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Public Events

Periodically, Beta of Colorado sponsors Colorado College events, including lectures by Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars. Our visiting lecturers have included the following:

  • Betty Smocovitis, University of Florida, "Singing His Praises: Darwin and His Theory in Song and Musical Production" (spring 2008)
  • Charles Mills, Northwestern University "Racial Liberalism" (spring 2010)
  • Jack Goldstone, George Mason University, "Global Population Trends and How They Shape Our Future Well-Being" (fall 2010)
  • Nina Rattner Gelbart, Occidental College, "Frenchwomen of Science in the Age of Enlightenment" (spring 2011)
  • Larry Silver, University of Pennsylvania, "India Ink: Europe's Earliest Views of the Subcontinent" (fall 2015)

In response to the challenge of cultivating and engaging a diverse academic community, Beta of Colorado revived its Deliberation Workshop Series in 2015-16, with a first speaker visiting in March 2016.  Ana M. Martínez Alemán of the Lynch School of Education at Boston College, who led that workshop, also delivered a public lecture on "Technology, Social Media, and Democratic Community on Campus."

In the spring of 2017, Beta of Colorado will host two visitors, who will deliver public lectures.  On Thursday, 23 February, Brook Vicke, Associate Professor of Psychology at Whitman College and CC alumna, class of 1997, will speak on the topic of "Ally, Advocate, or Accomplice: Psychological Perspectives on Solidarity and Bias Resistance."


 On Thursday, 30 March 2017, Beta of Colorado will welcome José Medina, Professor of Philosophy at Villanova University, who will deliver a lecture based on his recent book, The Epistemology of Resistance: Gender and Racial Oppression, Epistemic Injustice, and Resistant Imaginations.