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Philosophy ZOOM Workshop: Exploring Issues of Race

December 6, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm MST

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In this virtual workshop we’ll explore a series of issues about race with philosophers Desiree Valentine & Julia Jorati, beginning with the query:  Is there anything wrong with saying “I Don’t See Color?” 


This is not an easy question to answer, but it is an important one to ask.   And, as one might imagine, it leads to several other clarifying and exploratory questions, like: What does saying “I Don’t See Color” even mean? Is it even possible?  Is being “racially colorblind” something we should strive for?  Is there harm caused (to others and ourselves) by embracing this perspective? If so, what harms and how so?


In the process of exploring these initial question, we’ll uncover and examine various historical and contemporary perspectives on defining race, racial identity, and racial cognition.


We are thrilled to have philosophers Desiree Valentine and Julia Jorati leading our workshop &  conversation.  Learn more about them below!


~ No background in philosophy is required to participate in this workshop.  All ages welcome. ~


Our Introductory Video Highlighting What We’ll Be Exploring



About Our Workshop Leaders


Desiree Valentine holds a dual title Ph.D. in Philosophy and Women’s Studies and is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Marquette University. Her work lies at the intersection of critical philosophy of race, feminist philosophy, critical disability studies, and bioethics. She has published in Critical Philosophy of Race, Public Philosophy Journal, Journal of Speculative Philosophy, and Puncta: A Journal for Critical Phenomenology.









Julia Jorati is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at The University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her main area of research is Early Modern Philosophy — specifically, early modern philosophy of action, metaphysics, ethics, and philosophy of mind. She also dabbles in Medieval Philosophy and Philosophy of Religion. At present, she is particularly interested in philosophical arguments concerning slavery in the 17th and 18th centuries, and the notion of moral necessity in late medieval and early modern moral psychology. Her research thus far has focused mostly on the philosophy of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, though she has also published on other early modern authors.










Other Information

Our philosophy workshops are FREE.  That said, for those who still have the steady income to do so in these trying times, we could really use your financial support right now.  Donations help to cover workshop leader honorariums, implementation, and resource archiving, as well as community workshop scholarships for those in need.  You can make a donation by clicking here.  For those facing more challenging financial circumstances, we ask that you please try to “pay it forward” with acts of kindness for your neighbors and community. 


Register for Our ZOOM Workshop

Register for our ZOOM philosophy workshop here.  (Once you register, you will receive an e-mail with information about how to join the meeting & a link to do so).


**For those who have not used Zoom before on your computer, click here to do a test run and ensure your system is working properly: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/115002262083-Joining-a-test-meeting.**  


~ This philosophy workshop is part of our 2020 “Thinking as a Community” program supported in part by grants and community sponsorship from Plato: Philosophy Learning & Teaching Organization, Humanities Montana, and Best Western Premier Helena Great Northern Hotel. ~

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