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Political Scientist Will Give Phi Beta Kappa Lecture on Plato at Davidson

September 21, 2001
Contact: Bill Giduz 704/894-2244 or bigiduz@davidson.edu

Arlene Saxonhouse
Arlene Saxonhouse

Arlene Saxsonhouse, professor of political science and women's studies at the University of Michigan, will deliver the Phi Beta Kappa Lecture, entitled "the Politics of Reading Plato," at Davidson College on Thursday, September 27. The free, public talk will begin at 7 p.m. in the C. Shaw Smith 900 Room of the Alvarez College Union.

Saxsonhouse received her Ph.D. in political science from Yale University, and focuses her research on political theory, gender and politics, and feminist theory. Her current work investigates how ancient political theory contributes to democratic theory and how gender in Plato's dialogues casts questions on traditional readings of his political thought.

She has served as vice-president of the American Political Science Association and president of the Midwest Political Science Association.

Twice a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Science, Saxonhouse is was a recipient of Michigan's Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award. She is the author of Athenian Democracy: Modern Mythmakers and Ancient Theorists, Fear of Diversity: The Birth of Political Science in Ancient Greek Thought, and Women in the History of Political Thought: Ancient Greece to Machiavelli. She

For more information on her visit to Davidson, call 704-894-2285.

Davidson is a highly selective independent liberal arts college for 1,600 students. Since its establishment in 1837, the college has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars and is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country by U.S. News and World Report magazine. Davidson is currently engaged in "Let Learning Be Cherished," a $250 million campaign in support of student financial assistance, academic resources, and community life.

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