Upcoming Events

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RPA - 2022 Conference Theme

The past several years have been characterized by an onslaught of crises and catastrophes: a global pandemic, a relentless lethal battle against racism, dramatic weather patterns and forest fires, the culmination of an imperial tug-of-war between NATO and Russia, gun violence (both state-sanctioned and otherwise), a battle against reproductive rights, and continual, multi-faceted economic hardship. We have a lot to critique, from neglectful and exclusionary healthcare policies, to inequitable and gendered care burdens, to systemic racism, to industrial perpetrators of climate change, and the entanglement of all this with the profit motive of capitalism and colonial logics. But this year, we will shift our focus from critique to praxis. Because, along with our critiques, we are inspired to build anew as we divest from systems and structures that enforce injustice. Fredric Jameson said, “It is easier to imagine the end of the world than to imagine the end of capitalism.” Imagining a new world requires a bold and courageous imagination, one that is capable of conceiving radical new realities. Do we truly believe that "another world is possible"? Can we speculate about the concrete details of that world (and/or look to the past for inspiration for the future)? As the title of this year's conference is a nod to Karl Marx's famous adage, "Philosophers have only interpreted the world, the point however is to change it," we hope to share ideas about this process of social transformation, so that theory can transform into practice and the future we hope to see. Keynote Speakers: Peter Frase, of Jacobin magazine editorial board and author of Four Futures: Life After Capitalism Dr. Alfred Frankowski, author of The Post-Racial Limits of Memorialization: Toward a Political Sense of Mourning Book Panels Dr. Tru Leverette, author of With Fists Raised: Radical Art, Contemporary Activism, and the Iconoclasm of the Black Arts Movement Dr. George Forlas, author of Anti-Colonial Solidarity: Race, Reconciliation, and MENA Liberation Dr. Travis Holloway, author of How to Live at the End of the World: Theory, Art, and Politics for the Anthropocene

Past Events

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Keynote Speaker

 

2022

McNair & ROP Emerging Scholars Ceremony `

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.

2021

"Wilson Usedo: Si Se Puede" Award Recipient

& Class of 2021 Graduation Ceremony

Latino Cultural Center

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.

Invited Talks

 

2021

“Mujerista Ethics: Reimagining Self-Ownership”

Phil/Rels Conversations: Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies.

Ball State University, Muncie, IN.

2021

“The Non-Hispanic "Hispanics: Gitanos Adding more Complexity to the Ethnorace”

Hispanic Heritage Month Series: Latinx & Latin American Studies, and Department of Philosophy.

SUNY (State University of New York), Cortland, NY.

2020

"How Does Capitalism Create an Identity Crisis for Our Species?"

PurSysT (Purdue Systems Thinkers) Colloquium Series.

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.

2018

“The Double-Standard of Nomadism: Who’s Allowed to Move? On Gitanos ("Gypsies") of Spain,”

RPA Panel: Radical and Indigenous Philosophy.

American Philosophical Association (APA) Central Division, Chicago, IL.

2016

“Capitalism and Human Nature,”

Purdue Polymath Society Colloquium.

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.

 

Presentations (selected)
2020

“Teaching Philosophy of Race,”

Teaching the Philosophy of Race Panel/Symposium.

Philosophy of Education Society, Pittsburg, PA.

2017   

“The Womanist and Mujerista Critique of Self-Ownership,”

Inclusive Philosophies Conference

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.

2016   

"The Fetishization of Individual Freedom: How a False Social Ontology Has Taken Over the World, and What Can Be Put in Its Place,"

12th Biennial RPA Conference: 21st-Century Socialism, Concepts and Visions.

University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.

2016  

“Finding Consistency Between Social Ontology and Political Arrangements: A Critique of the Neoliberal              Concept of Human,”

Graduate Student Symposium.

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.

2015   

“Organizing the Precariat Class as a Strategy for Systemic Transformation,”

Renovación Socialista y Crisis Capitalista conference.

University of Havana, Havana, Cuba.

2013  

“Deterritorializing Paris: The Situationist International as a Nomadic War Machine,”

Stony Brook University Philosophy and the Arts Conference.

Stony Brook University, New York, NY.

2013  

“The Paris Commune,”

International Socialist Organization Lecture Series.

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.

2012  

“An Analysis of Creativity as a Cure to the Existential Crisis,”

The 13th National Conference for McNair Scholars.

University of Maryland, College Park, MD.

2011   

“Warhol Enacting Heidegger’s Transition to the Postmodern,”

UNM Undergraduate Research & Creativity Conference.

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.

2011   

“The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus and Philosophy,”

Phi Sigma Tau Film and Philosophy Series.

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.

 

Commentator

2019  

Victor Guerra’s “How to Deal with Kant’s Racism: In and Out of the Classroom”

Race and Education Panel.

American Philosophical Association (APA) Eastern Division Meeting, New York, NY.

2020

Elvira Basevich's "What is an Anti-Racist Philosophy of Race in Kant and Hegel?"

Hegel and the Unity of Science Conference.

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.

 

Chair

2019  

Author Meets Critics: Linda Martin Alcoff’s “Rape and Resistance”

American Philosophical Association (APA) Central Division Meeting, Denver, CO.

2016  

Panel: “Non-Violence and Suffering,”

12th Biennial RPA Conference: 21st-Century Socialism, Concepts and Visions.

University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.

2016  

Panel: “Power, Violence, and Vulnerability”

Philosophy Born of Struggle. Theorizing within Revolt: Black Power, Black Life, & Black Thought -

The Role of Africana Philosophy in 21st Century Struggles.

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.

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