Eva Feder Kittay, professor of philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, will lecture on the topic of "Caring and Justice for Severely Mentally Retarded Persons" at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 1, in the Gamble Room of Rush Rhees Library on the University of Rochester's River Campus.

An expert on feminist theory and on the philosophy of language, Kittay is the author of many publications, including Love's Labor: Essays on Women, Equality, and Dependency, and Metaphor: Its Linguistic Structure and Its Cognitive Force. She is also co-author of Woman and Moral Theory.

Kittay holds a doctoral degree in philosophy from the City University of New York and has served on the faculty of the Department of Philosophy at SUNY Stony Brook since 1979. She also has been a visiting professor at Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Maryland at College Park. Among other appointments, she has been chair of the American Philosophical Association's Committee on the Status of Women since 1997.

The lecture, which is free, is one in a series on the topic of understanding disability and its place in the study of the humanities. The series is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and co-sponsored by the Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development, the Department of Political Science, and the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Rochester. The purpose of the series is to consider the development of a humanities-based disability studies curriculum in high schools and colleges.

For more information, contact Linda Ware of the Warner School at (585) 275-3010.