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Colloquium Series

Inaugurated in 2006, the Philosophy Colloquium series has enabled the Department to offer lectures and seminars by leading and emerging scholars working in a wide range of philosophical discourses. The colloquium series has reinvigorated a long tradition of hosting visiting scholars at Colorado College.

Our colloquium series is made possible by the generous support of the Rubens Family Fund, the Robert Lewis Endowed Fund for Philosophy, the J. Glenn and Ursula Gray Memorial Fund, the Dean's Office, and friends and alumni of the Philosophy Department.

Next Colloquium:

Block 2: Thursday, 13 October 2016, 3:30 p.m.
Barbara Yalich Boardroom, Spencer Center
“The Living Death of Solitary Confinement”
Dr. Lisa Guenther, Vanderbilt University

2016 - 2017 Colloquia

Upcoming Colloquia:

Block 7: TBA

Block 6: Thursday, 2 March, 2017, 3:30 p.m.
Bemis Great Hall
Title TBA (Grey Lecture)
Dr. Nancy Snow, University of Oklahoma 

Block 5: TBA

Block 4: Date, Time, and Title TBA
Dr. José Medina, Vanderbilt University

Block 3: Thursday, 3 November 2016, 3:30 p.m.
Slocum Commons
Title TBA
Dr. Camisha Russell, Colorado College

Past Colloquia:

Archives of Past Colloquium Series


Block 7: Thursday, 7 April 2016, 3:30 p.m.
Gaylord Hall
"Bad Logic or Bad Faith"
Alberto Hernandez-Lemus, Colorado College

Block 6: Tuesday, 1 March 2016, 3:30 p.m.
Bemis Great Hall
"Richard Gregg and the Power of Nonviolence"
James Tully, University of Victoria

Block 5: Thursday, 4 February 2016, 3:30 p.m.
Gaylord Hall
"Death and the Self
Shaun Nichols, University of Arizona

Block 3: Thursday, 5 November 2015, 3:30 p.m.
Gaylord Hall
"Situating Zen Feminism"
Dr. Ashby Butnor

Block 2: Thursday, 1 October 2015, 3:30 p.m.
Bemis Great Hall
"Backing into- and out of- the Anthropocene: Rewilding and Climate Engineering in the 'Age of Man'"
Christopher Preston, University of Montana


Block 2: Thursday, 2 October 2014, 2:30 p.m.
Bemis Great Hall
"Three Foundations of Moral Knowledge: Perception, Intuition, and Emotion"
Robert Audi, University of Notre Dame

Block 3: Thursday, 6 November 2014, 3:30 p.m.
Slocum Commons, Slocum Hall
"Existential Feeling and Interpersonal Experience in Depression"
Matthew Ratcliffe, Durham University

Block 4: Thursday, 4 December 2014, 3:30 p.m.
Slocum Commons, Slocum Hall
"Ancient Theology and Contemporary Self Psychology: Monotheism, Monoselfism, and the Transgressions of Omnipotence"
John H. Riker, Colorado College

Block 6: Thursday, 5 March 2015, 3:30 p.m.
The J. Glenn and Ursula Gray Memorial Lecture
Gaylord Hall
"The Others' Truth"
Patrice Maniglier, University of Paris 

Block 7: Thursday, 26 March 2015, 3:30 p.m.
Gaylord Hall
"Problems of the Mind, Then and Now"
Candice Shelby, University of Colorado Denver

Block 8: Thursday, 7 May 2015, 3:30 p.m.
Gaylord Hall
"What is Wisdom?"
J.P. Rosensweig, Philosophy Institute of Chicago


Thursday, 1 May 2014, 3:30 p.m.
"Discovering and Thinking about Technology"
Carl Mitcham, Colorado School of Mines and the European Graduate School

Thursday, 6 March 2014, 3:30 p.m.
The J. Glenn and Ursula Gray Memorial Lecture
"The Philosophical Act: Diogenes/Lacan/Godard"
Jonathan Lee, Colorado College

Thursday, 30 January 2014, 3:30 p.m.
"Disability and Quality of Life Judgments: Exploring the Disability Paradox"
Sara Goering, University of Washington

Thursday, 12 December 2013, 3:30 p.m.
"When Rights Go Wrong: Hegel, Honneth, and Contemporary Social Pathologies"
Chad Kautzer, University of Colorado at Denver

Thursday, 1 November 2013, 3:30 p.m.
"Why the Rich and Poor Don’t See Eye to Eye on Inequality and Why this Matters for Justice"
Derrick Darby, University of Kansas

2012 - 2013

Tuesday, 2 April 2013, 3:30 p.m.
“Environmental Ethics and the Anthropocene"
Marion Hourdequin, Colorado College

Thursday, 7 March 2013, 3:30 p.m.
The J. Glenn and Ursula Gray Memorial Lecture
"Thinking Love: Heidegger and Arendt"
Iain Thomson, University of New Mexico

Thursday, 24 January 2013, 3:30 p.m.
"Newcomb's Problem: An Antinomy of Practical Reason"
Terry Horgan, University of Arizona

Thursday, 6 December 2012, 3:30 p.m.
"We Fight for Roses, Too: Time-Use and Gender Global Justice"
Alison Jaggar, University of Colorado at Boulder

Thursday, 1 November 2012, 3:30 p.m.
"Greed and Justice in Aristotle's Ethics"
Mi-Kyoung (Mitzi) Lee, University of Colorado at Boulder

Thursday, 4 October 2012, 3:30 p.m.
"Things and Persons in Early Heidegger: A Kantian Exercise in Moral Ontology"
James D. Reid, Metropolitan State University of Denver

2011 - 2012

Thursday, 3 May 2012
“Prostrating Before Adrasteia: Comedy and 'One's Own' in Book V of Plato’s Republic"
Sonja Tanner, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Tuesday, 6 March 2012
The J. Glenn and Ursula Gray Memorial Lecture
"Weaving the Cosmos: Understanding Aztec Philosophy"
James Maffie, University of Maryland 

Tuesday, 7 February 2012
"Dussel's Transmodernism"
Linda Alcoff, Hunter College, City University of New York

Thursday, 15 December 2011 
"Integrating Philosophy with Anthropology in an Approach to Morality"
David B. Wong, Duke University

Thursday, 10 November 2011 
"The Death of God and the Birth of Impressionism:
Forms and Transformations of Narcissism in the 19th Century"
John Riker, Colorado College

Thursday, 13 September 2011 
"Emotion, Perception, and Moral Judgment"
Robert C. Roberts, Baylor University

2010 - 2011

Thursday, 14 October 2010
"Enacting the Self: A Buddhist and Enactive Account of Emergence"
Matthew MacKenzie, Colorado State University, Fort Collins

Thursday, 9 December 2010
"Living with Boredom"
Cheshire Calhoun, Arizona State University

Thursday, 10 March 2011
The J. Glenn and Ursula Gray Memorial Lecture
"Ordinary Modernism: Agency and Fate in American Film Noir"
Robert Pippin, University of Chicago

Thursday, 31 March 2011
"Does Love Make Us Blind?"
Troy Jollimore, California State University, Chico

2009 - 2010

Thursday, 1 April 2010
"Friendship, Betrayal, and Trust: Tracing the Bodily Roots of the Existential Emotions"
Maria Talero, University of Colorado, Denver

Thursday, 25 February 2010
The J. Glenn and Ursula Gray Memorial Lecture
"Race and Liberalism"
Charles Mills, Northwestern University

Thursday, 28 January 2010
"Testimony, Incredulity, and the Power of Ignorance"
Lorraine Code, York University

Thursday, 5 November 2009
"Living with Contradictions: The Logic of Kantian Moral Principles in a Nonideal World"
Robert Hanna, University of Colorado at Boulder

Thursday, 15 October 2009
"Archaic Gestures and Modernist Poetics"
Jonathan Lee, Colorado College

Thursday, 17 September 2009
"Constituting Democratic Culture: Dissent in the Great Debate over the Constitution"
Robert Martin, Hamilton College

2008 - 2009

Thursday, 16 October 2008
"The Environmental Argument for Reducing Immigration into the United States"
Philip Cafaro, Colorado State University, Fort Collins

Thursday, 6 November 2008
"Answering the Question, 'What Is Life?'"
Carol Cleland, University of Colorado at Boulder

Thursday, 5 February 2009
"Love, Subjectivity, and the Truth about the World"
Rick Furtak, Colorado College

Thursday, 26 February 2009
"Wisdom and Work"
Valerie Tiberius, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Thursday, 9 April 2009
The J. Glenn Gray Memorial Lecture
"The Really Hard Problem: Meaning in a Material World"
Owen Flanagan, Duke University

2007 - 2008

Over the course of the 2007-2008 academic year, the Department of Philosophy celebrated the life and work of J. Glenn Gray, Professor of Philosophy at Colorado College from 1948 until his death in 1977. One of the most influential, inspiring, and beloved professors in the history of Colorado College, Professor Gray made many important and enduring contributions to the discipline of philosophy. He is the author of Hegel and Greek Thought, The Promise of Wisdom, and The Warriors: Reflections on Men in Battle, among other writings. Gray also served as the General Editor of the first translations of Martin Heidegger's works into English.

Thursday 10 April 2008
The J. Glenn Gray Memorial Lecture
"The Promise of Politics"
Elisabeth Young-Bruehl, Columbia University

Thursday 6 March 2008
"Ancient Wisdom, Modern Lives: Why the Greeks Still Matter"
John Riker, Colorado College

Thursday 7 February 2008
"Heidegger on Ontotheology: The History That We Are"
Iain Thomson, University of New Mexico

Wednesday 12 December 2007
"Fighting Wars and Moral Responsibility"
Carl Ficarrotta, United States Air Force Academy

Wednesday 14 November 2007
"Philosophy in a Time of War"
Martin Woessner, City College of New York, City University of New York

Thursday 11 October 2007
"J. Glenn Gray's Vision of Philosophy"
Jane Cauvel, Colorado College

2006 - 2007

Thursday, 26 April 2007
"Virtue Ethics, Character, and Moral Psychology"
Candace Upton, University of Denver

Thursday, 12 April 2007
The J. Glenn Gray Memorial Lecture
"The Blessings and Curses of Being a Stoic Warrior"
Nancy Sherman, Georgetown University

Monday, 29 January 2007
"The Emotional Construction of Morals"
Jesse Prinz, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Wednesday, 6 December 2006
"Must Naturalists Be Nihilists?"
Marion Hourdequin, Colorado College