Engaging Philosophy Conference Speakers

March 25-26, 2011
Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA 01075
All sessions in Gamble Auditorium

Linda Alcoff, professor of philosophy at Hunter College, has written nine books centered on epistemology and issues of gender, class, and race. Her recent book, Visible Identities: Race, Gender, and the Self (Oxford, 2006) won the Frantz Fanon Prize for 2009. She is working on several new books, including one on feminism, sexuality, and the return of religion.

Louise Antony, professor of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, has written widely in philosophy of mind, feminist theory, and epistemology. Her most recent book, Philosophers Without Gods, is a collection of engaging personal essays by atheists. Her recent work focuses on perception and the nature of human nature.

Lawrence Blum, Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Education and Professor of Philosophy at UMass/Boston, has authored four books. He has written widely on race, ethics, moral psychology, moral development, the Holocaust, philosophy of education, and other areas. He has contributed broadly to conversations about education, particularly education in relation to race, and has taught courses on race and racism at Cambridge's public schools.

Sally Haslanger, professor of philosophy and linguistics at MIT, has written widely on topics from philosophy of language, to Aristotle's theory of substance, to the social construction of race and gender (the focus of her recent work). She has edited three volumes, including Adoption Matters: Philosophical and Feminist Essays (Cornell, 2005). She recently was awarded the Society for Women in Philosophy's Distinguished Woman Philosopher of 2010 Award.

Meredith Michaels, Lecturer/Research Associate at Smith College, works broadly in feminist theory, ethics (especially reproductive ethics), and epistemology. Her most recent book, The Mommy Myth (Free Press, 2004, with Susan Douglas) is an exploration of the significance of media representations of motherhood. She has also authored (with Lynn Morgan, an anthropologist at Mount Holyoke) Fetal Positions/Feminist Practices. She brings her philosophical commitments to the community as a court-appointed special advocate for children in the court system.

Mecke Nagel, professor of philosophy at SUNY-Cortland, has written five books in social and political philosophy (broadly construed), including Prisons and Punishment: Reconsidering Global Penality (Africa World Press 2007), The Hydropolitics of Africa: A Contemporary Challenge (Cambridge Scholars Press2007), and Masking the Abject: A Genealogy of Play (Lexington Books, 2002). She has been active in peace studies and prison reform, and has taught a number of philosophy courses in prisons.

Lynn Pasquerella, 18th president and Professor of Philosophy at Mount Holyoke College, has written two books and many articles, most of which focus on ethical issues that arise in difficult circumstances (prison, war, the end of life, public administration, medical crises). She taught for many years at the University of Rhode Island, and was provost of the University of Hartford. She has been deeply involved in community activities in such diverse settings as the Africa Center for Engineering Solutions and the Rhode Island Advisory Commission for Women Offenders.

John Perry, professor of philosophy at the University of California at Riverside, professor emeritus of philosophy at Stanford, and founding co-director of the Center for Study of Language and Information (CSLI) at Stanford, has written nine books (and edited five additional volumes). Perry's work has been in the philosophy of language, and the philosophy of mind, especially on issues of self-knowledge and personal identity, a topic on which he is likely the world's preëminent expert. Together with Ken Taylor, he has created a weekly radio show, Philosophy Talk, syndicated nationally, which brings philosophical topics and interviews with philosophers to the public.

Ken Taylor, professor of philosophy at Stanford, has written three books and numerous articles in philosophy of language and philosophy of mind. Together with John Perry, he has created a weekly radio show, Philosophy Talk, syndicated nationally, which brings philosophical topics and interviews with philosophers to the public.

John Wallace, professor of philosophy at the University of Minnesota, was trained at Stanford in philosophy of language and was an influential contributor in that field. Recently however his work has turned how philosophy can contribute to grass-roots social change toward a decent and self-understanding society. He is a founder of Educators for Community Engagement, a founder and member of the coordinating group of the Hopework Folk School, and a founder of the Jane Addams School for Democracy, a center for learning and community action in the West Side neighborhood of St. Paul. He teaches "Philosophy Camp", a six-credit summer philosophy course in which students explore questions of self, vocation, and community while living at a southwestern Minnesota prairie retreat center