Date: 26th September 2019
Location: Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium
Time: 5:30pm to 7:00pm
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We usually think that justice is about what the government or the state must do. The government should not discriminate on the basis of race. The government should help those who are economically disadvantaged. This much we know and agree on. This lecture enlarges the boundary of justice beyond the state. It argues that justice is also about what individuals should do. In particular, this lecture discusses two kinds of private injustice: private racism and private economic injustice. Private racism occurs when individuals not affiliated with the government or the state discriminate on the basis of race. Private economic injustice occurs when such individuals make decisions that do not help the economically disadvantaged. If we are to aspire to a more just society, it is critical that we enlarge the boundary of justice beyond what government does or does not do, by addressing the racism and economic injustice that happen in our private, not just public lives.
Sonu Bedi is the Joel Parker 1811 Professor in Law and Political Science, associate professor of Government and the Hans '80 and Kate Morris Director of the Ethics Institute at Dartmouth College where he has been teaching since January 2007. He is the author of three books, including Rejecting Rights (Cambridge, 2009) and Beyond Sex, Race, and Sexual Orientation (Cambridge, 2013), and over a dozen peer-reviewed articles and law reviews. His research is in the areas of contemporary political theory and law. He was awarded the Jerome Goldstein Award for Distinguished Teaching (twice), chosen by a vote of the class of 2014 and the class of 2017 of Dartmouth College. His lecture will draw from his forthcoming book titled Private Racism.
Elvin Lim is Dean of the Core Curriculum, Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Wee Kim Wee Centre at SMU. He held faculty positions previously at the National University of Singapore, and Wesleyan University in the United States. He is the author of The Lovers’ Quarrel: The Two Foundings and American Political Development (Oxford, 2014) and The Anti-intellectual Presidency (Oxford, 2008) and his research has been cited in Bloomberg, The Boston Globe, Forbes, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and other venues.