Philosopher Judith Butler to speak at Commencement
Philosopher and gender politics expert Judith Butler will address the Class of 2008 at Grinnell College's Exercises of Commencement in the 162nd year of Grinnell College, on Mon., May 19, at 10 a.m. on Central Campus. Butler, who is Maxine Elliott Professor of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley, is a prolific writer and author of 10 books and essay collections, including Undoing Gender and Giving an Account of Oneself. Currently at work on essays pertaining to Jewish philosophy, Butler continues to write on feminism, gender and sexual politics, and cultural and literary theory. In 2004, she published a collection of writings on war's impact on language and thought titled Precarious Life: Powers of Violence and Mourning. She was recently selected to membership in the prestigious American Philosophical Society. Grinnell College annually confers B.A. degrees on more than 300 students. If inclement weather, the May 19 commencement ceremony will be held in Darby Gymnasium.