August 21, 2018

Learn More about Catharine MacKinnon

HBI is proud to host Catharine A. MacKinnon, the Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law at the University of Michigan and James Barr Ames Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School for our annual Diane Markowicz Lecture on Gender and Human Rights, October 14, 2018. Her lecture is titled,  “Sexual Harassment: The Law, The Politics, and The Movement.”

Long before the #MeToo movement, Professor MacKinnon pioneered the legal claim for sexual harassment and, with Andrea Dworkin, created ordinances recognizing pornography as a civil rights violation and proposed the Swedish model for abolishing prostitution. In February, she authored an opinion piece in the New York Times titled, #MeToo Has Done What the Law Could Not where she details the ways that “this mass mobilization against sexual abuse, through an unprecedented wave of speaking out in conventional and social media, is eroding the two biggest barriers to ending sexual harassment in law and in life: the disbelief and trivializing dehumanization of its victims.”

Earlier this year, Prof. MacKinnon recorded a podcast with Signs, a leading international journal in women’s and gender studies. She was interviewed by Durba Mitra is Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality and Carol K. Pforzheimer Assistant Professor at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University. Read and listen here.

The Markowicz Lecture Series is part of HBI’s project on Gender, Culture, Religion and the Law and was created by GCRL Founder Sylvia Neil and her husband Dan Fischel in memory of Sylvia’s late sister, Diane Markowicz, to honor her commitment to gender equality and social justice.

The lecture will be held at Brandeis University, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018 at 4 p.m. in the  Ruth Shapiro Theater in the Shapiro Campus Center followed by a reception in the Atrium. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP here.

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