Women in Core Conference at Temple University

“Welcome to Women in Core! While it’s clear that more texts by and about women appear on core text syllabi than ever, integrating women into core curricula continues to present special challenges and opportunities. The next two days promise a rich array of considerations: we will hear arguments for the inclusion of texts by women authors or about women characters in curricula that still emphasize canonical works by men. We will strategize ways to expand our syllabi. We will take up questions concerning the canon and the archive, the dynamics of gender identity in the classroom and in publishing, critical developments in feminism and gender studies, and intersectionality. Building on the success of six panels hosted at 2017 conference of the Association of Core Texts and Courses, the Intellectual Heritage Program at Temple University, in collaboration with ACTC and the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program, has invited scholars and university professionals from across the country to address these and other issues. We’re glad you’ve chosen to join us in this important project!”

Hosted by the Intellectual Heritage Program at Temple University

Co-Sponsored by the Association of Core Texts and Courses (ACTC)

Supported by Temple’s Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program

For more information, contact

Dr. Genevieve Amaral, Associate Director for Special Programs, Intellectual Heritage Program

Email g.amaral@temple.edu

Beyond Apu: A Community Conversation

When was the first time you remember seeing yourself reflected onscreen? Or have you yet to truly experience this?

On March 10th, Drexel University and the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA) will host the Philadelphia premiere of Hari Kondabolu’s The Problem With Apu documentary, followed by a community discussion about representations of South Asian Americans in popular culture. All proceeds will benefit our work to document and share South Asian American stories. In the vein of SAADA’s award-winning First Days Project and Road Trips Project, we will also be collecting personal memories from the audience to permanently preserve in our archive.

Sat, March 10, 2018 – 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST

Drexel University, URBN Center Screening Room – 3401 Filbert Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Tickets: $10 to $15

To purchase tickets or for more event information, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beyond-apu-a-community-conversation-tickets-42638892074

To learn more about SAADA, visit https://www.saada.org

Sally Haslanger on ‘Ideology and Moral Knowledge’

Join Drexel University in welcoming Professor Sally Haslanger, PhD. for her talk on Ideology and Moral Knowledge, Thursday, March 1st 5:30-7:00pm in the Mitchell Auditorium, Bossone Center

“Culture, I argue, is a set of social meanings – what I call a cultural techne – that shapes and filters how we think and act.  Problematic networks of social meanings constitute an ideology.  Such networks prevent us from properly appreciating what is valuable (and how it is valuable) and organize us in unjust ways.  Entrenched ideologies are resilient and are barriers to social change, even in the face of legal interventions.  If, under conditions of injustice, our cognition is shaped by ideology, how can we gain the moral knowledge needed to critique the culture that is the source of injustice?  But culture is not a rigid frame; rather, it is a set of tools made ready for use in a variety of ways.  Not everyone uses the tools in the same way or finds them fitting for the jobs they need done. So even in cases where most participate in oppressive practices unknowingly, there will be some who are able to gain knowledge of morally relevant facts that are for others inaccessible or unavailable; this may be knowledge that the practices are morally problematic. If so, then they are entitled (even required!) to resist the practices and demand change. Resistance may be made by individuals, but there are many reasons that it is best undertaken as a collective enterprise through social movements.  My talk will elaborate this view and consider when social movements legitimately demand our support.”

Students and faculty are invited to a reception with Dr. Haslanger from 4:00-5:15PM in Suite 250 at 3101 Market Street.

Sally Haslanger is the Ford Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and holds the 2015 Spinoza Chair of Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam. Since 2009. She has also served as director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program at MIT. Her work has focused on metaphysics, feminist metaphysics, epistemology, feminist theory, ancient philosophy, and social and political philosophy.

Sponsored by Drexel’s Department of English & Philosophy, the Center for Science, Technology, and Society, the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and the Department of Sociology.


Temple University’s Fifth Annual Disability and Change Symposium

Monday, March 26, 2018
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Organized by the Institute on Disabilities at Temple, with support from the Interdisciplinary Faculty Council on Disabilities, the Disability and Change Symposium is a one-day, interdisciplinary conference focusing on cultural equity and disability.

The event is free, accessible and open to the public. Registration is required.

Symposium Highlights

The “end of disability” has been a long-standing mantra for medicine and often repudiated by some disability studies scholars and others who question the “end” to mean extermination or erasure. Our 5th Annual Disability & Change Symposium asks us to consider whether the development of technologies such as bionics, implants, and smart technologies brings something new to the debate.

Come listen to interdisciplinary panels of speakers discuss the historic, philosophical/ethical, policy, applied rehabilitative, science/engineering, and first-person perspectives.

For more information, visit https://www.temple.edu/instituteondisabilities/programs/ifc/symposium2018.shtml


Upcoming MAP Reading Group – Changing the Culture of Academic Philosophy

On November 17, 2017 Temple’s MAP will be hosting its second reading group. The topic of this reading group is feminism and philosophy, focusing our discussion on Sally Haslanger’s paper “Changing the Ideology and Culture of Philosophy: Not By Reason (Alone).” (A link to a PDF of the text can be found below.)


MAP board member Kate Brelje will be leading our discussion.

This reading group is open to everyone (including across discipline!) and we welcome anyone who is interested to attend.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Join MAP for Our First Event!

The two articles for the reading group discussion portion of the meeting can be found below.

“Relationship Mapping of Minorities in Philosophy”, by Andrew Higgins


“The lack of diversity in philosophy is blocking its progress”, by Peter Levine