Event: 2017 Nichols Foundation Prominent Speaker Lecture featuring Professor Catherine A. MacKinnon
Event Date: October 19, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Students, faculty and staff:

You are invited to attend the 2017 Nichols Foundation Prominent Speaker Lecture featuring author and gender equality pioneer Professor Catharine A. MacKinnon in the Great Hall at 12 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19.

A book-signing will directly follow the presentation “Butterfly Politics: A Theory of Social Change through Legal Practice.”

MacKinnon, the Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law at the University of Michigan and long-term James Barr Ames Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, is among the most widely-cited legal scholars in the English language and the most widely-cited woman.

In 2000, she won with co-counsel a damage award of $745 million representing Bosnian women survivors of Serbian genocidal sexual atrocities, the first legal recognition of rape as an act of genocide. As the first Special Gender Adviser to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court at The Hague, she helped implement her concept of “gender crime.” In 2014, Professor MacKinnon was awarded the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award by the Women’s Section of the American Association of Law Schools.

Butterfly Politics book coverProfessor MacKinnon pioneered the legal claim for sexual harassment, worked with Andrea Dworkin to create ordinances recognizing pornography as a civil rights violation, and proposed the Swedish model for abolishing prostitution. Her approaches to equality, pornography, and hate speech are widely followed by both domestic and international high courts.

Widely published in both the popular and scholarly press, Professor MacKinnon is the author of 13 scholarly books. Her latest book, Butterfly Politics, published in April 2017, proposes a theory of social change through law.

The Nichols Foundation Prominent Speakers Series was established at Stetson in 1995. The series namesake is Perry Nichols, among the nation’s most successful trial lawyers and past president of both the American Trial Lawyers Association and the International Trial Lawyers Association.


Location: Great Hall
Gulfport Campus
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