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Philosophy & Religion | Bishop Hurst Lecture Series

46th Annual Bishop Hurst Lecture
Spring 2005 Brochure

This year's lecture entitled "From Genocide to Justice: Women's Bodies as a Legal Writing Pad" was given by Dr. Debra B. Bergoffen, Professor of Philosophy, George Mason University, on Wednesday, March 23, 2005 in Butler Boardroom, 11:00-12:30.

Dr. Bergoffen is professor of Philosophy and a member of the Women’s Studies and Cultural Studies faculties at George Mason University. She also teaches in the university’s Honors program and for the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Dr. Bergoffen chaired the GMU Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies from 1980-1987, and was Director of the GMU Women’s Studies Research and Resource Center from 1998-2002. She received the university’s Distinguished Faculty Award in 1989, its Teaching Excellence Award in 1993, and the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Scholar Award in 2004.

Dr. Bergoffen was the co-director of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy from 1993-1996. She currently serves as a reader for and on the editorial boards of several philosophical journals, including the recently launched series on Simone de Beauvoir at the University of Illinois Press. Dr. Bergoffen’s writings appear regularly in journals and anthologies. Her essays work within the context of the continental philosophical and multi disciplinary feminist traditions, to explore issues at the intersections of epistemology, ethics, and politics. Her book, The Philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir: Gendered Phenomenologies, Erotic Generosities, details the significance of Beauvoir’s singular philosophical voice and examines the impact of her thinking on contemporary philosophical theory and current feminist thought. Dr. Bergoffen’s most recent work deals with the ethical and political issues of genocide, human rights and women’s rights.

Dr. Bergoffen received her Ph.D. from Georgetown University. Her areas of specialization are existentialism, phenomenology, feminist theory, and psychoanalytic theory.