Invited Lectures

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January 2018

Januaury 26, 2018 | Time: 3:30pm-5:30pm | Location: BALDWIN 645

  • Mihaela Pavlicev (Cincinnati Children's Hospital): Can knowledge help overcome the biases in societal perception of female biology

February 2018

February 9, 2018 | Time: 3:30pm-5:30pm | Location: TUC 425

Nancy Nyquist Potter – University of Lousville

  • Epistemic violence and the social imaginary: Service user/patient voices and mechanisms of silencing in clinical relationships


  • Truth commissions, trauma studies, and critical race theories emphasize the importance of centering the experiences and voices of victims in order to understand the impact of structural injustice and violence. In a somewhat similar vein, service-user movements highlight the centrality of clinicians’ attending to service users/patients’ voices in order to provide good and ethical treatment. But even well-meaning clinicians may inadvertently silence service users/patients. This paper addresses how this problem occurs and what can be done about it. Drawing upon two recently introduced concepts from philosophical theorizing, epistemic violence and the social imaginary, I identify some more subtle ways that service users/patients become silenced while in clinical encounters. I apply these concepts to case studies, looking particularly at transgendered people and voice-hearers. Yet clinicians, too, may sometimes be silenced by their patients. I conclude by considering some multi-dimensional aspects of silencing that can occur in the clinic.

March 2018

March 19, 2018 | Time: 4:00pm| Location: TUC Cinema

  • Greg A. Dunn: Self Reflected: Deeply fusing art and science to create the world's most complex artistic depiction of the human brain.

March 23, 2018 | Time: 3:30pm-5:30pm Location: TUC 415

  • Peggy DesAutels – University of Dayton

April 2018

April 6, 2018 | Time: 3:30pm-5:30pm | Location: Location SWIFT 716

  • Justin D’Arms – Ohio State University

April 7, 2018 | Time: 3:30pm-5:30pm | Location: TBD

  • Ohio Philosophical Association Keynote
    • Quayshawn Spencer (Pennsylvania)

April 10, 2018 | Time: 3:30pm-5:30pm | Location: Mercantile Library, 414 Walnut Street, Downtown Cincinnati, 7:30pm

  • Public Humanities Seminar
    • Mark Michael (Austin Peay State): How Philosophy Can Inform Public Understanding of Environmental Obligation

April 20, 2018 | Time: 3:30pm-5:30pm | Location: TBD

  • Nico Orlandi (UC Santa Cruz) 
    • Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Cognition, Action & Perception
Kristen Andrews (York)

Past Lecutres  

Sept 9, 2016: Elizabeth Schechter (Washington University)  

Oct. 21, 2016: Kristen Andrews (York)

November 17, 2017 | Time: 3:30pm-5:30pm | Location: TUC 415AB

  • Empathy as a Natural Kind of Knowing by Anthony Jack (Case Western)  

Nov. 18, 2016 : Robert Briscoe (Ohio University)  November 2017

December 2017

Dec 1, 2017 |Time: 3:30pm-5:30pm | Location: TUC 415AB

  • Psycho-Babble: Label Without a Cause or System Level With a Cause? by Jan-Pieter Konsman (U. Bordeaux)

Dec. 2, 2016: Carl Craver (Washington University)  

Jan. 27, 2017: Chris Smeenk (Western Ontario)  

Feb. 10, 2017: Mazviita Chirimuuta (University of Pittsburgh)  

  • "Why do Birds Migrate, Why do Nerves Fire Action Potentials, and Why do Neuroscientists Talk about Representations?

Feb. 17, 2017: Stuart Glennan (Butler University)  

  • "Pluralism without tears: mechanistic ontology and the pluralistic character of scientific knowledge"

March 31, 2017: Michael Weisberg (Univeristy of Pennsylvania) 

  • "Understanding and Accepting Evolution"

April 7, 2017: Eric Mandelbaum (Baruch, CUNY) 

  • "Troubles with Bayesianism: An Introduction to the Psychological Immune System"

Sept 1, 2017

  • A Phenomenological Ethics of Perceptual Experience by Daniel Dwyer

Sept 15, 2017

  • Diagnostic Kinds as Human Kinds by Natalia Washington (WashU & Cycorp)

Nov 13, 2017

  • Truth, Justice, & the American Way? The Need for the Arts & Sciences in the Post-Truth World

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