Spring and Summer 2016 Newsletter
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Chapter Updates


Happy summer, friends of MAP! We sample a few of the many and wide-ranging chapter events below (a full list of the year's activities will be made online this summer):

  • Georgetown: Hosted a screening and discussion of "Concerning Violence", a documentary based on Frantz Fanon's essay from "Wretched of the Earth"
  • Duquesne: Held a seminar session with faculty on Lee Edelman's No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive
  • University of Kansas: Held an undergraduate philosophy conference featuring student presenters from KU and nearby schools
  • Columbia: Held a "Life of a Paper" event with Nick Bommarito (NYU/Buffalo) on Buddhist philosophy
  • Notre Dame: Held a monthly discussion group with topics such as: "Is there such a thing as Non-Western philosophy?"; "Should feminists in rich countries shift their focus to international development?"; "Are conservatives a minority?"


APA Blog


MAP has partnered with the Blog of the APA to bring you a series of chapter profiles over the next several months. These profiles highlight some of the excellent work our chapters have been doing, and give some "behind the scenes" insight into the way MAP works at the chapter level. See our first post by MAP Director Yena Lee here, and follow the series here.

Chapter Highlights

  • Bristol: Hosted a conference on Philosophy from Minoritised Perspectives with a keynote from Helen Beebee
  • Stirling: Hosted a conference about gender, race and disability
  • St Andrews: Hosted talks about gender theory and feminist philosophy of language
  • Glasgow: Organised a workshop where Tom Dougherty spoke on the underrepresentation of women in philosophy, whilst Frederique Janssen-Lauret spoke on teaching logic in a gender-inclusive way
  • Leeds: Hosted a reading group on Rae Langton's 'Sexual Solipsism' and Paul Taylor's 'Black is Beautiful', where they were joined by their artist themselves

Good practice, training and advocacy

  • The Leeds chapter is participating in a project to develop free online resources for teaching philosophy in schools. The aim is to enable teachers to give their students a brief introduction to an area of philosophy of their choice before the holiday break. The project is planned to launch at the beginning of next year. The chapter also continues to expand the Diversity Reading list which can be viewed here:
  • The St Andrews chapter have set up a mentorship scheme enabling undergraduates to meet with and receive support from PhD students.

For the full MAP UK report, click here.

Other Projects

  • 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!
  • Looking to diversify your syllabus? Check out Georgetown's 'Diversifying Syllabi: Great Philosophy by Diverse Practitioners', which includes text summaries and tips for teaching.
  • Also check out the active Facebook pages of Brooklyn College and the University of Sydney!

Leadership Changes   


After serving a three year term, Professor Sarah-Jane Leslie will be stepping down from her position as Chair of the Board of Academic Advisors. We heartily thank her for her invaluable leadership: having been with MAP since its inception, Professor Leslie has helped guide the organization into what it is today.

We're equal parts happy and honored to announce that Professor Ernest Sosa (Rutgers) will be joining our Board as Chair. Welcome aboard, Professor Sosa!

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