Martha Minow (2003)


Martha Minow, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Senior Fellow with the Harvard Society of Fellows, delivered the 2003 Kenan Distinguished Lecture in Ethics. In “Privatization and the Public Good,” she discussed what happens when private companies, nonprofit agencies, and religious groups manage what government used to—in education, criminal justice, legal services, and welfare programs.

Minow has been called “one of our nation’s wisest and most engaging public philosophers.” Her work focuses on the treatment of women, children, persons with disabilities, and members of ethnic, racial, or religious minorities. She is the author of Making All the Difference: Inclusion, Exclusion, and American Law (1990), Not Only for Myself: Identity, Politics, and the Law (1997), and Between Vengeance and Forgiveness: Facing History after Genocide and Mass Violence (1998). Minow was a member of the International Independent Commission on Kosovo.