MIT's Sally Haslanger Will Discuss Racism and Social Critique at Simco Lecture

February 16, 2016- "Beyond Belief: Racism and Social Critique" will be the topic as the University of Memphis welcomes Sally Haslanger for its Simco Lecture Thursday, March 3, in the University Center Theatre. A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the lecture at 6 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Parking is available in the Zach Curlin garage adjacent to the University Center.

Haslanger is Ford Professor of Philosophy and Women's and Gender Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has held faculty positions at Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan and University of California-Irvine, and was the Spinoza Professor at the University of Amsterdam in 2015. Haslanger has published widely in metaphysics, epistemology, feminist theory and critical race theory. Her book Resisting Reality: Social Construction and Social Critique won the Joseph B. Gittler Award for work in philosophy of the social sciences.

She is a committed advocate for diversity in philosophy, and in 2010 she was named Distinguished Woman Philosopher of the Year by the Society for Women in Philosophy. In 2013-14, Haslanger served as president of the American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015.

The Simco Lecture is jointly sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and the Marcus Orr Center for the Humanities.

Gabrielle Maxey