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Gender Politics, the Kavanaugh Hearings, and the Futures of the Court

Following last month’s heated hearings around the confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the Fisher Center for the Study of Gender and Justice will host a special open forum for students, faculty and staff on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Beginning at 4:45 p.m. in the Fisher Center, Demarest Hall Room 212, the forum will consider the implications of the hearings, the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, the appointment of Kavanaugh and the political future of the nation’s highest court. Moderated by HWS faculty experts in political science, history, philosophy and women’s studies, the forum’s topics may include civil rights, reproductive freedom, corruption and presidential power.

Throughout the 2018-19 academic year, the Fisher Center will celebrate its 20th anniversary, hosting artists, scholars, authors and activists to examine contemporary concerns surrounding mobility, movements and migration as part of this year’s theme, “On the Move.”

Endowed with a $1 million gift from Emily and the late Richard Fisher, whose son Alexander graduated from Hobart College in 1993, the Fisher Center was inaugurated in October 1998 with an event titled “Engendering the Future: Educating Women, Educating Men, Educating Women and Men,” featuring noted experts Carol Gilligan, renowned feminist, psychologist and professor; and Michael Kimmel, author and editor of many influential books on the topic of masculinity.

Since then, the Fisher Center has hosted nearly a dozen events each year, bringing together faculty, students and experts in gender-related fields in the arts, humanities, and social and natural sciences to foster mutual understanding and social justice in contemporary society. Reflecting the intersection of the Colleges’ coordinate history and trends in the study of gender throughout academe, the Fisher Center builds upon the Colleges’ long-held commitment to interdisciplinary liberal arts education.