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14th Annual McDowell Conference
Fall 2004 Program


Friday, November 12, 2004
Kettler-Palmer Lounge, Butler Pavilion
1:00 pm to 6:00 pm


1:00 pm - 3:30 pm Session I:

“Tolerance and Reasonableness”
Jeffrey Reiman
William Fraser McDowell Professor of Philosophy, American University

“From the Letter on Toleration to the Discourse of Difference: Changing Paradigms of Cultural Coexistence”
Seyla Benhabib
Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy, Director of the Program in Ethics, Politics and Economics, Yale University

“Moral Lenience and Moral Toleration”
Anita L. Allen
Henry Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania

“Tolerance, Power, and Identity”
Linda Martín Alcoff
Professor of Philosophy, Syracuse University

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Refreshments

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Session II:

“Philosophy, Border Control and Deconstructive Ethics”
Jin Y. Park
Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion, American University

“Beyond Tolerance: Separatism to Commonality”
Gary Weaver
Professor of International Communications, American University


Linda Martín Alcoff is Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies at Syracuse University. She received her Ph.D. at Brown University in 1987. She works primarily in continental philosophy, epistemology, feminist theory, and philosophy of race. Her books include Feminist Epistemologies, co-edited with Elizabeth Potter (Routledge, 1993); Real Knowing: New Versions of the Coherence Theory of Knowledge (Cornell, 1996); Epistemology: The Big Questions (Blackwell, 1998); Thinking From the Underside of History (Rowman and Littlefield, 2000), co-edited with Eduardo Mendieta; Identities (Blackwell, 2003), co-edited with Eduardo Mendieta; Singing in the Fire: Stories of Women in Philosophy (Rowman and Littlefield 2003); The Blackwell Guide to Feminist Philosophy, co-edited with Eva Kittay; andVisible Identities: Race, Gender and the Self (forthcoming).

Anita L. Allen is one of the nation’s leading experts on privacy law. She is the co-author of the pathbreaking textbook, Privacy Law (West 2002), and Why Privacy Isn’t Everything: Feminist Reflections on Personal Accountability (2003). Her Uneasy Access: Privacy for Women in a Free Society (1988) was one of the very first books devoted to a philosophical discussion of privacy and its value. She has published more than 70 articles and essays. She is also recognized for her scholarship in the areas of jurisprudence, legal philosophy, law and literature, women’s rights and race relations. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the American Association of University Women and the American Council of Learned Societies, and most recently a fellowship to Princeton’s Program in Law and Public Affairs for 2003 – 2004. Allen served as a legal consultant to law firms, businesses, and government. She has also lectured at major colleges and universities across the United States and in Europe. She has appeared on Good Morning America, ABC Nightline, Face the Nation, and other television and radio programs.

Seyla Benhabib is the Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Yale University and Director of the Program in Ethics, Politics and Economics. She has previously taught at Harvard University’s Department of Government (1993-2000) and was Chair of the Program in Social Studies from 1997 to 2000. Her publications include Critique, Norm, and Utopia (Columbia University Press, 1986), Situating the Self (Routledge, 1992), The Reluctant Modernism of Hannah Arendt (Sage, 1996), Feminist Contentions. A Philosophical Exchange (Routledge 1995); Transformations of Citizenship. Dilemmas of the Nation—State in the Global Era (Van Gorcum, 2001); The Claims of Culture. Equality and Diversity in the Global Era (Princeton University Press, 2002) and The Rights of Others. Aliens, Citizens and Residents. The John Seeley Memorial Lectures (Cambridge University Press 2004). She has held numerous prestigious lecturerships: the Max Horkheimer Memorial Lectures in Frankfurt in 1997; the John Gauss lectures at Princeton University in 1998; the John Seeley Memorial lectures at Cambridge University in 2002 and the Priestley lectures at the University of Toronto in October 2003. She was the Baruch de Spinoza Visiting Professor at the University of Amsterdam in Spring 2000. In January 2004, she received an honorary degree from the University for Humanistic Studies of Utrecht. Her work has been translated into German, Spanish, French, Swedish, Turkish, Italian, Hebrew, Serbo-Croatian, Bulgarian, Polish, Russian, Swedish, and Japanese. She is a frequent contributor to newspapers such as Die Frankfurter Rundschau, Die Zeit and Die Neue Zuericher Zeitung, and to the journals Dissent and the Boston Review.

Jin Y. Park is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion at American University. She is the editor of forthcoming volume Buddhisms and Deconstructions (Rowman & Littlefield). She has published articles on Buddhism, Asian philosophy, and Buddhism and Continental philosophy in journals published in the U. S., Asia and Europe. She serves as co-chair for the International Society for Buddhist Philosophy and also for the Zen Buddhism Semianr at the American Academy of Religion.

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, 7th ed. (Allyn & Bacon, 2004), and more than fifty articles in philosophy and criminal justice journals and anthologies.

Gary Weaver has been a faculty member of the School of International Service at American University in the Division of International Communication for thirty-three years. He created and directed various academic programs at the University including the Seminar on Managing a Multicultural Workforce, the Fulbright Pre-Academic Program, and the Community Studies Program. In 1999, he founded and serves as Executive Director of the University's International Management Institute (IMI), a program for training executives for international relocation and multicultural management. Each year he gives over 100 keynote addresses, lectures, training seminars, and workshops to various universities, nonprofit groups, government agencies, professional organizations and business groups in the U.S. and abroad. His topics range from working in a multicultural workforce, culture shock, and cross-cultural negotiation to conflict resolution, American identity movements and multicultural childcare. Among his publications are "This Cutthroat College Generation," "American Identity Movements," "The Melting Pot Myth vs. the Cultural Cookie Cutter," "Police and the Enemy Image in Black Literature," "Law Enforcement in a Culturally Diverse Society," "Understanding and Coping with Cross-Cultural Adjustment Stress," "The Process of Reentry," Readings in Cross-Cultural Communication, The University and Revolution, and his most recent book, Culture, Communication and Conflict .