All colloquia are on Friday afternoons, 3:30pm in 115 Peabody unless otherwise noted

February 10 - Linda Alcoff (Hunter College City University of New York), "American Exceptionalism as White Exceptionalism"

This paper considers the concept of American exceptionalism, the history of the concept, and the impact it has on race, identity and class in the public discourses of the United States. I will argue that the reasoning behind the claim of American exceptionalism applies only to European immigrants, and creates the idea that other groups have a different relationship to the US state, affecting adversely their political rationality. 

February 24 - George Rainbolt (Georgia State University), “Freedom of Association: The Case for Mostly Open Borders”

*THIS LECTURE BEGINS AT 4:30 rather than the usual 3:30

 What are the implications of freedom of association for immigration? Christopher Heath Wellman argues that freedom of association gives a state “the right to close its doors to all potential immigrants, even refugees desperately seeking asylum from incompetent or corrupt political regimes that are either unable or unwilling to protect their citizens’ basic moral rights.”  I argue that freedom of association gives individuals the right to immigrate to associate with those in other states who want to associate with them. I then argue that the second right outweighs the first, that freedom of association speaks for mostly open borders.

April 14 - David Birks (University of Oxford; University of Kiel) "Punishment and the Treatment for Crime"

We will have a screening of A Clockwork Orange in Peabody 115 at 8 PM on April 13 followed by a discussion on the film led by Dr. Birks.

Recent Past Colloquia:

September 16   Eva Brann (St. John’s College), “Depth vs. Complexity”


August 26   Jennifer Ryan Lockhart (Auburn),  “Sexual Exclusivity and Procreative Practice”

August 19 Melissa Lane, “Antianarchia:Iinterpreting Political Thought in Plato”

April 29   Emily McRae, ”Emotion, Affliction, and Perception: A Tibetan Buddhist Account of the Psychology of Oppression”