Knapp Chair/30th Nathaniel L. Nathanson Memorial Lecture
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Date and Time
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice
"Trafficking, Prostitution and Inequality"
This speech will consider the relation of the debate on prostitution to the problem of sex trafficking, evaluating the arguments through the lens of empirical evidence on inequality, and exploring the Swedish model for its abolition.
- 5:30 p.m. — Doors open
- 6 p.m. — Presentation
- 7 p.m. — Reception/Book Signing
About the Speaker
Catharine A. MacKinnon is the Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law at the University of Michigan and the James Barr Ames Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School (long-term). She holds a BA from Smith College, a JD from Yale Law School, and a PhD in political science from Yale, and specializes in sex equality issues under international and domestic (including comparative and constitutional) law.
MacKinnon pioneered the legal claim for sexual harassment and, with Andrea Dworkin, created ordinances recognizing pornography as a civil rights violation and the Swedish model for abolishing prostitution. The Supreme Court of Canada has largely accepted her approaches to equality, pornography, and hate speech, which have been influential internationally as well. Representing Bosnian women survivors of Serbian genocidal sexual atrocities, she won with co-counsel a damage award of $745 million in 2000 in Kadic v. Karadzic under the Alien Tort Act, the first recognition of rape as an act of genocide.
Among the schools at which she has taught are Yale, Stanford, Chicago, Harvard, Osgoode Hall, Basel (Switzerland), Hebrew University (Jerusalem), and Columbia. She was awarded residential fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study, Stanford, the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, and the University of Cambridge.
MacKinnon is widely published in journals, the popular press, and many languages. Her scholarly books include Sexual Harassment of Working Women (1979), Feminism Unmodified (1987), Toward a Feminist Theory of the State (1989), Only Words (1993), Women's Lives, Men's Laws (2005), Are Women Human? (2006), and the casebook Sex Equality (2001/2007).
MacKinnon practices and consults nationally and internationally and works regularly with Equality Now, an NGO promoting international sex equality rights for women, and the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW). Serving as the first Special Gender Adviser to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (The Hague) from 2008 to 2012, she implemented her concept "gender crime."
The University of San Diego School of Law is a State Board of California-approved MCLE provider and certifies that this activity is approved for one hour of general credit.
Driving Directions and Parking Information
From the North (Los Angeles, La Jolla)
Use I-5 (South), exit at Sea World Drive and Tecolote RoadTurn Left on Tecolote Road.Right on Morena Blvd.Left on Napa Street to Linda Vista Road.Make a left at the 1st stoplight on Linda Vista Road onto Marian Way, USD's West Entrance.Stop at the entry kiosk to obtain a parking permit.Take first left after security booth and enter the West Parking Structure.Visitors may take the event tram to the venue, or walk up the hill.If you prefer to walk, the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice is a five-minute walk up the hill and is the first building on your right.
From the South (Downtown, Convention Center)
Use I-5 (North) to I-8 (East) and exit at the first exit, Morena Blvd.Follow Morena Blvd, and bear right onto Linda Vista Road.Make a left at the 1st stoplight on Linda Vista Road onto Marian Way, USD's West Entrance.Stop at the entry kiosk to obtain a parking permit.Take first left after security booth and enter the West Parking Structure.Visitors may take the event tram to the venue, or walk up the hill.If you prefer to walk, the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice is a five-minute walk up the hill and is the first building on your right.
From the East
Use I-8 (West), exit at Morena Blvd.Bear right onto Linda Vista Road.Make a left at the 2nd stoplight on Linda Vista Road onto Marian Way, USD's West Entrance.Stop at the entry kiosk to obtain a parking permit.Take first left after security booth and enter the West Parking Structure.Visitors may take the event tram to the venue, or walk up the hill.If you prefer to walk, the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice is a five-minute walk up the hill and is the first building on your right.
About the Nathaniel L. Nathanson Memorial Lecture Series
This lecture series was established in 1984 to honor Nathaniel L. Nathanson, an esteemed law professor who devoted his life to the law and legal education. The series brings distinguished speakers to the University of San Diego to discuss issues of national significance.
Nathanson, a graduate of Yale University, Yale Law School and Harvard Law School, served as law clerk to the Honorable Julian Mack of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, as well as to the Honorable Louis D. Brandeis of the Supreme Court of the United States. He taught law at Northwestern University School of Law from 1936 to 1977, where he was named professor emeritus. That same year, he was named a distinguished professor of law at the University of San Diego. He spent alternate semesters at the two law schools until his death in 1983. Also receiving the benefit of his wisdom were Stanford University, Rutgers University, the University of Washington, Arizona State University and the University of Tokyo.
Nathanson was best known for his work in the areas of administrative law, constitutional law, civil liberties, international law and human rights. In these and other areas, he authored or served as editor of seven books and published almost 100 major articles, reviews and papers. He continued to pursue these interests through service to government, the American Society of Legal Studies, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Constitutional Convention of Palau, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith.
The University of San Diego greatly benefited from the presence of this eminent professor and is pleased to present this lecture series in his memory.
About the Knapp Chair of Liberal Arts
The Knapp Chair of Liberal Arts was established in 1995 by a generous endowment from the estate of Mary and Churchill Knapp of La Jolla, California, long-time supporters of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Diego. The earnings support the expenses of a distinguished visiting scholar, who is appointed annually by the dean on a rotating basis from the divisional areas of the Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and Mathematics-Computer Sciences. Contributing to the vitality and centrality of liberal arts in the college, the holder of the Knapp Chair teaches and interacts with students, collaborates with faculty, and presents a public lecture.