British Academy Master-Mind Lecture on Simone de Beauvoir

On March 20th I will give the “Master-Mind” lecture at the British Academy, on Simone de Beauvoir. This is only the second time since the “Master-Mind” lectures began in 1914 that the selected “Master-Mind” is a woman. How fitting that the one woman found worthy of inclusion in the series was a writer Beauvoir admired enormously in her youth, namely George Eliot. For more information about the event, click here.

2013 Malcolm Bowie Memorial Lecture in London

On Friday March 8 (International Women’s Day!) I will give the 2013 Malcolm Bowie Memorial Lecture, organized by the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies and Queen Mary, both at the University of London.

The title is “Simone de Beauvoir and the Metaphysical Novel: Literature, Philosophy, and the Question of the Other in L’Invitée (She Came to Stay)” The venue is Macmillan Hall, University of London, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. Since there will be a reception, the organizers are asking for an RSVP by Friday 1 March, bty email to, or by telephone 020 7862 8738.

When I was young and unemployed, Malcolm Bowie supported my work. It is an honor to have the opportunity to give a lecture in his memory.

Ole Miss

On Thursday September 27, I will give the Christopher Longest Lecture in the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. The title of my lecture will be  “What Is Otherness? Who is My Other? What Simone de Beauvoir Can Teach Us about the Concept of the Other.”

Here’s a link to the Ole Miss News interview with me.

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