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Simson Discusses Title IX and Gender

Professor Rosalind Simson will give a talk titled, “The Title IX Athletic Regulations and the Ideal of a Gender-free Society,” at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12, in Coxe 8.  A noted expert on the intersection of philosophy with gender issues and law, Simson is currently working on a Title IX project at Mercer University.

“In my project I examine the athletic arena, and in particular, the Title IX regulations for school sports, in order to think seriously about the implications of biological sex differences for the question of whether the creation of a gender-free society is a worthy ideal,” explains Simson.

Simson’s work focuses on connections between philosophy and law, policy and gender issues, making her upcoming talk at Hobart and William Smith of interest to those studying women’s studies, athletics and public policy, gender, education and the law.

“One of the interesting things Professor Simson does is to investigate what the concept of gender equality means, and how that plays out in educational settings, sports, and the public policy arena,” says Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department Scott Brophy.

Simson’s other areas of expertise are contemporary epistemology and aesthetics. At Mercer University, she currently holds a joint appointment in philosophy and interdisciplinary studies and is an adjunct professor of law. Simson started her teaching career at Southwest Texas State University before moving to Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where she worked for more than 15 years, first as an assistant professor and then as an associate professor of philosophy. While at the Colleges, Simson taught philosophy and women’s studies.  In 2006, she began teaching at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where she worked for four years teaching philosophy and a law school course on gender and the law..

Simson graduated summa cum laude with honors, earning her B.A. in philosophy from Yale in 1973. Elected as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Simson went on to earn her Ph.D in philosophy at Yale in 1979. During her graduate years, Simson was the recipient of the Harry W. Foote Fellowship in Philosophy and the Arts.

This talk is sponsored by the HWS Philosophy Department.