Event Start Date: 07 June 2022

SOMERVILLE LONDON GROUP

Tuesday7 June 2022 at the Oxford & Cambridge Club

6.30-8.30pm

Benjamin Lipscomb : The Women Are Up To Something

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The Somerville London Group is delighted to host author Benjamin Lipscomb at the Oxford and Cambridge Club on 7 June to talk and answer questions on his book The Women Are Up To Something. The book tells the story of four remarkable women, lifelong friends, who shaped the intellectual history of the 20th century and triumphed over the limitations set on women.  In doing so they contributed hugely to Somerville’s preeminent academic reputation.

Benjamin J. B. Lipscomb is Professor of Philosophy and Director of Honours Programs at Houghton College, New York. His scholarship is focussed on the intersection of ethics and the history of ideas, as reflected in the book he has just written about four distinguished Somervillian philosophers, drawing on materials held in the Somerville archives. Lipscomb grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota and did his undergraduate work at Calvin College. He came to Houghton in 2002 after completing his doctoral studies at the University of Notre Dame. He lives with his wife and colleague, Susan (who teaches and writes about Victorian literature), as well as their three children, two cats, and six chickens in the rural hamlet of Fillmore, New York. In his talk, Lipscomb will describe both the context in which Elizabeth Anscombe, Philippa Foot, Mary Midgley, and Iris Murdoch began their careers and the collective significance of their work, reflecting on the roles of place, friendship, and character in what these women achieved.

We are also delighted that the speaker will be introduced by Mrs Lesley Brown, Somerville’s Emeritus Philosophy Fellow, a former pupil of Elizabeth Anscombe.

The evening begins at 6.30pm with a drinks reception. The talk itself will begin at 7.00pm, followed by questions, and there will be drinks served again after the talk.

Copies of The Women Are Up To Something will be on sale on the night.

Tickets are £25 (£10 for alumni who matriculated in 2012 and later) and all Somervillians and their guests are welcome. Please note that the Oxford and Cambridge Club has a dress code.

For booking, please call the office on 018652 80626 or email alumnievents@some.ox.ac.uk or book online using the links above or below. 

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