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Dean's Speaker Series

The School of Liberal Arts Dean’s Speaker Series brings prominent scholars, writers, and practitioners in the social sciences, humanities, and fine & performing arts to Tulane University to foster an ongoing conversation about the vitality of the liberal arts in addressing topics that matter to society.

2021-2022 Series:
Anti-Racism and the Disciplines

Many of the liberal arts disciplines have complicated relationships to structural racism, colonialism, and/or imperialism, which arguably are structured into the “rules” of the disciplines themselves. Scholars working in those disciplines, including those featured in the series, are working to uncover those histories in the effort of thinking about and staging work for the next generation(s) of scholars.

Each speaker will give a public talk; they will also meet in a smaller group (usually the next day) with faculty and students for a workshop on anti-racist research and scholarship.

Upcoming Events Past Events

Upcoming Events

Lionel McPherson, Dean's Speaker Series'

Anti-Racism and Philosophy

Featuring Lionel McPherson , Associate Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University.
Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at 6pm
Location: Rogers Memorial Chapel

Reception to follow.

Lionel K. McPherson is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard University. McPherson’s research focuses on the fields of ethics and political and social philosophy. McPherson has published a number of essays on normativity, the basis and extent of obligations, war and terrorism, and race in venues such as the  Journal of American Philosophical Association Ethics , and   the  Journal of Philosophy . His first book,  The Afterlife of Race , is forthcoming from Oxford University Press (2022).

Dan-el Padilla Peralta, Dean's Speaker Series'

Anti-Racism and Classical Studies

Featuring Dan-el Padilla Peralta , Associate Professor of Classics at Princeton University.
TBA Spring 2022

Dan-el Padilla Peralta is Associate Professor of Classics at Princeton University, where he is affiliated with the Programs in Latino Studies and Latin American Studies and the University Center for Human Values. A Dominican by birth and New Yorker by upbringing, he holds degrees from Princeton, Oxford, and Stanford. He is the author of Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League (Penguin, 2015) and Divine Institutions: Religions and Community in the Middle Roman Republic (Princeton University Press, 2020); and he has co-edited Rome, Empire of Plunder: The Dynamics of Cultural Appropriation (Cambridge University Press, 2017). His current projects include a co-authored study of 338 BCE and the origins of Roman imperialism (under contract with Harvard University Press), A People’s History of Rome (under contract with Princeton University Press), a co-edited volume on new approaches to the Middle Roman Republic, and a co-authored book-length essay on race and racism in the disciplinary identity of Classics.

Past Events

Anti-Racism and Communication Studies

Featuring Sarah J. Jackson , Presidential Associate Professor and co-director, Media, Inequality & Change Center, University of Pennsylvania.
Thursday, April 29, 2021, at 6pm
Watch video on youtube .

Anti-Racism and Anthropology

Featuring Lee D. Baker , Mrs. A. Hehmeyer Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Sociology, and African and African American Studies at Duke University.
Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 6pm
Watch video on youtube .

Anti-Racism and Sociology

Featuring Mary Pattillo , Harold Washington Professor of Sociology and Chair, Department of African American Studies, Northwestern University.
Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 6pm
Watch video on youtube .

Anti-Racism and Economics

Featuring Gary Hoover , Director, Murphy Institute and Professor of Economics, Tulane University.
Thursday, January 28, 2021, 6pm
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Honeypot: Black Southern Women Who Love Women: A Reading and Conversation

Featuring E. Patrick Johnson , Carlos Montezuma Professor of African American Studies and Performance Studies, Northwestern University
February 3, 2020 at 6 p.m. in the Commons in Diboll Gallery
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