The Bishop John Fletcher Hurst Philosophy Lecture was initiated by the Department of Philosophy and Religion and named for the founder of American University, who was himself a philosopher. Offered annually in the spring, it brings to the American University campus some of the most distinguished thinkers from this country and abroad. As a result, our students have immediate contact with those shaping philosophical theory in many fields. The department has consistently invited lecturers who are working on the frontiers of contemporary thought and who are relevant to many other disciplines, including aesthetics, the social and natural sciences, history, literature, ethics and the philosophy of religion.
58th Annual Bishop Hurst Lecture, Spring 2017
Shamelessness and Second-Hand Shame
Professor of Philosophy
George Washington University
Wednesday, April 5, 2016
MGC Wechsler Theatre 1-3pm
About Gail Weis
Gail Weiss is Professor of Philosophy at George Washington University and General Secretary of the International Merleau-Ponty Circle. She is the author of Refiguring the Ordinary (Indiana U. Press, 2008) and Body Images: Embodiment as Intercorporeality (Routledge 1999). She is the editor of: Intertwinings: Interdisciplinary Encounters with Merleau-Ponty (SUNY 2008) and she has co-edited a Summer 2011 Special Issue of Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy on "The Ethics of Embodiment" as well as a Winter 2012 cluster issue, "Contesting the Norms of Embodiment" with Debra Bergoffen. Other coedited volumes include: Feminist Interpretations of Maurice Merleau-Ponty with Dorothea Olkowski (Penn State Press 2006), Thinking the Limits of the Body with Jeffrey Jerome Cohen (SUNY 2003), and Perspectives on Embodiment: The Intersections of Nature and Culture with Honi Fern Haber (Routledge 1999). The main focus of her research and published work is on specific issues related to human embodiment, drawing upon recent work in feminist theory, critical race theory, and disability studies.
List of Past Lectures
57. 2016 Mary Beth Mader, University of Memphis, "Being Genealogical: Contemporary Philosophical Reflections on Kinship"
56. 2015 Michele M. Moody-Adams, Columbia University, "Civic Art of Remembrance and the Democratic Imagination"
55. 2014 Roger T. Ames, University of Hawai'i, "Confucian Role Ethics: A Challenge to the Ideology of Individualism"
54. 2013 Beate Roessler, University of Amsterdam, "Changing Norms of Friendship: Social Relations in the Age of Social Network Sites"
53. 2012 Susan Brison, Dartmouth College,"The Embodied Self: Trauma, Narrative, and Personal Identity"
52. 2011 Ladelle McWhorter, University of Richmond, "Savages and Throwbacks: A Foucauldian Genealogy of Racism in the 20th Century"
51. 2010 Claudia Card, University of Wisconsin, Madison, "Evils and Inexcusable Wrongs"
50. 2009 Simon Critchley, New School for Social Research, "To Philosophize Is to Learn How to Die"
49. 2008 Robert Bernasconi, University of Memphis, "The Policing of Race Mixing and the Birth of Biopower"
48. 2007 Nancy Tuana, Pennsylvania State University, "Witnessing Katrina: Feminist Contributions to Socially Responsible Science"
47. 2006 Alison M. Jaggar, University of Colorado, "The Poorest of the Poor: Justice and the Feminization of Global Poverty"