03/05/20 - Richard J. Burke Lecture in Philosophy, Religion and Society

Richard J. Burke Lecture in Philosophy, Religion and Society
03/05/2020, 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
March 05
2020/03/05 19:00
Thursday, March 05, 2020
07:00 PM
09:00 PM

Designed to tackle some of today’s compelling issues — from war to religion to sexual ethics — the Richard J. Burke Lecture in Philosophy, Religion and Society sparks serious, thought-provoking discussions between scholars, students and the community.

Dr. Nancy Tuana discusses Racial Climates

Environmental and climate justice efforts have focused on disproportionate impacts of anthropogenic climate change on communities impacted by racist prejudices and on low- income communities. Such a focus on injustices concerning current impacts of climate change and other environmental harms obscures the underlying legacies of oppression that are woven into our shared climate. What is needed is recognition of racial climates. Targeting the lineages of the values, concepts, and practices that ground current climate regimes, in this case those animated by (though never exclusively by) racism, provides an understanding of the ways lineages of oppression and environmental exploitation are interwoven.

Dr. Nancy Tuana is the DuPont class of 1949 professor of philosophy and women’s studies. She was the founding director of Penn State’s Rock Ethics Institute. Dr. Tuana’s scholarly work ranges across the field of feminist philosophy and engages both Continental and American philosophical traditions. Her scholarly work includes books and articles in feminist history of philosophy, epistemologies of ignorance, and feminist science studies, with particular expertise in intersectional approaches to environmental issues and coupled ethical-epistemic issues in climate change science. Her most recent book, written with Charles Scott, entitled “Beyond Philosophy: Nietzsche, Foucault, Anzaldúa” is forthcoming with Indiana University Press.

Join us for this thought-provoking lecture. Admission is free, but reservations are requested. To reserve your space, call (248) 370-3390 or email zimmerm2@oakland.edu.

About Richard J. Burke (1932-2012) - As the first faculty member hired at Oakland University, Richard Burke watched OU evolve from promising beginnings to a present day filled with possibility. To help bring those possibilities to fruition, he established the annual Richard J. Burke Lecture in Philosophy, Religion and Society.


Oakland Center (OC)

Banquet Room A

312 Meadow Brook Road

Rochester , MI 48309-4454

Contact Information
Ann Zimmerman