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11th Annual McDowell Conference
Fall 2001 Program


Friday, November 9, 2001
Boardroom, Butler Pavilion, 6th floor
1:00 pm to 6:00 pm


1:00 pm - 3:15 pm Session I:

“Opening Remarks: We the People…”
Jeffrey Reiman, William Fraser McDowell Professor of Philosophy, American University

“Segregation as an Impediment to Democratic Communication”
Iris Marion Young, Professor of Politics, University of Chicago

“Democracy and Economics”
Joshua Cohen, Professor of Philosophy and Political Science, MIT

3:15 pm - 3:45 pm Coffee and Donuts

3:45 pm - 6:00 pm Session II:

“Democracy and Human Rights between the Personal and the Global”
Carol Gould, Professor of Philosophy, Stevens Institute of Technology

“The Impact of Democratization on Human Rights Culture in Kosovo”
Julie Mertus, Assistant Professor of International Service, American University

“The Possibilities and Limits of Democracies”
Alan Levine, Associate Professor of Government, American University



Joshua Cohen is professor of philosophy and political science at MIT, where he is Goldberg professor of the Humanities. Cohen is co-author of On Democracy and Associations and Democracy, author of numerous articles in political philosophy, editor of Boston Review, and editor of the Boston Review/Beacon Press New Democracy Forum series.

Carol C Gould is Professor of Philosophy at Stevens Institute of Technology and Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. She is the author of Marx’s Social Ontology (MIT Press, 1978) and of Rethinking Democracy (Cambridge University Press, 1988), editor and co-editor of six books including Women and Philosophy (the first published collection in feminist philosophy); Beyond Domination: New Perspectives on Women and Philosophy; The Information Web: Ethical and Social Implications of Computer Networking; Gender; and most recently, Cultural Identity and the Nation-State (with Pasquale Pasquino, Rowman & Littlefield, 2001), and has published over forty articles in social and political philosophy and feminist theory.

Alan M. Levine is an associate professor of political theory in the Department of Government at American University. He is the author of Sensual Philosophy: Toleration, Skepticism, and Montaigne’s Politics of the Self (Lexington Books, 2001) and editor of Early Modern Skepticism and the Origins of Toleration (Lexington Books, 1999), and he has published articles and book chapters on Montaigne, Nietzsche and Chinua Achebe. He is currently working on a book entitled The Idea of America in European Political Thought: 1492-1992.

Julie Mertus is on the faculty of American University’s School of International Service and a senior fellow at the Unites States Institute of Peace (2000-2001). She has extensive field experience in the Balkans and her geographic expertise is in the areas of ethnic conflict, transnational civil society and democratization, human rights, refugee and humanitarian law and policy, and gender and conflict. Her recent books include: Kosovo: How Myths and Truths Started a War (U. Cal. Press, 1999); War’s Offensive Against Women: The Humanitarian Challenge in Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan (Kumarian, 2000); and The New Human Geography of Peace Building (forthcoming, USIP). She was formerly a fellow in human rights at Harvard Law School, a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, a Fulbright Fellow (Romania), and Counsel to Human Rights Watch.

Jeffrey Reiman is the William Fraser McDowell Professor of Philosophy at American University. He is the author of In Defense of Political Philosophy (Harper & Row, 1972), Justice and Modern Moral Philosophy (Yale, 1990), Critical Moral Liberalism: Theory and Practice (Rowman & Littlefield, 1997), The Death Penalty: For and Against (with Louis Pojman) (Rowman & Littlefield, 1998), Abortion and the Ways We Value Human Life (Rowman & Littlefield, 1999), The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison: Ideology, Class, and Criminal Justice, 6th ed. (Allyn & Bacon, 2001), and more than fifty articles in philosophy and criminal justice journals and anthologies.

Iris Marion Young is Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago and is a member of the Boards of the Center for Gender Studies and the Human Rights Program. She is author Throwing Like a Girl and Other Essays in Feminist Philosophy and Social Theory (Indiana, 1990), Justice and the Politics of Difference (Princeton, 1997), and Intersecting Voices: Dilemmas of Gender, Political Philosophy and Policy (Princeton, 1997), and Inclusion and Democracy (Oxford, 2000).