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Winter 2015 Newsletter
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Chapter Updates

 

As of January 2016, MAP has about 60 chapters in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Chapters led a wide range of programs this past semester, often combining both substantial philosophical reasoning and practical pedagogical advice. Some highlights below:

Chapter Highlights
 

  • SUNY Buffalo: Hosted two film screenings with discussions (Crash and A Day Without a Mexican), as well as a regular reading group on ecofeminism.
  • Dalhousie University: Hosted a workshop for teaching assistants on power dynamics in the classroom.
  • Columbia University: Hosted Life of a Paper event in which Robert Gooding-Williams discussed the history and motivations behind his paper “Race, Multiculturalism, and Democracy.”
  • University of Pennsylvania: Ran a reading group on Chinese Philosophy and on Race and Philosophy
  • University of Sydney (Unit for the History and Philosophy of Science): Developed social media outreach campaign by posting daily articles that either address or voice the various problems minority groups face in philosophy.
  • UCSB: Hosting reading groups on Philosophy & Mental Health.
  • UCLA: Hosted SoCal Regional MAP Pedagogy and Inclusion Workshop as a part of the UC Humanities Research Institute Working Group (composed of UCI, UCSB, and UCLA)

 

Chapter Highlights

 
  • Sheffield: Hosted Monica Mookherjee, who gave the Annual MAP at Sheffield Lecture on ‘Addressing religious inequalities through theories of recognition’.
  • Leeds: Hosted a two-day conference on implicit bias, with keynotes from Jules Holroyd,  Ian Kidd, Jennifer Saul and Katherine Jenkins, in addition to ten papers from postgraduate speakers. There was even an ice-breaker treasure hunt across the city.
  • Bristol: Screened a documentary on women in academia, which you can see here. They also arranged for Richard Pettigrew to deliver a talk to Bristol undergraduates on equality and diversity.
  • Edinburgh: Helped organise New Enlightenment Lecture 2015, which was given by Alison Wylie, entitled ‘What Knowers Know Well: Why feminism matters, to archaeology for example’. The discussion addressed the costs of the exclusion of minorities in academia, and strategies for change.


Mentorship Scheme


At last count we have 17 mentors who have volunteered to provide occasional mentoring advice to students over email. Between them they have expertise covering a range of minority statuses including those relating to race and ethnicity, sexuality, disability, income background, and gender. Anyone who identifies as a member of a group that is underrepresented in philosophy and may benefit from mentoring is encouraged to look through the mentor database (http:// mapuk.weebly.com/uk-mentors.html) and email their chosen mentor directly.


For the full MAP UK report, click here.

Upcoming

 
  • Funding applications for this semester are due February 20. For more details, visit our applications page.
  • Following recommendations made by the APA Task Force on Inclusion and Diversity, MAP will be maintaining a mailing list with regular notifications about application deadlines to competitions and events that target historically underrepresented students. To subscribe to the list, click here (Click ‘subscribe to this group’). To submit your own dates, click here. Many thanks to Robin Zheng for helping set up this list!
  • Compass: Princeton’s MAP Chapter will be hosting a two-day workshop for female and transgender undergraduates from across the country interested in philosophy. From their website: “The goal is to provide women and gender minority undergraduates a chance to meet each other, and to explore various sub-disciplines within philosophy, in a relaxed and supportive environment. The workshop features six pre-read paper discussion sessions led by graduate students, in addition to two advice sessions with female faculty mentors.” The workshop is part of a coordinated series of similar workshops that will take place in various campuses across the country beginning next year. If your department is interested in hosting a Compass Workshop in the future, please contact Sukaina Hirji for more information.
  

 

You might have seen some of us at the Eastern APA giving an info session on MAP. Keep an eye out for us at future conferences!

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