Thursday, 17 June 2010, 12:00AM
Barnard's Inn Hall

Opening Doors: The Untold Story of Cornelia Sorabji - Reformer, Lawyer and Champion of Women's Rights in India

Professor Richard Sorabji FBA

 Richard Sorabji throws new light on the life of the extraordinary woman who was his aunt as well as India's first woman lawyer.  With the special insight and knowledge he possesses as Cornelia's nephew, and through scrupulous research in her unpublished papers, he explains her involvement with Katherine Mayo, her disagreements with Gandhi, her disappointments in her career and other crucial aspects of her life.  Moving between Britain (Oxford and London in particular), and India, Professor Sorabji gives us a vivid larger picture of the influential worlds Cornelia inhabited which is interesting on many levels.  Richard Sorabji does not just tell the story of a woman who will wake up historians; he provides a startling example of biography through history and history through biography.

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Professor Richard Sorabji was Professor of philosophy at King's College London between 1970 and 2000.  Before that he was an Associate Professor at Cornell University, 1962-69.  Since 2000 he held posts as Gresham Professor of Rhetoric at (2000-03), Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas at Austin (2000-), Distinguished Visiting Scholar at New York University (2000-03), and Visiting Professor at the City University of New York (2004-07). In 2008, he became Cyprus Global Distinguished Professor at New York University.
He is also an Honorary Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, a member of the Senior Common Room of Pembroke College, Oxford, and a member of the Sub-Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Oxford. He is a Fellow of The British Academy and a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as a Fellow of King's College London, a Fellow of Gresham College (2003-04), and a Research Fellow of the Institute of Classical Studies.
Previous posts include Founding Director of the King's Centre for Philosophical Studies (1989-91), British Academy Research Professor (1996-99), Director of the Institute of Classical Studies (1991-96), and President of the Aristotelian Society (1985-86).
He is founder and director of the international 'Ancient Commentators on Aristotle' project devoted to the publication of translations of philosophical texts from the period 200-600 AD, texts that formed the necessary bridge between ancient philosophy and later thought both in Medieval Islam and in the Latin-speaking West. To date over 60 volumes have been completed.

All of Professor Sorabji's previous lectures may be accessed here.

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17 June 2010

Opening Doors: The Untold Story of Cornelia Sorabji - Reformer, Lawyer and Champion of Women's Rights in India
Professor Richard Sorabji FBA

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