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Ethics talk on human rights and globalization

Oct. 27, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Human rights and the rise of globalization will intersect during a talk on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at Western Michigan University as part of the Center for the Study for Ethics in Society's fall lecture series.

Dr. Carol C. Gould, professor of political science and director of the Center for Global Ethics and Politics at the Ralph Bunche Institute, The City University of New York, will speak at 7:30 p.m. in Room 2028 of Brown Hall. Her presentation, titled "Diversity, Democracy and Dialogue in a Human Rights Framework," is free and open to the public.

In her lecture, Gould will focus on the growing awareness of the power and scope of globalization in its various dimensions as well as the growing importance of institutions of global governance. The development of a global, public sphere of discourse and deliberation have raised hopes that disparate groups can provide input into the decisions and policies of global governance. Gould will look at the possibilities, but says transnational deliberation must be framed by human rights agreements to protect the interests of all.

In addition to her duties as a center director and professor of political science, Gould also is a professor of philosophy at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of The City University of New York. She is editor of the Journal of Social Philosophy and executive director of the Society for Philosophy and Public Affairs.

Gould also is the author of "Marx's Social Ontology," "Rethinking Democracy" and "Globalizing Democracy and Human Rights," which won the David Easton Award from the Foundations of Political Theory Section of the American Political Science Association. She has also edited seven books and has published numerous articles in social and political philosophy, philosophy of law, feminist theory and applied ethics.

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Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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