Elaine Scarry, Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value at Harvard University, speaks on the U.S. Constitution in relation to war and the social contract. This is the third lecture of a four-part series.
This four-part lecture series curated by Sam Haselby, Visiting Professor, and co-sponsored by the Leonard and Louise Riggio Writing and Democracy Program, the New School Writing Program, and Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts aims to deepen public understanding and raise critical awareness of this charter document of the United States by bringing three of the country's leading scholars of law, history, and literature and one of America's outstanding human rights activists to address the topic of the Constitution in Crisis.
Sam Haselby is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the New York Historical Society and an Assistant Professor at Eugene Lang College's Department of History.
Elaine Scarry is a professor of English and American Literature and Language, and the Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value at Harvard University. Her interests include Theory of Representation, the Language of Physical Pain and Structure of Verbal and Material Making in Art, Science and the Law.
Professor Scarry's writings include The Body in Pain; Dreaming by the Book; On Beauty; and Being Just and articles on war and social contract. In addition to teaching English, she has lectured in law and medicine, and gave the Tanner Lectures on Human Values at Yale University. A Guggenheim Fellow, she has been a Fellow at the Getty Research Institute and at the Institute of Advanced Study in Berlin and in Palo Alto.