Philosophy Department

Speaker Series

Philosophy Department Speaker Series

The Philosophy Department’s Speaker Series is sponsored by the Ichabod S. Spencer Foundation. Every fall and winter term, the series brings major figures in the field to campus to discuss new work. All events are open to the public, and philosophy students can take a course, New Directions in Philosophy, that focuses on the work discussed in the Speaker Series.


Unless otherwise noted, all events are held in the Everest Lounge, starting at 4:30 p.m.

In light of Covid19, some (and perhaps all) of the talks will be held via zoom. For more precise information, please check the information below for each scheduled talk to determine the modality and/or contact the Department close to the day of the talk.

Leo Zaibert, Philosophy Department Chair
(518) 388-7185;

Leahanna Pelish, Administrative Assistant
(518) 388-6376;

Speaker Series Flyer 2020-2021

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Epistemic Reparations and the Right to Be Known

Jennifer Lackey, Northwestern University

Zoom hosted; contact for more information

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Racialized Forgiveness

Myisha Cherry, University of California – Riverside

Zoom hosted; contact for more information

Thursday, February 4, 2021 *RESCHEDULED WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 24 at 12:00PM*

The Anguish of Ivan Karamazov

Christine Tappolet, University of Montreal

Zoom hosted; contact for more information

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Systemic Injustice

Sally Haslanger, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Zoom hosted; contact for more information

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Paradoxes of Time Travel to the Future

Sara Bernstein, University of Notre Dame

Thursday, April 29, 2021 - POSTPONED until FALL 2021 - Tuesday October 26, 2021

Why Not Robot Police?

Barry Smith, State University of New York at Buffalo

Postponed until Fall 2021 - Tuesday October 26, 2021

In-person modality anticipated

Thursday, May 6, 2021 - CANCELLED

The Beautiful Ugly Struggle:

How Black Lives Mattered to Angela Davis and Amiri Baraka

Chris Lebron, John Hopkins University

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Empathy and Reasonability

John Deigh, University of Texas

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Faith in Free Will

Daniel Speak, Loyola Marymount University

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Hume on Race

Aaron Garrett, Boston University