Butterfly Politics

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Catharine MacKinnon: Butterfly Politics

Thursday, April 25th, 12-1:30 pm

The minuscule motion of a butterfly's wings can trigger a tornado half a world away, according to chaos theory. Under the right conditions, small simple actions can produce large complex effects. In this timely and provocative book, Catharine A. MacKinnon argues that the right seemingly minor interventions in the legal realm can have a butterfly effect that generates major social and cultural transformations.

 The pieces collected here--many published for the first time--provide a new perspective on MacKinnon's career as a pioneer of legal theory and practice and an activist for women's rights. Professor MacKinnon will address the politics and law of sexual harassment, focusing on its violation of equality rights, considering the #MeToo movement, and exploring those developments in light of the theory elaborated in her book at the night's event.

Catharine MacKinnon is the Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School. As an expert on international law, constitutional law, political and legal theory, and jurisprudence, MacKinnon focuses on women’s rights and sexual abuse and exploitation, including sexual harassment, rape, prostitution, sex trafficking and pornography.

Sponsored by Gender & Sexuality Studies, the Jack Miller Center, the Kreeger Wolf Endowment, and Legal Studies.


Event date: 
Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Event address: 
1712 Sherman Avenue, Alley #1
Evanston, IL 60201
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ISBN: 9780674416604
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Published: Belknap Press - April 17th, 2017