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 All colloquiua will take place Fridays at 3:15pm unless noted otherwise. 

The Colloquium Series is made possible by the generous support of the McVean and Berry Funds.

Spring 2023                                                                        

February 10th- Jason D'Cruz (SUNY Albany).

March 3rd- James Conant (University of Chicago).

April 14th- Seana Shiffrin (UCLA).

April 21st- Fatema Amijee (University of British Columbia).

Fall 2022                                                                              

September 2 - Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa (University of British Columbia), "Negative Epistemology and Status Quo Bias", 

Format: In Person, Furman Hall 209

Ichikawa Poster

September 15 - Berry Lecture in Public Philosophy: Nancy Fraser (The New School for Social Research), 
“Three Faces of Labor: Uncovering the Hidden Ties Between Gender, Race, and Class”

Format: In Person, Wilson Hall 126

More information here


October 7 - Robert Pasnau (University of Colorado Boulder), "Who Put the Will in Control? A Brief History of the Idea of a Free Will " 

Format: In Person, Furman Hall 209

Pasnau poster

November 11 - Verena Erlenbusch-Anderson (Syracuse University), "This is Who 'We' Are: Constellations of White Supremacist Terrorism in the United States"

Forman: In Person, Furman Hall 209

Erlenbusch-Anderson poster


Spring 2022

April 22 – Allison McCarthy (VUMC Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society), "Questioning 'Authority' in Medical Decision-Making"

Format: In Person, Furman 325

McCarthy postert:


Previous Spring 2022 colloquiums:

March 25: Elijah Millgram (University of Utah), "Who was Nietzsche's Psychologist?" with commentary by Robert Engelman (Vanderbilt)

March 18: Lucy Allais (Johns Hopkins), "Autonomy and Freedom in Kant"

March 25 – Robert Talisse (Vanderbilt), "Why We Need Political Enemies" 

April 8 – Shatema Threadcraft (Vanderbilt), "On Black Life's Second Shift: Women, "Death Work" and the Making of the Black Counterpublic Sphere" 

Fall 2021

September 10: Thi Nguyen (University of Utah), "Value Capture" 

October 1: Emanuele Costa (Vanderbilt), "Transcendence and Immanence  in Anne Conway"*

November 12: Rocío Zambrana (Emory) "Hegelian History Interrupted" with commentary by Andrew Burnside (Vanderbilt)

December 3: Myisha Cherry (UC Riverside), "Rage Renegades" with commentary by Holly Longair (Vanderbilt)

Spring 2021

January 29 at 2:55pmNicole Hassoun (Binghamton), "Responding to the Tragedies of Our Time: The Human Right to Health and the Virtues of Creative Resolve"

February 5: William Stephens (Creighton), “Stoicism and Food", with commentary by Kelly Cunningham (Vanderbilt) and Lucy Vollbrecht (Vanderbilt)

February 19: Alia Al-Saji (McGill), “Touching the Wounds of Colonial Duration: Fanon and a Critical Phenomenology of Racialized Affect”, with commentary by Andrew Burnside (Vanderbilt)

The Berry Lecture in Public Philosophy

March 18 at 7:00pmEddie Glaude, Jr. (Princeton), “James Baldwin and Black Democratic Perfectionism”. More information about the Berry Lectures can be found at the link here.

April 2:  Şerife Tekin (University of Texas at San Antonio), “Rethinking Objectivity in Psychiatry: Unmuting Patients in Epistemic Practices”

Fall 2020

September 18: Catherine Hundleby (University of Windsor) & Moira Howes (Trent University), "Adversarial Argument, Agency, and Vulnerability", with commentary by  Tempest Henning (Vanderbilt)

October 2: Brandon Hogan (Howard University), "What 'Black Lives Matter' Should Mean", with commentary by Eric MacPhail (Vanderbilt)

October 16: J.M. Berstein (New School for Social Research), "The Responsibility Nexus: Vulnerability, Dependence, and Power", with commentary by Robert Engleman (Vanderbilt)

October 23: Shatema Threadcraft (Dartmouth), "U.S. Necropower as a Body Project"

November 6: Leonard Harris (Purdue University), "What, then, is 'Philosophy Born of Struggle'?" with commentary by Emerson Bodde (Vanderbilt)

Previous Colloquium Events

View Vanderbilt philosophy department colloquium events from previous academic years here