Our MAP to Bridge the Gap
Welcome to CU Boulder’s Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) Working Group. We are dedicated to hosting talks, reading groups, and other events related to minority issues in the profession; theoretical issues regarding philosophy of gender, race, sexual orientation, disability, etc.; and philosophy done from minority perspectives. We are a chapter of the national Minorities and Philosophy group
We are funded by MAP..
Our funding comes from MAP, the CHA (Center for the Humanities and the Arts) at CU, the Department of Philosophy, and the Center for Values and Social Policy.
If you are interested in organizing an event for MAP at CU-Boulder, please contact us.
MAP Tea: Professor Ajume Wingo, "A Matter of Unbound Leaders in the Lives of Africans"
April 24, 2018 2:00-4:00 Hellems 269
Abstract: Conceiving of the problems of African colonialism in geopolitical terms offers an incomplete and ultimately misleading view of the significance of the African colonial experience on the present character of African politics. Unhappily, the track record of much of ‘independent’ Africa suggests that the colonisation of Africa was not so much the cause of Africans’ lack of freedom as a manifestation of the lack of freedom, without which Africans were unable to defend themselves. Colonialism is a force that probes for a certain type of weakness or limitations in a population. Colonialism seeks out certain 'freedom voids' -- populations that lack the qualities of a free citizenry. I argue that Africans would do better to focus instead on the more general political problem of how any state, regardless of its experience with colonialism, must create and sustain the institutions that support the security and freedom of its citizens.
- 10th Annual Conference of the American Association of Mexican Philosophers (AAMP)
September 8-9, Hellems 269
MAP, the CVSP, and the Philosophy Department are co-sponsoring the 10th Annual Conference of the American Association of Mexican Philosophers (AAMP). Talks in all areas of philosophy by US-based philosophers of Mexican origin/descent. For the full schedule, see here.
- Philosophy and Race reading group (part of the MAP working Group), Fall 2016
Charles Mills' book The Racial Contract.
Summer 2016: work on affirmative action by Lawrence Blum, Bernard Boxill, Stephen Kershnar, Judith Lichtenberg, George Sher, and David Boonin.
Undergraduates interested in joining the reading group may apply to Anthony Kelley.
Contact: Anthony Kelley
- Emma McClure (University of Toronto), "A Duty to Avoid Committing Microaggressions"
Tuesday, April 25, 12:30 – 1:30, Hellems 269
Abstract: Microaggressions are small discriminatory acts that cumulatively do great harm. They range from intentional microassaults—such as hate speech—to subtler instances of discrimination that do not depend upon speaker intention. Although these subtle slights are readily apparent to those who have experienced a pattern of discrimination, they are almost invisible to those who lack this lived experience. Psychologists and philosophers have responded to these troubling patterns by focusing on the duties of audiences. In this paper, I take a different approach: I suggest that speakers have a duty to censor themselves and avoid committing microaggressions.
- PhD Candidate Alexandra Lloyd, "Racial Profiling and Suspect Descriptions: An Epistemic Approach"
Friday, November 8th, 2:00-3:15pm, HUMN 335
Abstract: The extensive literature on racial profiling tends to view the practice as one in need of significant justification in light of the fact that it makes race a salient feature of policing. There is considerable consensus that racial profiling is morally wrong because it disproportionately burdens the members of the racial group in question (Banks, 1075). However, Richard Banks argues that police use of suspect descriptions shares with racial profiling the features that make it morally problematic and therefore ought to be subject to the same scrutiny. In what follows, I dispute Banks’ claim and argue that in virtue of certain epistemic features that obtain in the practice of racial profiling but not the use of suspect descriptions, the two practices are in fact not equally morally problematic.
- Prof. Bonnie Steinbock, “My Life as a Woman in Philosophy”
Tuesday, October 4, 3:30-5:00, Hellems 269
Women in academia continue to face challenges in male-dominated fields, and especially when they combine career and family. Bonnie Steinbock, now an emerita from the University at Albany's Philosophy Department, reflects on the challenges and rewards of a career in philosophy and bioethics. Come and ask questions and share experiences.
This Women in Philosophy Group event is co-sponsored by the Center for Values and Social Policy, the Department of Philosophy, the Department’s Climate Committee, and the Department’s Minorities and Philosophy Working Group.
- Prof. John Witt
Friday, February 24, 12:00-1:00, Hellems 269
We will be joined by John Witt, a distinguished professor of law and history at Yale. Professor Witt was the chair of the committee at Yale that recently voted to rename a residential college there that had been named after John C. Calhoun. You can read a recent story about the controversy here:
Professor Witt will give us some background about the particular naming controversy there and discuss some of the arguments that people offered on both sides of it, but our hope is that this will mostly be a facilitated conversation with him about the general issues that this particular case raises.
- Prof. Michele S. Moses, Professor, School of Education, CU-Boulder
Monday, April 17, 3:00-4:15, EDUC 330
"Caught in the Politics of Resentment: Affirmative Action, Negative Action, and Asian American Applicants to Selective Colleges"
Abstract: In this article, we examine the arguments and claims surrounding the most recent legal challenge to affirmative action in higher education admissions, Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard University. Using philosophical inquiry grounded in critical race theory, we argue that the most common discussion points in this and similar cases center on a baseless accusation that the reason that elite institutions of higher education may be using negative action against Asian American applicants is to admit instead other students of color using race-conscious affirmative action. We analyze the controversy surrounding Asian Americans, negative action, and affirmative action with the aim of illuminating how key concepts such as racial discrimination and diversity are central to a politics of resentment that is developing further around selective college admissions.
- Prof. Luvell Anderson (Univ. of Memphis), ’Navigating Racial Satire’, 7/21/2016, sponsored by MAP, and by the Think! talk series
Abstract: What has to go wrong in order for racial satire to be racist? Does the fact that something is satirical automatically mean it is free from blame? In this talk Professor Anderson will explore these issues and offer suggestions on how to broach racial subjects satirically.
Luvell Anderson (PhD, Rutgers University) is currently Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Memphis. Before coming to Memphis, he was Alain Locke Postdoctoral Fellow at Pennsylvania State University. His research lies primarily in Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Race, and Aesthetics. He has published articles on the semantics of racial slurs and on racist humor.
- Shelley Wilcox (Professor of Philosophy, SFSU) Teatime talk on the topic of Immigration and Moral Problems With ‘Attrition Through Enforcement’.