Seyla Benhabib and Ayelet Shachar-Thursday Nov. 29 @4:15pm, Skylight Room (Rm. 9200)

Seyla Benhabib and Ayelet Shachar-Thursday Nov. 29 @4:15pm, Skylight Room (Rm. 9200)


Thursday Nov. 29             4:15pm, Skylight Room (Rm. 9200)


Seyla Benhabib, Yale University

“Transnational Legal Spheres and the Construction of ‘Cultural’ Difference”

Ayelet Shachar, University of Toronto Faculty of Law

“Entangled: Gender, Religion, and Human Rights”


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Co-Sponsored by the Center for Global Ethics and Politics


The Mellon Sawyer Seminar Series is an interdisciplinary project focused on how democratic societies can be inclusive of a wide range of cultural practices and forms of expression while maintaining a commitment to respecting a secular public sphere, universal human rights, and women’s equality. Led by Dist. Prof. Carol Gould (Philosophy, Political Science), Prof. Ruth O’Brien (Political Science), Prof. Omar Dahbour (Philosophy), and Dist. Prof. Richard Wolin (History, Political Science, Comp. Literature), fourteen events exploring these issues will be held at the Graduate Center throughout the 2012-2013 academic year.


Seyla Benhabib is the Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Yale University. Professor Benhabib was the President of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association in 2006-07 and Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin in 2009. She won the Ernst Bloch prize in 2009, and In 2012 she was awarded the Leopold-Lucas Prize of the German University of Tuebingen in recognition of outstanding achievement in the fields of Theology, History or Philosophy, focusing on individuals whose work promotes tolerance among nations and religions. Her most recent book is Dignity in Adversity: Human Rights in Troubled Times (Polity, 2011).


Ayelet Shachar is Professor of Law, Political Science, and Global Affairs, and Research Chair in Citizenship and Multiculturalism at University of Toronto Faculty of Law. Shachar has received numerous excellence awards and has held research fellowships as a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Princeton’s Law and Public Affairs Program (LAPA), Emile Noël Senior Fellow at NYU School of Law, and the W. M. Keck Fellow in Legal Ethics and Professional Culture at Yale Law School. Her most recent book is The Birthright Lottery: Citizenship and Global Inequality (Harvard University Press, 2009).