Professor Luvell Anderson, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Syracuse University
Abstract: "Inclusivity" and “diversity” have become hot buzzwords in academia. There has been much discussion about what these expressions mean and how to incorporate them in a way that produces more diverse and inclusive environments. One means for attempting to do so has been through course redesign and syllabus construction. If we accept that syllabi construction is an important means for creating diverse and inclusive environments, how then are we to go about it? In this talk, Luvell Anderson will discuss some models for how to think about this issue while also reflecting on what broader implications such strategies could have for redesigning academia itself. The upshot is that how one conceives of achieving diversity and inclusion depends, at least in part, on how one conceives of the extent of diversity problems as well as the shape of one’s discipline.
Bio: Professor Anderson (PhD, Rutgers University) is currently Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Affiliate Faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies at Syracuse University. His research lies principally in Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Race, and Aesthetics. He has published articles on the semantics of racial slurs and on racist humor and is co-editor of the Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Race (Routledge Press). Professor Anderson is currently working on a book, The Ethics of Racial Humor, which explores themes of race, humor, and the connection between ethics and aesthetics.
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This lecture is part of a series of public lectures from the Center for Engaged Pedagogy entitled, Beyond Content: Restructuring Core Courses for Inclusion. The CEP has invited scholars in each of the divisions to share their inclusive published approaches to teaching in four different fields: the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and STEM.