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Alma Santiago-Espartinez: Corazon Aquino's Ethical Leadership

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Student Center, President's Dining Room, 2:00pm-3:30pm EDT

This talk examines Levinas' metaphor of maternity, described as "self-giving when the mother, in her infinite sacrifice, gives her self over to the child" as particularly appropriate for representing genuine leadership as exemplified by Corazon Aquino, former president of the Philippines.

Dr. Santiago-Espartinez received her master of arts and doctoral degrees from the Pontifical University of Santo Tomas, and is currently serving as the Chair of the Philosophy Department of St. Scholastica's College, Manila. She is currently on a one-year Fulbright scholar-in-residence fellowship at Dominican University of California.

Her talk is entitled: "Questioned, Challenged, and Judged: Corazon Aquino on Women's Leadership related to Levinas' concept of Ethical Maternity."

Description: The aim of this study is to examine Levinas' metaphor of maternity, described as "self-giving when the mother, in her infinite sacrifice, gives her self over to the child" as particularly appropriate for representing genuine leadership as exemplified by Corazon Aquino, former president of the Philippines. Questioned as a housewife, challenged as a woman, and judged as a leader, Aquino is considered one of the most influential leaders who shaped world history. Her feminine leadership gained global recognition because of her selfless concern for her people. Aquino is like a mother bearing her country which she has "neither conceived nor given birth to.A close analysis of this metaphor raises questions about ethics, maternity and sexual difference, for both the concept of ethical substitution and the material practice of mothering. Levinas compares ethical responsibility to a maternal body that bears the Other.

This talk will be followed by refreshments, and a second talk at 4 p.m. at the same venue. The event is sponsored by the Philosophy Dept. For more information contact Dr. Gail Presbey at 313-993-1124 or presbegm@udmercy.edu.

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