Thursday, March 5, 2009

Stanford Professor Joshua Cohen to Give Elliot Lecture March 30


Stanford University professor Joshua Cohen will deliver the 2008-2009 Ralph Gregory Elliot Lecture on Monday, March 30, 2009, at Yale Law School. His topic will be “Religious Establishment, Civic Exclusion, and Democracy’s Public Reason.” The lecture will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge and is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the Alumni Reading Room.

Joshua Cohen is the Martha Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society at Stanford, where he teaches political science, philosophy, and law. He also directs Stanford’s Program on Global Justice and co-directs the Program on Liberation Technologies. A political philosopher, Cohen has written extensively on issues of democratic theory and global justice.

He is editor of Boston Review, a bi-monthly magazine of political, cultural, and literary ideas, and has edited more than 25 books. His volume of selected papers, Philosophy, Politics, Democracy, will appear this fall from Harvard University Press, and Rousseau: A Free Community of Equals will appear in 2010 from Oxford University Press.

He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in philosophy from Yale University and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard University.

The Ralph Gregory Elliot First Amendment Lectureship, funded by a gift from Ralph Gregory Elliot ’61, provides for lectures, preferably on an annual basis, on some aspect of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.