Please join us for the Project on Philosophy of Race and Racism’s inaugural event: a panel discussion on the development, current state, and future of the philosophy of race and racism, featuring four prominent leaders in the field. The event poster can be found here.
Linda Martín Alcoff, Professor of Philosophy at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY
Linda Martín Alcoff is Professor of Philosophy at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, C.U.N.Y. She is a past President of the American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division. Recent books include Rape and Resistance: Understanding the Complexities of Sexual Violation (Polity 2018); The Future of Whiteness (Polity 2015); Visible Identities: Race, Gender and the Self (Oxford 2006), which won the Frantz Fanon Award for 2009. For more info go to www.alcoff.com
Derrick Darby, Henry Rutgers Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University
Derrick Darby is Henry Rutgers professor of philosophy at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. He holds a B.A. from Colgate and a Ph.D. from Pittsburgh. He discovered his passion for philosophy growing up in the Queensbridge public housing projects in Long Island City, NY. For the backstory, see his TEDx talk, "Doing the Knowledge." In social and political philosophy, he writes about rights, inequality, and democracy. And he thinks about how race and racism bear on theoretical and practical philosophical questions. In addition to recent articles on Martin Luther King Jr.'s vindication of voting rights, W. E. B. Du Bois's defense of democracy, and Charles W. Mills's black radical liberalism, his most recent book, coauthored with John L. Rury, is The Color of Mind: Why the Origins of the Achievement Gap Matter for Justice (Chicago, 2018).
Brandon M. Terry, Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies and of Social Studies at Harvard University (Currently Presidential Visiting Assistant Professor at Yale University)
Brandon M. Terry is Presidential Visiting Assistant Professor at Yale University and Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies and of Social Studies at Harvard University. Terry earned a PhD with distinction in Political Science and African American Studies from Yale University, an MSc in Political Theory Research as a Michael von Clemm Fellow at Corpus Christi College at the University of Oxford, and an AB, magna cum laude, in Government and African and African American Studies from Harvard College.
A scholar of African American political thought, Brandon is the editor, with Tommie Shelby, of To Shape a New World: Essays on the Political Philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Harvard University Press, 2018) and the editor of Fifty Years Since MLK (Boston Review/MIT 2018). He has published work in Modern Intellectual History, Political Theory, The New York Review of Books, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Boston Review, Dissent, The Point, and New Labor Forum. For his work, Brandon has received fellowships, awards, and recognition from the Edmund J. Safra Center for Ethics, the Center for History and Economics, the Ford Foundation, the Mellon-Mays Foundation, the American Political Science Association, the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, and Best American Essays. His next book, tentatively titled, The Tragic Vision of the Civil Rights Movement: Political Theory and the Historical Imagination (Harvard University Press, forthcoming) interrogates the normative and political significance of different narratives of African American history in liberalism, radicalism, and Afro-pessimism through an original synthesis of methods drawn from philosophy of history, literary theory, and political philosophy. Following this, he will release a book on the political thought and judgment of Malcolm X, tentatively titled Home to Roost: Malcolm X Between Prophecy and Peril (Penguin/Random House).
Naomi Zack, Professor of Philosophy at Lehman College, CUNY
Naomi Zack, PhD, Columbia University, is now Professor of Philosophy at Lehman College, CUNY. Her recent books are: The American Tragedy of COVID-19: Social and Political Crises of 2020 (2021), Progressive Anonymity: From Identity Politics to Evidence-Based Government (2020); Reviving the Social Compact: Inclusive Citizenship in an Age of Extreme Politics (2018); edited 51-essay Oxford Handbook on Philosophy and Race (2017); Philosophy of Race, An Introduction (2018); The Theory of Applicative Justice (2016). Earlier books include: White Privilege and Black Rights (2015); The Ethics and Mores of Race (2011/2015); Ethics for Disaster, (2009, 2010-11); Inclusive Feminism (2005); Philosophy of Science and Race (2002), and Race and Mixed Race (1992). In progress is Democracy, a VSI (Very Short Introduction in the Oxford University Press series) and Ethics and Race, a textbook. Zack speaks and teaches widely on these subjects.
Kwame Anthony Appiah, Professor of Philosophy and Law at New York University
Kwame Anthony Appiah is Professor of Philosophy and Law at NYU. He was born in London, but moved as an infant to Kumasi, Ghana, where he grew up. He took BA and PhD degrees in philosophy at Cambridge and has taught in Ghana, France, Britain, and the United States. He has been President of the PEN American Center and serves on the boards of the New York Public Library, the Public Theater, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2012 he received the National Humanities Medal from President Obama. He has written the New York Times column The Ethicist since 2015. His most recent book is The Lies that Bind: Rethinking Identity.
This Project is being sponsored by the New York Institute of Philosophy. Its goals, broadly speaking, are to take stock of work to date on the philosophy of race and racism, to catalyze new work in the field, and to build community among scholars working in these areas. We hope that you will join us for this event!
NYU Project on Philosophy of Race and Racism Steering Committee
Prof. Sharon Street (Project Chair), Prof. Kwame Anthony Appiah, Prof. Laura Franklin-Hall
Cristina Ballarini (Project Fellow), Evan Behrle, Patrick Wu