Thursday, September 26, 2019
Michele Moody-Adams, professor of political philosophy and legal theory at Columbia University, shows that imagination is a crucial engine of constructive social change. To effectively address such challenges as persistent economic inequality, gender and racial injustice, and climate change, she argues that we must draw on the power of imagination to help us see, understand and respond to the world in unfamiliar ways.
Michele Moody-Adams is Joseph Straus Professor of Political Philosophy and Legal Theory at Columbia University, where she has also served as dean of Columbia College and vice president for undergraduate education. She holds degrees from Wellesley College, the University of Oxford (where she was a Marshall Scholar), and Harvard University, where she earned her Ph.D. under the direction of John Rawls. She has been a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow and she is a lifetime Honorary Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford. She is the author of Fieldwork in Familiar Places: Morality, Culture and Philosophy and is currently at work on a book entitled Renewing Democracy. She has also published numerous articles on moral psychology, justice, gender and race, academic freedom, and democratic disagreement.
Professor Moody-Adams' Athenaeum presentation is one of two keynote addresses for the Imagination and Social Change Conference organized and sponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies.