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Spring 2015 Newsletter
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Chapter Updates


As of June 2015, MAP has 52 chapters in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand! Chapters led a wide range of programs this past semester; some highlights below:


Speakers and Panels

  • Boston: Maren Behrensen (Linköping University), “Sick, Tired, and Still Fighting: The Invisible Margins of Academic Philosophy”; Carolyn Dicey-Jennings (UC Merced), “An Empirical Look at Gender and Research Specialization”
  • Yale: Kristie Dotson (Michigan State) "Rejecting Fundamentality: Prolegomena to Black Feminist Philosophy"
  • UMichigan: Derrick Darby (UMichigan) "Long Live Hip Hop! The Good, the Bad and the Vulgar": What's Wrong With Racial & Other Social Injustices?"; Panel discussion featuring Gregory Pappas, Elizabeth Anderson, and Derrick Darby
  • UMass Dartmouth: Otavio Bueno (Miami): “Jose Saramago and the nature of Fiction," and a separate workshop on logical pluralism 

Other activities

  • Georgetown: Film screenings and discussions of "Fruitvale Station” and “The House I Live in”
  • SoCal MAP Graduate Working Group in Philosophy & Inclusive Pedagogy: A five-school collaboration among southern California MAP chapters. For more information, see here
  • Cornell: Purchased anthologies to be kept in a common lounge to aid in diversifying syllabi and research
  • UPenn: Conference on non-western philosophy, including talks on Indian, Aztec, Buddhist, Ottoman, and Chinese philosophy
  • Harvard: Two-day bilingual philosophy workshop in Spanish
  • UCI (with Th!nk): Weekly “teaching children philosophy” program for 5th graders at a local elementary school
  • Sydney: Launched a Postgraduate Writing Center for non-native English speakers
Images below (clockwise from top left): events from UAlbany, Harvard, and the SoCal MAP region.
A full program of chapter events and reading group topics will be available under “Events” on the MAP webpage at the year’s end.

Updates from MAP UK


Since the current Directorship Team took over in January 2015, there’s been increasing momentum across the region. Five new UK Chapters have joined up, adding to an expanding programme of workshops, reading groups and other events aimed at promoting fair representation across UK institutions; MAP UK has started a joint project with the British Philosophical Association to produce some best practice guidelines; and the KCL Chapter will host the region’s first ever MAP Conference. 


Chapter Updates


Below is an example of just some of the events and activities hosted by UK MAP Chapters this year. Click here for a full list of recent activities.
  • Leeds: secured funding to help undergraduate and postgraduate students travel to conferences and workshops related to MAP goals, and hosted Charles W Mills, leading a discussion on The Racial Contract. The Leeds Chapter also created the Diversity Reading List, a resource collating high quality work written by philosophers from underrepresented groups and intended for use by lecturers and course leaders. The ever-expanding list can be accessed here.
  • Edinburgh (with the Edinburgh Women in Philosophy Group): hosted a workshop on the themes of ‘Underrepresentation and Ignorance’, featuring a masterclass led by Janet Kourany (Notre Dame) about the social construction of ignorance.
  • KCL (with KCL philosophy society): hostel a panel discussion, encompassing a plurality of subjects, including diversifying syllabi, underrepresentation, and implicit bias.
  • UCL: hosted a discussion session on underrepresentation, inviting students from London universities and beyond, to discuss issues individuals have faced within their institutions, as well as addressing practical strategies for change. 
 

Mentorship


The UK mentorship scheme is thriving. At last count we have 14 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 and email their chosen mentor directly.

Upcoming

There's plenty to look forward to this summer and beyond!
  • MAP UK's first conference: On 4th-5th July, the KCL MAP Chapter will host the first UK Minorities and Philosophy Conference, on the theme of Identity and Underrepresentation. The panel of speakers includes undergraduates, postgraduates and staff from across the UK, with keynote addresses from Jules Holroyd and Amia Srinivasan. Registration is free, and the conference is open to staff and students alike. Register here and view the full programme here
  • End of Year Report: Look out for our End of Year Report in the coming months. The report will contain accounts of what MAP chapters around the world have been doing in the past year, as well as discussion of some persistent problems our chapters are running into.  View last year’s here.
  • Summer Highlights Series: In the run up to the EoY Report, we'll be hosting a Summer Highlights Series on our blog, to share some of the great things our chapters have done this year. Keep up with our Facebook page to catch the blog posts as they are issued, and feel free to advertise your own MAP related activities on our page while you're there!
  • APA Presence: After a successful presentation at the 2015 Pacific APA, MAP Organizers will also be speaking about MAP at the upcoming Eastern APA in January 2016. Rumor has it that there may well be MAP-sponsored APA events beyond that in the near future... details to come!



As you can see, it's been another busy and productive year for MAP. We thank you for your continued support, and encourage you to forward this newsletter to students or faculty who may be interested.
Questions or suggestions? Contact us at mapforthegap@gmail.com

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