SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University’s popular “What Can We Learn?” lecture series, which focuses on valuable lessons from great thinkers of the past, continues this fall with the discussion, “What Can We Learn from Feminism?” The free public event starts at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24 in the Jepson Center’s Wolff Auditorium.
Gonzaga faculty member Jane Rinehart, professor of sociology, and Ellen Maccarone, associate professor of philosophy, will provide insights into feminism. Rinehart will focus on the work of American feminist Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Maccarone will discuss the work of Martha C. Nussbaum, especially in regards to humanity and justice.
The lecture series is co-sponsored by Gonzaga’s College of Arts and Sciences and philosophy Professor Wayne Pomerleau as the Robert K. and Ann J. Powers Chair of the Humanities.
Rinehart, who started teaching at Gonzaga in 1974, earned a bachelor’s degree from Marymount Manhattan College, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from New York University. Maccarone, who started teaching at Gonzaga in 2005, earned a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University, a master’s from Colorado State University, and Ph.D. from University of Florida.
In addition to teaching within their respective disciplines, both Rinehart and Maccarone teach for the Gonzaga women’s and gender studies department.
This marks the 10th consecutive year of this lecture series, which has focused on historical figures including: Socrates, Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Charles Darwin, St. Thomas Aquinas, Jane Austen, Abraham Lincoln, William James, William Shakespeare, Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus, Confucius and Lao Tzu, John Muir and Aldo Leopold, Herodotus and Thucydides, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and St. Ignatius of Loyola. The most recent event in this series, presented March 23, 2013, was titled, “What Can We Learn from Nietzsche?”
For more information, please contact Professor Wayne Pomerleau at (509) 313-6750 or via email.