The Many Faces of Simone de Beauvoir: Author, Philosopher, Feminist

Explore the life, work, and impact of Simone de Beauvoir.

Join a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Gail Weiss of George Washington University, and in conjunction with the installation From the Desk of Simone de Beauvoir, for an exploration into the life, work, and impact of the famous feminist writer. Special attention will be paid to Beauvoir’s novel The Mandarins, landmark treatise The Second Sex, and her contribution to Western philosophy.


  • Dr. Susan Suleiman, Harvard University
  • Constance Borde and Sheila Malovany-Chevallier, translators of The Second Sex
  • Dr. Debra Bergoffen, American University and Professor Emerita, George Mason University 


Registration is required. Seating is limited and registration does not guarantee your seat(s). Registered guests will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Open seats will be given to guests on standby beginning at 12:55 p.m.

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This installation, an interpretation of Simone de Beauvoir’s Paris studio alcove, invites visitors to reflect on the writer’s impact, not only in her time and not only as a feminist, but in our own time and in the areas of literature, philosophy, and popular culture.

National Museum of Women in the Arts