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For the 2020-21 academic year, all colloquia will consist of pre-circulated material and a live Zoom session. All Zoom sessions are scheduled for Fridays at 3:15pm unless noted otherwise.

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

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”

*As a reminder, Prof. Tekin will not present her talk in its entirety during our Zoom session. Instead, Prof. Tekin has  shared her talk with us ahead of the live session as a pre-recorded video. Click here to access the video via the link on Dropbox.

To join the live Zoom session, click the link here.

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