jan/01/delhi-rape-damini Emer O'Toole writes: While India's civil and political spheres are alight with protest and demands for changes to the country's culture of sexual violence, commentators here are using the event to [...]
"A 18-year-old girl who was gang-raped last month committed suicide after a police officer pressed her to drop the case and marry one of her attackers, the police and a relative said Thursday." See: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/28/world/asia/rape-victim-commits-suicide-in-india.html "Calls for justice for the victim have quickly morphed into demands that the six suspects in police custody be executed." [...]