Joy Gordon to Address Gender Issues in Jesuit Higher Education

Written by Laura Paskin
August 17, 2016

Professor Joy Gordon, JD, PhD, presents “Jesuit Higher Education and the Challenge of Gender,” on October 6, 2016. Gordon is the Ignacio Ellacuría, S.J. Professor of Social Ethics at Loyola University, Chicago.

“Dr. Gordon kicks off a year-long focus on women leaders,” said Professor Jeanette Rodriguez, Louis Gaffney S.J. Endowed Chair in the College of Arts and Sciences. As Gaffney Chair, Rodriguez has planned a series of conversations, retreats, and events under the theme “Women’s Leadership and Partnership in Jesuit Institutions of Higher Education.”

Gordon’s lecture, which is free and open to the public, takes place at 7 p.m. in Pigott Auditorium on October 6, 2016.

Gordon received her PhD in Philosophy from Yale University and her JD from Boston University. She specializes her teaching and research on social and political philosophy, human rights, international law and global governance, and ethical issues in international relations.  A prolific scholar, she has published extensively on legal and ethical aspects of economic sanctions. Gordon is on the editorial board of Ethics and International Affairs and is currently writing on legal and ethical issues concerning the United Nations Security Council.

The Reverend Louis Gaffney, S.J. Chair in the College of Arts and Sciences, which is made possible by the Jesuit community at Seattle University, promotes issues germane to the Jesuit mission and identity of the faith that does justice and supports the Jesuit ideal of teaching. Professor Jeanette Rodriguez, who teaches in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences and in the School of Theology and Ministry, was appointed Gaffney Chair, a two-year appointment, by Seattle University President Stephen Sundborg, S.J.

Rodriguez is the founding director of the university’s Center for the Study of Justice in Society that promotes interdisciplinary and collaborative scholarship on justice issues. An internationally recognized scholar on Latin American theology and religion, gender, and cultural diversity, she has held a number of key leadership positions, including president of the Academy of Hispanic Catholic Theologians, national council member for the Catholic peace movement Pax Christi and executive committee member of the European Network of Genocide Scholars. In recognition of her teaching and scholarship Rodriguez was the 2013 recipient of the university’s McGoldrick Fellowship, the most prestigious award conferred by the university upon a member of the faculty.