Month: May 2021

Lewis Gordon: Pan-African Forums, Africa Day

Professor Lewis Gordon served as a panelist on the Pan-African Forums: Africa Day event hosted by The Elephant.


To commemorate Africa Day, we think about how Pan-Africanism has reproduced itself, evolved theoretically and practically in different spaces through reflection and critique, and catalysed a range of important initiatives all over Global Africa, focusing on the question of education. What does it mean to educate with the vision of Pan Africanism in mind? Panellists are Wandia Njoya, Jennifer Tosch and Lewis Gordon. Moderated by Mshai Mwangola.

Tracy Llanera: Interview on Ideas (CBC Radio Canada)

Assistant Professor Tracy Llanera and her co-author James Tartaglia (Keele University) were recently interviewed on the radio show Ideas (CBC Radio Canada). It will also air on Australia's Radio National: The focus was their book A Defence of Nihilism (Routledge, 2021). 

Lewis Gordon: 47th Connecticut People’s World African-American History Month Celebration

Read about the 47th Connecticut People's World African-American History Month Celebration, "Georgia On My Mind, The Third Reconstruction," in People's World. Professor and Department Head Lewis Gordon served as the keynote speaker for the event.

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Heather Muraviov: Millikan Fellowship

The Department is pleased to announce that Heather Muraviov is the 2021 recipient of the Ruth Garrett Millikan Graduate Research Fellowship. The Fellowship will enable Heather to devote the summer to completing two chapters of her dissertation entitled “Liberatory Virtue Epistemology.” Her major advisor is Heather Battaly. For more information about the Ruth Garrett Millikan Fellowship, please visit here.

Drew Johnson: Humanities Institute Fellow

Congratulations to doctoral candidate Drew Johnson for being selected as a fellow for the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute (UCHI). Drew will be working on his dissertation, “A Hybrid Theory of Ethical Thought and Discourse,” which applies prominent recent philosophical theories of expression and representation to develop a novel “hybrid” theory recognizing the joint role of reason and emotion in ethical judgment. For more information check out the article "20th Class of Humanities Institute Fellows Pursue Wide Range of Scholarship" published on UConn Today.

Heather Muraviov: Excellence for Diversity and Inclusivity in a Syllabus

The Philosophy Department’s Climate Committee is pleased to announce that our inaugural Prize for Excellence for Diversity and Inclusivity in a Syllabus is awarded to Heather Muraviov’s syllabus for PHIL 1101, which demonstrated excellence in all three of these dimensions of diversity and inclusivity. Congratulations Heather! Thank you for designing an excellent syllabus.

The committee also recognizes the following syllabi for their merit in diversity and inclusivity: Eric Berg’s, and Jenelle Salisbury’s 1104 syllabus

Heather Battaly and Casey Johnson: Character, Vices, and Authority

Tune into Character, Vices, and Authority with UConn Professor of Philosophy Heather Battaly and UConn alumna Casey Johnson (now Assistant Professor at the University of Idaho) on Thursday, May 13th, at 2:00 PM!

When trying to make sense of the world, we rely on other people – for information, ideas, alternative perspectives, criticisms, and objections. We therefore need to be able to recognise authoritative people, ones worthy of the trust we put in them when we ask for intellectual help. But how do we identify authoritative people?

One answer: we assess their intellectual virtues and vices. We ask if someone is reflective and open-minded, or dogmatic and closed-minded. This conversation will explore the intellectual vices, what they are, where they come from, and how we should try and deal with intellectually vicious people.