Upcoming and Past Events at The Center for Global Ethics and Politics

*all events open to the public and held at The Graduate Center, CUNY (365 Fifth Avenue at 34th St.)*  |  for video of past events please see here)

Fall 2018

Spring 2019

  • Luis Cabrera, Griffith University (Australia), “The Humble Cosmopolitan,” Monday, March 25 @ 6:30, room C205.
  • Raffaele Marchetti, LUISS University (Rome), “Global Democracy in Undemocratic Times,” Monday, April 1 @ 6:30, room C205.

Spring 2018

  • Linda Bosniak, Rutgers University, “‘Here To Stay’ and The Contested Ethics of Presence” Monday, February 5 @ 6:30 pm, room 9204-05. 
  • Daniele Archibugi, Birkbeck University of London, “Do we Need a Global Criminal Justice?”, Monday April 9 @ 6.30 pm, room 9204. 
  • Seyla Benhabib, Yale University, “Isaiah Berlin. A Judaism between Decisionism and Pluralism,” Monday, April 23 @ 6.30 pm, room 9204.

Fall 2017

  • Chaim Gans, University of Tel Aviv, “Jews, Palestinians & Israel: Three Moralities, Three Historiographies, and Three Roadmaps,” Tuesday, September 12  @ 6:30 pm, room 9207.
  • Michael Howard, The University of Maine, “Basic Income, Climate Change, and Degrowth,” Tuesday, October 10 @6.30, room 5409.
  • Joseph Carens, University of Toronto, “Economic Duties and Economic Justice: Why Philosophers Need to Think About How Things Work in the World,” Thursday, November 9th @ 4.30, room 5200

Spring 2017

Fall 2016

  • Alan Patten, Princeton University,  “Self-Determination for National Minorities,” Tuesday, September 20, @ 4:30pm, Room 9204
  • Michael Walzer, Institute for Advanced Study,“Global Government and the Politics of Pretending,” Tuesday, October 18 @ 4:30pm, Room 9204-05.
    • Co-sponsored by the Ralph Bunche Forum
  • David Ciepley, University of Denver and the University of Notre Dame, “Member Corporations, Property Corporations, and Constitutional Rights,” Thursday, November 3 @ 4:30, Room 5200
    • Co-sponsored by the Political Theory Workshop

Spring 2016

  • Melissa Schwartzberg, New York University, “Civil Juries and Democratic Legitimacy,” Thursday, February 25 @ 4:30pm, Room 5409 (Abstract)
  • Jamie Mayerfeld, University of Washington, “Why Constitutional Government Requires International Human Rights Law”; Thursday, March 17 @ 4:30pm, Room C197 (Abstract)
  • Jennifer C. Rubenstein, University of Virginia, “Between Samaritans and States: The Political Ethics of Humanitarian INGOs”; Thursday, April 14 @ 4:30 pm, Room 9205 (Abstract)

Fall 2015

  • Axel Honneth, Columbia University and University of Frankfurt, “Three, not Two, Concepts of Liberty: A Proposal to Enlarge our Moral Self-Understanding”; Thursday, September 17, 2015 @ 5pm, Room 5409
  • Mathias Risse, Harvard University, “An Ongoing Challenge: Global Political Philosophy and Carl Schmitt’s Friend-Enemy Distinction”; Thursday October 15 @ 4:45pm, Room 9205 (Abstract)
  • Charles W. Mills, Northwestern University, “Race and Global Justice”; Thursday, November 5 @ 4:30pm, Room C203


Past Events



  • Pablo Gilabert, Concordia University, “Human Rights, Human Dignity, and Power,” August 28, 2013
  • Fiona Robinson, Carleton University, “Rethinking Human Security through the Lens of Care”; October 29, 2013
  • Eric Cavallero, Southern Connecticut State University, “Secession and Territorial Right”; November 19, 2013
  • Panel on Participatory Democracy, December 5, 2013
    • Kyle Pows Whyte (Michigan State): “Climate Justice, Indigenous Peoples, and Participatory Democracy”
    • Michael Menser (Brooklyn College): “Agency, Inequality, and Participation: NYC after Hurricane Sandy”
    • Ken Estey (Brooklyn College): “Solidarity and Equality in the Democratic Workplace: The Case of BeyondCare”
  • Thomas Weiss, The Graduate Center, “Humanitarian Business”; Thursday, February 20, 2014 (co-sponsored with the Ralph Bunche Forum)
  • Daniel Weinstock, McGill University, “The Moral Limits of Compromise”; Monday, March 10, 2014
  • Amy Allen, Dartmouth College, “Adorno, Foucault, and the End of Progress: De-Colonizing Critical Theory”; Thursday, March 20, 2014 (co-sponsored with the Social and Political Theory Student Association)
  • Ian Shapiro, Yale University, “Democracy Against Republicanism”; April 10, 2014 (co-sponsored with the Social and Political Theory Student Association)


We are pleased to announce our partnership with the 2012-2013 Mellon Sawyer Seminar Series, “Democratic Citizenship and the Recognition of Cultural Differences,” in co-sponsoring the following events.

  • Azizah al-Hibri, University of Richmond
    Mucahit Bilici, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (Discussant)
    “Developing Islamic Jurisprudence in the Diaspora: Balancing Authenticity, Diversity and Modernity”
    September 13, 2012
  • Rainer Forst, University of Frankfurt
    Adam Etinson, The Graduate Center, CUNY (Discussant)
    “Toleration and Democracy”
    November 8, 2012
  • Abdullahi an-Na’im, Emory University School of Law
    Andrew March, Yale University (Discussant)
    “Beyond Minority Politics: American Muslims and Citizenship”
    November 15, 2012
  • Seyla Benhabib, Yale University
    “Transnational Legal Spheres and the Construction(s) of ‘Cultural’ Difference”
    Ayelet Shachar, University of Toronto Faculty of Law
    “Entangled: Gender, Religion, and Human Rights”
    November 29, 2012
  • Philippe Schmitter, European University Institute
    Michael Menser, Brooklyn College (Discussant)
    “The Future of ‘Real-Existing’ Democracy”
    December 6, 2012
  • Carol Gilligan, New York University School of Law
    Virginia Held, The Graduate Center, CUNY (Discussant)
    Reframing the Conversation around Difference: The Contribution of Care Ethics
    February 28, 2013
  • Akeel Bilgrami, Columbia University
    Uday Mehta, The Graduate Center, CUNY (Discussant)
    March 14, 2013
  • Raphael Gross, Leo Baeck Institute, London
    April 4, 2013
  • Will Kymlicka, Queen’s University
    Animal Rights, Multiculturalism, and the Left
    April 25, 2013


  • Maeve Cooke, University College Dublin, “Violating Neutrality? Religious Validity Claims and Democratic Legitimacy”; October 25, 2011
  • Christian Barry, Australian National University, “Benefiting from the Wrong-doing of Others: The Case of International Trade”; November 15, 2011
  • Thomas Pogge, Yale University, “Gender and the Measurement of Poverty”; February 2, 2012
  • Rosalind Petchesky, Hunter College and The Graduate Center, CUNY, “Biopolitics at the Crossroads of Sexuality and Disaster”; March 13, 2012


  • Joan Tronto, University of Minnesota, “Relational Responsibilities, Partiality, and an Ethics of Care: Thinking about Democratic Global Ethics”; November 4, 2010
  • Michael Goodhart, University of Pittsburgh, “Taking Responsibility for Human Rights”; December 9, 2010
  • Seyla Benhabib, Yale University, “The Emergence of New Sites of Justice and Rights: Changing Configurations”; February 10, 2011
  • Hauke Brunkhorst, University of Flensburg, “Revolution and Evolution of Cosmopolitan Constitutionalism”; March 1, 2011
  • Mini-Conference on Global Justice and Democracy; April 5, 2011
  • Thomas Weiss and Martin Burke, The Graduate Center, CUNY, “Legitimacy, Identity, and the Climate Change Crisis: Moving from International to World Society?”; April 12, 2011
  • Pablo Gilabert, Concordia University, “Humanist and Political Perspectives on Human Rights”; April 27, 2011


  • Joseph Raz, Columbia University, “Human Rights in the New World Order”; November 11, 2010
  • Mark Haugaard, University of Galway, “Is the Concept of ‘False Consciousness’ Inherently Ethnocentric?”; February 24, 2010
  • Robert Goodin, Australian National University, “Global Democracy: In the Beginning”; March 4, 2010
  • Julie Mostov, Drexel University, “Challenging the Sacred Space of the Nation (State): Soft Borders”; April 8, 2010