2017-2018: Equality and Difference

Equality is an ideal that is widely embraced yet deeply contested. What does, or should, it mean to treat one another as "equals" in moral, social, or political life? Is there a tension between respect for individual differences and equality of treatment? Do groups or cultures, as well as individuals, have a claim to be treated equally? What happens if formal equality and substantive equality conflict? What is the relation between equality and justice? The aim of this year's series is to explore these and related questions about "equality and difference."

Below is a list of upcoming theme-related events and activities. To receive information about these and other Mudd Center events, please join our mailing list.

Speakers and Events

Julie Woodzicka Abigail Grigsby Urquhart Professor of Psychology, Washington and Lee University

Talk Title: Are All Jokes Created Equal? Differential Effects of Group-Based Disparagement Humor
Tuesday, October 3, 12:00 p.m.
Hillel Multipurpose Room

T.M. Scanlon Alford Professor of Natural Religion, Moral Philosophy, and Civil Polity, Emeritus, Harvard University

Talk Title: Further Reflections on Tolerance (and Some Implications for Immigration)
Thursday, October 26, 5:00 p.m.
Stackhouse Theater

Maggie Little Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University

Talk Title: Research With Pregnant Women: A Moral Imperative
Wednesday, November 8, 5:00 p.m.
Hillel Multipurpose Room

Mark Menjivar and Jason Reed

Artists' Talk, Borderland Collective: Northern Triangle
Wednesday, November 15, 5:30 p.m.
Wilson Hall's Concert Hall
Reception will follow

Laura I. Gómez Founder and CEO, Atipica Inc.

Talk Title: The Problem is Not in the Code: Racism, Sexism and Inequalities in Tech
Thursday, November 30, 5:00 p.m.
Stackhouse Theater

Devon Carbado Associate Vice Chancellor of BruinX for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, The Honorable Harry Pregerson Professor of Law, UCLA

Talk Title: Equality and the Fourth Amendment
Thursday, January 25, 5:00 p.m.
Stackhouse Theater

Suzan-Lori Parks Pulitzer prize-winning playwright

Talk Title: One Million Suggestions by Suzan-Lori Parks
Thursday, February 8, 5:30 p.m.
Stackhouse Theater

Katherine Boo Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author and Journalist

Talk Title: For the Valentine's Day Skeptics Among Us, An Evening of Social Change
Wednesday, February 14, 5:00 p.m.
Stackhouse Theater

Miranda Fricker Presidential Professor of Philosophy, City University of New York

Talk Title: Epistemic Equality as a Condition of Well-Functioning Blame
Thursday, March 8, 5:00 p.m.
Hillel Multipurpose Room