Social Identities and the Question of 'Realism', Linda Martin Alcoff, Dec. 2, King's College

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Thu., Dec. 2, 2010, 7:00pm

Lecture Series on Race: Linda Alcoff

The University of King's College is pleased to present a talk by Linda Martin Alcoff entitled "Social Identities and the Question of 'Realism'" on Thursday, December 2 at 7:00pm in Alumni Hall, New Academic Building, King's Campus, 6350 Coburg Road.

Linda Martin Alcoff is Professor of Philosophy at Hunter College/City University of New York Graduate Center. She is the author of Real Knowledge (Cornell UP, 1996) and Visible Identities: Race, Gender and the Self (Oxford LP, 2006) as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters in the areas of feminist theory, continental philosophy, epistemology, Latino philosophy and philosophy of race. In 2005 she was named the Distinguished Woman in Philosophy by the Society for Women in Philosophy, and in 2006 she was named one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the United States by Hispanic Business magazine. She is currently at work on two new books: a collection of feminist essays, and an account of political epistemology.

The lecture is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow. It is presented by the King’s Contemporary Studies Programme, the Early Modern Studies Programme, the History of Science and Technology Programme and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research.

The Lecture Series “Conceptions of Race in Philosophy, Literature and Art” examines how the notion of race and the phenomenon of racism have developed in the Western tradition. The speakers will examine the works of prominent philosophers, writers and artists, illuminating the origins of contemporary ways of thinking about race. Public lectures will continue throughout the academic year until March 22 and will feature nationally and internationally renowned speakers and artists.


About the University of King's College: Established in 1789, King's College is Canada's oldest chartered university. A small and extraordinarily lively academic community located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, King's is known nationally and internationally for its highly acclaimed interdisciplinary programs in the humanities and journalism.