Susan Brison

An expert on sexual violence, Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Dartmouth College Dr. Susan Brison joined the Colleges' ongoing dialogue about enhancing a culture of respect when she visited HWS as a guest of the President's Forum Series on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014.

Through her scholarly articles and lectures, Brison has brought greater philosophical attention to the topics of rape, domestic violence, hate speech and pornography. A prominent voice in the anti-rape movement for nearly 25 years, she has raised public awareness of gender-based violence through international talks, radio and television interviews, and articles in The Guardian, The San Francisco Chronicle, and other newspapers, magazines, and blogs. She is the author of "Aftermath: Violence and the Remaking of a Self," called a "wise and extremely moving reflection" by The Nation, which shares Brison's personal narrative of recovery and philosophical exploration of trauma. At Dartmouth, Brison also teaches in the Women's and Gender Studies Program.

The President's Forum Series event featuring Brison is part of a broader, campus-wide dialogue about respect and fostering positive change at the Colleges. At Convocation in September, Gearan introduced the Culture of Respect initiative and recently announced the accompanying steering committee co-chaired by Professor Emeritus of Economics Pat McGuire L.H.D.'12 and Mara O'Laughlin '66, L.H.D.'13. The steering committee is focusing on ideas in five key areas: safety and wellness, campus facilities, history and heritage, dialogue across differences and the curriculum.

A member of the Dartmouth faculty since 1985, Brison has held visiting positions at Tufts University, New York University, and Princeton University. She has been a Mellon Fellow at New York University and is a National Endowment for the Humanities-funded member of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J.

Brison is the co-editor of Contemporary Perspectives on Constitutional Interpretation (Westview, 1993), and has published articles in The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Al Jazeera America, The Huffington Post, and other newspapers, magazines and blogs. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in philosophy from the University of Toronto and a B.A. in philosophy from the University of California at Santa Cruz.


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