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. We have made real progress. No one wants to be considered a racist anymore. Yet, conflicts arise because we have not developed a shared understanding of racial justice. What would a racially just world be like? Who should care about racial justice and what should we do? By exploring our different points of view, we can start to think about how we can move forward together.
Part I: Dr. Kristie Dotson
Monday, February 2nd, 7pm
Kristie Dotson is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Michigan State University and a Senior Fellow at Columbia Law School. 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.
Ninjia Miles, Senior, Sociology
Joanna Warren, Junior, Philosophy and Political Science
Trina Chu, Lawyer
Pastor Roosevelt Seaberry, LSU Health: Manager of Medical Services Area/Culture Diversity & EEO Investigation
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 of their support.