"Economic Inequality: Causes and Consequences"
Charles Murray v. Timothy Noah
Wednesday, November 6th
Butler Board Room, 8:00 - 10:00 PM
Charles Murray is a political scientist, author, columnist, and pundit currently working as a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Murray earned his B.A. from Harvard University and his PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is best known for his controversial book The Bell Curve, co-authored with Richard Herrnstein in 1994. He first became well known for his Losing Ground: American Social Policy 1950–1980 (1984), which discussed the American welfare system. Murray has also written In Pursuit: Of Happiness and Good Government (1993), What It Means to be a Libertarian: A Personal Interpretation (1997), Human Accomplishment: The Pursuit of Excellence in the Arts and Sciences, 800 B.C. to 1950 (2003), and In Our Hands: A Plan to Replace the Welfare State (2006). He published Real Education: Four Simple Truths for Bringing America's Schools Back to Reality in 2008. Murray's articles have appeared in Commentary Magazine, The New Criterion, The Weekly Standard, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.
Timothy Noah writes twice weekly for MSNBC's Web site, tv.msnbc.com, and twice monthly for Remapping Debate (remappingdebate.org). Noah earned his B.A. from Harvard University. Previously he was a senior editor at the New Republic, where he wrote the "TRB From Washington" column, and for a dozen years before that he was a senior writer at Slate, where he wrote the "Chatterbox" column, among other duties. Prior to that he was a Washington-based reporter for the Wall Street Journal, an assistant managing editor for U.S. News & World Report, a congressional correspondent for Newsweek, and an editor of the Washington Monthly (where he remains a contributing editor). Noah has written for a variety of other national publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Harper's, and Fortune, and has contributed frequent broadcast commentaries to CBS Sunday Morning and NPR's Day To Day. In 2010, Noah was also a National Magazine Award finalist for his Slate coverage of Obamacare. Noah edited two anthologies of the writings of his late wife, Marjorie Williams: the New York Times best seller The Woman At The Washington Zoo (2005), which won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award, and Reputation (2008). He received the 2011 Hillman Prize for a 10-part Slate series on income inequality in the U.S. that he subsequently expanded into his 2012 book, The Great Divergence: America's Growing Inequality Crisis And What We Can Do About It.
"Gender Roles: Nature or Nurture?"
Camille Paglia v. Jane Flax
Tuesday, October 8th
Mary Graydon Center 3, 8:00 - 10:00 PM
Camille Paglia is University Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at the University of the Arts, where she has taught since 1984 when she was appointed by the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts. She received her B.A. from the State University of New York at Binghamton and her M.Phil. and PhD degrees from Yale University. She taught at Bennington College for eight years and was a visiting instructor at Wesleyan University and Yale College. A frequent contributor and critic on art, literature, popular culture, feminism, politics and religion for publications around the world, Paglia's recent article, "Lady Gaga and the Death of Sex," was the cover story of the U.K.'s Sunday Times Magazine. Paglia is also the author of numerous national best sellers, including Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson (1990); Sex, Art, and American Culture (1992); Vamps & Tramps: New Essays (1994); and The Birds, a study of Alfred Hitchcock published in 1998 by the British Film Institute in its Film Classics Series. Her fifth book, Break, Blow, Burn: Camille Paglia Reads Forty-Three of the World's Best Poems was released by Pantheon Books in 2005 and became a national bestseller, as did its paperback edition published by Vintage Books in 2006. Paglia's sixth book, Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars, was published by Pantheon Books in 2012, while the subsequent paperback was released by Vintage Books in 2013.
Jane Flax is currently a Scholar in Residence in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at American University. Previously she taught at Howard University, Stanford University, University of Maryland (Baltimore County) and University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is also a psychotherapist in private practice in Washington, DC. Her BA is from the University of California at Berkeley and Ph.D. from Yale University. Her books include Thinking Fragments, Disputed Subjects, The American Dream in Black and White, and Resonances of Slavery in Race/Gender Relations. She has also published more than 50 book chapters and journal articles on a wide range of subjects, including philosophy of science, mother-daughter relations, ethics, critical theory, race/gender, psychoanalysis, feminist theories, postmodernism, subjectivity, justice, American political thought and politics, epistemology, Kant, and Foucault's "care of the self." Currently her work focuses on ethics, Foucault and philosophies of mind.