Sociologist Lisa Jean Moore to present annual Baskin Ethics Lecture, Oct. 19

Lisa Jean Moore

Lisa Jean Moore, professor of sociology and gender studies at Purchase College, State University of New York, will deliver the second annual Peggy Downes Baskin Ethics Lecture on Wednesday, October 19.

The lecture will take place at 5:30 p.m. in UCSC’s Humanities 1 Building (room 210). Admission is free and open to the public. A reception will follow at 6:30 p.m.

Moore will speak on the topic: “Among the Missing: Operations in Recovering Bodies,” based on her recent book Missing Bodies: The Politics of Visibility (Biopolitics: Medicine, Technoscience, and Health in the 21st Century).

We know more about the physical body—how it begins, how it responds to illness, even how it decomposes—than ever before. Yet not all bodies are created equal, some bodies clearly count more than others, and some bodies are not recognized at all.

By examining the cultural politics at work in disappearances and inclusions of the physical body, Moore shows how the social, medical and economic consequences of visibility can reward or undermine privilege in society.

Moore is also the co-author of Gendered Bodies: Feminist Perspectives, The Body Reader: Essential Social and Cultural Readings, and Gender and the Social Construction of Illness.

For more information, call (831) 459-5655 or email