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Clason Speaker Series to Explore Gender and the Military

Posted Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Western New England University School of Law’s Clason Speaker Series will feature a talk Mary Anne Case on Tuesday, March 6 at noon in the Blake Law Center Commons. The talk, titled “’You're telling me it's wrong to do to the prisoners what the Army does to its own soldiers?’ Gender Performance Requirements of the U.S. Military in the War on Islamic Terrorism,” is free and open to the public.

In her lecture, Case will explore the effects on sex equality and military effectiveness through feminization as a means of degradation, whether in interrogation of male Islamic prisoners or in basic training of U.S. military personnel. She will look at how these practices may do gender-based harm, not only to the male victims, but also to the military women involved.

Case serves as the Arnold I. Shure Professor of Law at the University of Chicago School of Law, where she teaches feminist jurisprudence, constitutional law, marriage, regulation of sexuality, and European Legal Systems. Prior to joining the faculty in Chicago, Case litigated for Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison in New York. She is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School.

Now in its 23rd year, the Clason Speaker Series hosts expert lecturers to enhance the academic environment at the Western New England University School of Law. The series is named after Charles R. Clason, a prominent attorney and member of the U.S. House of Representatives who served as Dean of the School of Law from 1954 to 1970. Case’s appearance is cosponsored by the School of Law’s Center for Gender and Sexuality Studies. For more information, call 413-796-2279.

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