Published: June 15, 2018

Old main and Boulder flatirons.Each summer, recognized scholars from across the United States and the world join the ranks of CU Boulder's faculty to teach innovative courses through the Faculty-in-Residence Summer Term (FIRST) program. As part of their residency, many FIRST scholars also present free public lectures to share their research with students and local community members alike.

Three of the 2018 FIRST Scholars will host public lectures this year on a range of topics from the disciplines of education, philosophy, and engineering. We hope you will attend the lectures, which are designed to challenge your mindset and broaden your perspective.

“Cultural Constructions of Identity in Education: power, en-“trap”-ment binaries, and intersectional possibilities”

Luis Urrieta, University of Texas at Austin

Wednesday, June 20, 5-7pm

University Memorial Center (UMC), Aspen Room 285, CU Boulder

Professor Luis Urrieta is the inaugural Suzanne B. and John L. Adams Professor of Education at the University of Texas at Austin. He specializes in the study of identity with an emphasis in Chincanx; Latinx; and Indigenous (P’urhépecha) identities; Mexican indigenous education, migrations and diasporas, and learning in family and community contexts. Professor Urrieta is also (by courtesy) affiliated faculty with the Center for Mexican American Studies, the Lozano Long-Benson Institute of Latin American Studies, and the Native American & Indigenous Studies Program at UT Austin. Urrieta is the author of the award winning, Working from Within: Chicana and Chicano Activist Educators in Whitestream Schools (2009, University of Arizona Press). His forthcoming co-edited book (with George Noblit) is titled Cultural Constructions of Identity: Meta-ethnography and Theory, to be published with Oxford University Press. During the 2009-2010 academic year, Urrieta was a Fulbright Scholar in Mexico, and he was the Anne Ray Resident Scholar at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico, during 2016-2017.


“Neo-Aristotelian Democracy”

Harry Plantankis, Assistant Professor, Koç University, University of Athens

Wednesday, July 25, 5-7pm

Eaton Humanities, Room 150, CU Boulder

Dr. Harry Planatankis’ lecture centers on a current paper on Neo- Artistotlean democracy. Below is an abstract for the paper: Aristotle, it is safe to argue, is not a supporter of Athenian democracy; still, his criticism is not as extremely dismissive as that of his teacher, Plato, while his overall optimism about human nature provides us with the means of constructing a version of deliberative democracy based on phronêsis. In the first part of my paper, I expose major difficulties the mainstream justifications of democracy throughout the history are facing: first the suggestion they exist for the interest of the people, then the proposal for the representation of their will, and finally the insistence on the free and equal status of the people. Moreover, by focusing on the exhaustive insistence of each of those justifications with either the instrumental (the first two) or the intrinsic (the third) value of democracy, I hope to show that a justification of democracy with reference to both its intrinsic and its instrumental value is needed. In the second part of his presentation, I propose that a justification with reference to phronêsis will fare much better than any near competitors. Apart from being the necessary criterion for citizenship, it can also reinforce the necessity of the democratic community and reveal the educational function of deliberation in introducing citizens to it. Insisting on Aristotle’s use of the analogy of the Ship of State, I point to the common characteristics of leadership and authority that a citizen and an officer should have within a democratic polis. Eventually, cashing out the conclusion of the first part of the paper, I conclude that a neo-Aristotelian conception of democracy is instrumental to the promotion of the interests of the people and the representation of their authentic will, while by educating individuals through deliberation it would also carry intrinsic value for the equality and freedom of its citizens.

“Sustainable and Innovative Techniques for Heavy Metal Reduction in Ecuadorian Mining Areas”

Paola Almeida Guerra, Associate Professor, Escuela Superior Politécnica de Litoral, Guayaquil, Ecuador

Tuesday, March 6, 1pm

The 2018 WASH (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene) Symposium

Learn more about the FIRST program. For specific questions about a lecture, please contact the appropriate academic department or school.