Was Gender Liberal?

Tuesday April 12 | 12:30-1:30 PM ET

On Tuesday, April 12th, spend your break with Professor Yasmine Ergas and Professor Rosalind C. Morris as they discuss the role of gender in liberal thought. For over a decade, illiberal governments and movements have not only targeted gender rights but also so-called “gender ideology”, and the very notion of gender. Why? And what might this tell us about the embeddedness of “gender” in liberal thought?




Speaker’s Bio:

Yasmine Ergas (Director, Institute for the Study of Human Rights) is Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of International and Public Affairs at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. She is also Director of the Gender & Public Policy Specialization at SIPA, a faculty member and member of the Executive Committee of the Committee on Global Thought and co-chair of the University Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Council. Her current research addresses the emergence of a global market in reproductive services and the rise of “illiberal democracy” and the current backlash against gender equality. Her books include Nelle maglie della politica: femminismo, istituzioni e politiche sociali nell’Italia degli anni settanta (Milan: Angeli, 1986) and Reassembling Motherhood: Procreation and Care in a Globalized World, co-edited with Jane Jenson and Sonya Michel, (Columbia University Press, 2017). She has served as a consultant to international and domestic policy organizations, including the OECD, UNESCO, the Millennium Villages Project and the New York City Commission on Human Rights; and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Human Rights Practice, the editorial board of Ingenere.it and the advisory board of the Journal of International Affairs, among others. A graduate of the University of Sussex, University of Rome and Columbia Law School, Ergas has received numerous honors, fellowships and grants, including from the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, Brown University, American Council of Learned Societies, Ford Foundation, the Italian Consiglio Nazionale della Ricerca, Institute for Social Economic and Policy Research at Columbia University, the Compton Foundation and the Open Society Foundations.