Peggy Downes Baskin

October 20, 2010


Contributed Photo

Jack and Peggy Baskin
Photo by R.R. Jones

Peggy Downes Baskin has been involved and active in the humanities at UCSC for many years as a lecturer and senior research associate in Feminist Studies. She helped create and fund UCSC’s Girls in Engineering program, a summer school program designed to encourage interest in engineering among seventh- and eighth-grade girls from throughout Santa Cruz and Monterey counties. Before her tenure at UCSC, Peggy taught politics at Santa Clara University for 18 years.

In addition to her academic interests, Peggy is a writer and photographer; she coauthored the 2003 book Beyond Superwoman, which explores the lives of successful female executives in Silicon Valley. She recently published her second book of travel photographs, The Wandering Spirit: Through the Lens of Time, a companion to her earlier book, A Quiet Eye: Listening to Images.

Peggy and her husband Jack Baskin generously endowed a humanities fund in honor of her longtime interest in ethical issues across the disciplines, the Peggy Downes Baskin Humanities Endowment for Interdisciplinary Ethics. “There are so many areas in which ethical problems arise—in journalism, politics, medicine—and the endowment emphasizes the need to address these issues in a cross-disciplinary context,” Peggy said.

On November 3, at 4:00 p.m. the inaugural Peggy Downes Baskin Ethics Lecture will be held at the Stevenson College Fireside Lounge, Advances in Biotechnology and Medicine: Stretching the Moral Boundaries. Speakers will be Ellen Suckiel, UCSC Professor Emerita of Philosophy and Mary Rorty, Clinical Associate Professor at the Stanford University Medical Center and Faculty Associate at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics.

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