World Philosophy Day at City College Nov 20th

World Philosophy Day at City College Nov 20th

The next Philosophy Day at City College will take place on Thursday, November 20th, 2014.

Welcome to UNESCO’s World Philosophy Day at the City College of New York! The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has declared each third Thursday in November to be World Philosophy Day, why?

As Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO, put it: “Faced with the complexity of today’s world, philosophical reflection is above all a call to humility, to take a step back and engage in reasoned dialogue, to build together the solutions to challenges that are beyond our control. This is the best way to educate enlightened citizens, equipped to fight stupidity and prejudice. The greater the difficulties encountered the greater the need for philosophy to make sense of questions of peace and sustainable development.”

Lunchtime Philosophy Chat
Join us around lunch time on Philosophy Day for fun and informative discussions with faculty from the Department of Philosophy at CCNY. You’ll see how philosophy can be relevant to your life, as well as an engaging pursuit.

Planned discussion for 20 November 2014 are:
* What is Race? Led by Prof. Jennifer Morton
* What is consciousness? Led by Prof. Katherine Ritchie
* What is science? Led by Profs. Elise Crull and Massimo Pigliucci
All discussions will take place between 12:30 and 2pm in the students’ cafeteria in the North Academic Building. Below are flyers with suggestions to help you get started with the discussion, or to engage in one with your own friends!


Keynote Address
The 2014 keynote address will take place on the CCNY campus, at the North Academic Center, room 1/202, beginning at 6:30pm (see here for directions and map). Students, faculty, and members of the public are invited and warmly encouraged to participate! A reception will follow the talk in the Amsterdam room. Join us for food and conversation with our keynote speaker!
The 2014 WPD speaker will be Linda Alcoff (Hunter College). Linda is the past President of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association. She earned her PhD in Philosophy from Brown University, and was recognized as the distinguished Woman Philosopher of 2005 by the Society for Women in Philosophy and the APA. Her writings focus on epistemology, feminism, race theory, and existentialism. Her interest in diversity led her to co-edit (with Paul Taylor and William Wilkerson) the Pluralist Guide to Philosophy. Linda most recently co-authored Women’s Realities, Women’s Choices: An Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies (2014). She is also the author of Visible Identities: Race, Gender, and the Self (2009).
The title of Linda’s keynote address will be: “What philosophy can contribute to the global resistance against rape.”
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