Civility, Legality, and the Limits of Justice Speakers

Speaker List

Bryan Garsten, Yale, is Professor of Political Science. He is the author of Saving Persuasion: A Defense of Rhetoric and Judgment (Harvard University Press, 2006) as well as articles and essays on questions about political rhetoric, deliberation, trust and anger, practical judgment, representative government, and liberal understandings of religion.
Garsten is now finishing a book called The Heart of a Heartless World that examines the ethical, political and religious core of early nineteenth century liberalism in the United States and France. He has also just edited Rousseau, the Enlightenment, and Their Legacies, a collection of essays by the Rousseau scholar Robert Wokler (Princeton University Press, 2012). His writings have won various awards, including the First Book Prize of the Foundations of Political Theory section of the American Political Science Association. His work in the classroom earned him the 2008 Poorvu Family Prize for Interdisciplinary Teaching.

In the recent past Garsten has served as Director of Undergraduate Studies for Yale’s major in Ethics, Politics and Economics and the Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Political Science. He is also active in the humanities, serving as a member of the Executive Committee for Yale’s Humanities Program and a Fellow at the Whitney Humanities Center. He is currently the co-president of the International Conference on the Study of Political Thought and a Fellow of the National Forum on the Future of Liberal Education.

His co-author will be Teresa M. Bejan of Columbia University.

Leti Volpp, University of California, Berkeley, is the Robert D. and Leslie-Kay Raven Professor of Law. After graduating from Columbia Law School in 1993, Leti Volpp clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Thelton E. Henderson ’62 of the Northern District of California, and then worked as a public interest lawyer for several years. Volpp served as a Skadden Fellow at Equal Rights Advocates and the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, both in San Francisco; as a trial attorney in the Voting Section of the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division in Washington, D.C.; and as a staff attorney at the National Employment Law Project in New York City.

She began teaching at the American University, Washington College of Law in 1998 and visited at UCLA School of Law in 2004-05. She joined the Boalt faculty in 2005.

Volpp’s numerous honors include two Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowships, a MacArthur Foundation Individual Research and Writing Grant, and the Association of American Law Schools Minority Section Derrick A. Bell, Jr., Award. She has delivered many public lectures, including the James A. Thomas Lecture at Yale Law School, the Korematsu Lecture at New York University Law School, and the Barbara Aronstein Black Lecture at Columbia Law School.

Volpp is a well-known scholar in law and the humanities. She writes about citizenship, migration, culture and identity. Her most recent publications include “Imaginings of Space in Immigration Law,” in Law, Culture and the Humanities (2012), the edited symposium issue “Denaturalizing Citizenship: A Symposium on Linda Bosniak’s The Citizen and the Alien and Ayelet Shachar’s The Birthright Lottery,” in Issues in Legal Scholarship (2011), and “Framing Cultural Difference: Immigrant Women and Discourses of Tradition,” in differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies (2011). She is the editor of Legal Borderlands: Law and the Construction of American Borders (with Mary Dudziak) (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006). She is also the author of “The Culture of Citizenship” in Theoretical Inquiries in Law (2007), “The Citizen and the Terrorist” in UCLA Law Review (2002), “Feminism versus Multiculturalism” in the Columbia Law Review (2001), and many other articles.

Linda Marie-Gelsomina Zerilli, University of Chicago, is the Charles E. Merriam Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science and the College. She is currently Faculty Director of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality. Zerilli is the author of Signifying Woman: Culture and Chaos in Rousseau, Burke, and Mill (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1994), Feminism and the Abyss of Freedom (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005), and articles on subjects ranging across feminist thought, the politics of language, aesthetics, and Continental philosophy. Her current book project is titled Toward a Democratic Theory of Judgment. She has been a Fulbright Fellow, a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, a Stanford Humanities Center Fellow, and has most recently won a Mellon Sawyer Seminar grant. Professor Zerilli has served on the executive committee of Political Theory and is currently serving on the editorial boards of Philosophy and RhetoricConstellations, and Culture, Theory, and Critique.

Teresa M. Bejan is a Mellon Research Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities and a Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University.  She received her Ph.D. with distinction from Yale University in 2013 and holds previous degrees from the Universities of Chicago and Cambridge. Her research brings perspectives from early modern English and American political thought to bear on questions in contemporary political theory and practice, particularly concerning toleration, education, and civility.  She has published articles in History of European Ideas and the Oxford Review of Education, and her essay on Hobbes’s educational thought was recently reprinted in Ideas of Education: Political and Philosophical Perspectives from Plato to the Nineteenth Century (Routledge, 2013).  Her current book project, Mere Civility: Tolerating Disagreement in Early Modern England and America, examines contemporary calls for civility in light of similar appeals in seventeenth-century debates about religious toleration.  Dr. Bejan will begin a tenure-track appointment as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto Mississauga in 2014.