Welcome to the Forum. We choose a topic, and invite experts, but in the end, students and citizens have the last word.
Theme: Diversity and Racial Justice
This year's Forum addresses the question of diversity and racial justice. In our society, we constitutionally guarantee equal rights to life and liberty for all people. Yet, our society hasnít fully embraced its diversity. We have discriminated against many people throughout our history. Have we finally achieved the ideal of equality? What would equality in a diverse society look like? Who should care about racial justice? What can everyone do about to make our society more just?
Part I: Dr. Kristie Dotson
Monday, February 2nd, 7pm
Kristie Dotson is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Michigan State University. Professor Dotson researches in epistemology, feminist philosophy (particularly Black feminism and feminist epistemology), and critical philosophy of race. She edited with Robert Bernasconi a series of books entitled Race, Hybridity, and Miscegenation. Her most recent publications include, "Tracking Epistemic Violence, Tracking Practices of Silence" (Hypatia 26:2), "Concrete Flowers: Contemplating the Profession of Philosophy" (Hypatia 26:2), and "How is this Paper Philosophy?" (Comparative Philosophy 3:2). (Text from MSU webpage)
Part II: Students and Citizens
Monday, February 9th, 7pm
A group of students and citizens will continue the discussion that Dr. Dotson started the previous week. Afterwards, the audience can ask questions and we will discuss.
Remember to check the Shreveport Times for columns from Dr. Dotson, our students and citizens prior to each meeting.
We'd like to thank the Convocations Committee, the Shreveport Times, and Centenary's Department of External Relations for all their support.