February 13, 2013

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Sally Haslanger, professor of philosophy and director of women's and gender studies at MIT, will give the talk, "Structural Injustice: What it is and how it's hidden," Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is presented by the Department of Philosophy as the 2013 Roy Wood Sellars Lecture.

In her talk, Haslanger will examine the concept of "structural injustice" as it is expressed in the very concepts of race and gender and reinforced through forces that often go unnoticed or unaccounted for, such as systemic biases and group norms.

"Professor Haslanger is an accomplished academic, with broad research in analytic metaphysics and epistemology, ancient philosophy, social and political philosophy and feminist theory," said Sheila Lintott, associate professor of philosophy at Bucknell.

"She also has been a leader in the movement to diversify philosophy, a humanities discipline that more closely resembles STEM disciplines than it does other humanities disciplines in terms of gender and race diversity. It is a definite honor and a real learning opportunity to have her speak at the University."

Haslanger has published on a broad range of topics, from Aristotle's hylomorphic analysis of substance, to Catharine MacKinnon's theory of gender. A collection of her papers, Resisting the Real: Social Construction and Social Critique, was published by Oxford University Press in 2012. She also has co-edited three volumes: Adoption Matters: Philosophical and Feminist Essays, with Charlotte Witt, Theorizing Feminisms, with Elizabeth Hackett, and Persistence, with Roxanne Marie Kurtz.

In 2009 she founded the Women in Philosophy Task Force and has collaborated extensively with others to promote gender equity in academia in general, and in philosophy in particular. In 2010 she was awarded the Distinguished Woman Philosopher of the year by the Society of Women in Philosophy.

Haslanger gave the Carus Lectures, the American Philosophical Association's most prestigious lecture series, in 2012. She is the president-elect of the eastern division of the APA. She holds her degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Virginia, and Reed College.

The Roy Wood Sellars Lectureship was established in 1971 to celebrate both Roy Wood Sellars and W. Preston Warren. Professor emeritus at the University of Michigan, Sellars was instrumental in founding the Realist Movement in American philosophy. For many years chair of the philosophy department at Bucknell, Warren was the author or editor of a number of papers and books on Sellars' philosophy. The first Sellars Lecture was given by Preston Warren, and the second by Wilfrid Sellars (with his father in attendance).

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