February 03, 2023 4:00 PM to 5:30 PMUptown Campus
Please join the Murphy Institute's Center for Ethics and Public Affairs for a Public Lecture:
What Makes Oppression Wrong?
Serene J. Khader
Jay Newman Chair in Philosophy of Culture, Brooklyn College
Professor of Philosophy and Women's and Gender Studies, CUNY Graduate Center
Friday, February 3, 2023, 4 p.m.
Rogers Memorial Chapel
About the speaker:
Serene J. Khader is a moral and political philosopher working primarily on feminist issues in global justice. She is the author of Adaptive Preferences and Women's Empowerment and Decolonizing Universalism: A Transnational Feminist Ethic, both from Oxford University Press, and the co-editor of the Routledge Companion to Feminist Philosophy. Her current project is a trade book, “The Freedom Myth,” about why we need to stop thinking feminism's core is freedom and start thinking it’s equality.
Professor Khader is also a public philosopher. She is the author of the New York Times article, “Why Are Poor Women Poor?” and she has appeared on Myisha Cherry’s UnMute Podcast, the Happier Hour Podcast, and the Australian TV series, Ethics Matter.
Oppression does not have to reduce freedom and freedom reduction is not oppression's distinctive harm. Thinking of oppression as freedom-reducing is at odds with thinking of cases of structural oppression as genuine cases of oppression.