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Philosophy ZOOM Workshop: Exploring Issues of Race — TO BE RESCHEDULED

August 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm


**8/11/20:  We regret to announce that one of our co-facilitators has had a significant life event take place that will, unfortunately, affect her ability to co-lead our the workshop this weekend. Our thoughts are with her and we are working to reschedule the workshop as soon as possible. We apologize to all those who have signed up for the workshop already via our website (and those who have expressed an interest in it on FB). We WILL get our workshop back on the schedule as soon as possible and will make an announcement about the new date as soon as it is secured. We appreciate your understanding.**

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

This is not an easy question, 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 this initial (set of) question(s), we’ll uncover and examine various historical and contemporary perspectives on defining race, racial identity, and racial cognition (looking specifically at the process,  impact, and challenges of implicit biases).

About Our Workshop Leaders

We are thrilled to have philosophers (and philosophy as a way of life family!) Céline Leboeuf and Julia Jorati leading our workshop &  conversation.  Learn more about them below!

Céline Leboeuf

Céline is an assistant professor in the Philosophy Department at Florida International University. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in May 2016. Her current research lies at the intersection of Continental Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, and the Critical Philosophy of Race. Inspired by the idea of philosophy as a way of life, her work aims to develop an art of living the body in a world that primarily understands the bodies of members of oppressed groups through the lens of reductive stereotypes. At present, she is investigating beauty trends such as the thigh gap obsession, probing the experience of mixed-race individuals, and exploring her never-ending fascination with Simone de Beauvoir. 

Julia Jorati

Julia 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 modernphilosophy 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.


Registration Information

No background or prior experience in philosophy is required or expected. All ages welcome.

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.

[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.]




Marisa Diaz-Waian
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