Western to Host Philosophers Jorge Garcia and Luvell Anderson for Philosophy of Race Forum Feb. 23-24

Western Washington University’s Philosophy Club, in partnership with the Black Student Union, the Latino Student Union, MEChA and the Bellingham Lectures in Philosophy and Religion, will host Jorge Garcia and Luvell Anderson, philosophers of race, to speak at the Philosophy of Race Forum from 4-5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23 and Wednesday, Feb. 24 in Fraser Hall Room 102.

Garcia will speak Tuesday, and Anderson will speak Wednesday. They will speak on the nature of racism and racialized language.

Garcia is a professor of Philosophy at Boston College and the author of the forthcoming book "The Heart of Racism: Essays on Diversity, Race, and Relativism." He has written numerous articles and essays on a wide range of topics in theoretical and applied ethics over the past thirty years.

Anderson is an assistant professor of Philosophy at the University of Memphis. He is the co-editor of "The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Race" and author of several articles in philosophy of language, race and aesthetics. Anderson’s current book project, "Racial Semantics," examines the relationship between race, power, and linguistic practice.

The Philosophy of Race Forum is designed to be an open, inclusive space for members of the Western community to engage in intellectual conversation on the topic of race in a considerate and respectful manner.

The event is sponsored by the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Graduate School, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Huxley College of the Environment, First Presbyterian Church, and the Departments of Health and Human Development, Liberal Studies, Modern and Classical Languages, Philosophy and Sociology.

For more information visit http://www.wwu.edu/blpr/2016-lectures.shtml or contact Dee Payton, Western Washington University’s Philosophy Club president, at paytond@students.wwu.edu.

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