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September 15, 2017 | 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Category: Lecture
Location: Undergraduate Library, David Adamany Bernath Auditorium | Map
5155 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free

Each year, the Philosophy Department hosts the Riklin Memorial Lecture—an accessible philosophical talk on a topic of current interest. This year, we are delighted to host Prof. Lewis R. Gordon (UConn–Storrs), for a talk entitled "Thinking Race Constructively." The event is free to attend and all are welcome.

An abstract of Prof. Gordon's lecture follows:

From birth to grave, many of us in the Euromodern world have learned how to avoid talking about race and racism.  Ironically, this also involves ways of seeming to talk about this topic that are in fact versions of evading it.  This talk will explore, through the ambiguity of “constructive,” not only problems of racial construction but also the productive sense of being constructive.  This requires addressing neurotic expectations in race discussions, explaining distinctions between Euromodernity and “modernity,” the effort of studying race without posing a critical philosophical anthropology, and the confusion wrought from various formulations such as “colorblindness,” “race relations,” “racial tensions,” and “privilege.”

For more information about this event, please contact Jonny Cottrell at 3472672154 or jonathan.cottrell@wayne.edu.