Philosophy ZOOM Workshop: Exploring Issues of Race
December 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
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, 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).
~ No background in philosophy is required to participate in this workshop. All ages welcome. ~
About Our Workshop Leaders
We are thrilled to have philosophers Desiree Valentine and Julia Jorati leading our workshop & conversation. Learn more about them below!
Desire 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 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.
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