The UCD Philosophy Department holds a colloquium series each fall and spring semester. In addition, the
Department hosts one distinguished speaker to give our annual Honi Haber Memorial Lecture. All lectures are free and open to the public, and speakers range from our department faculty to philosophers from around the world. The lecture series is a great way to learn about current research and to get to know the philosophical interests of our faculty and students, as most lectures are followed up by discussion. Philosophy students also have exclusive access to the DVD recordings of past department lectures.
Our department is excited to share the information for our Fall 2016 speaker series.
All speaker series events will be held in the Haber Library unless otherwise noted:
Plaza Building, Room M108-A
955 Lawrence St., Auraria Campus
Conversation and light refreshments follow most of our lecture events.
The Philosophy Department's speaker series is supported by contributions Karen and Tony Hinkel of TKH Realty. Karen is an alumni of the CU Denver Philosophy Department. The department is most grateful.
- “Living for Beauty: Pater, Plato, and Whitehead” J. Thomas Howe, Regis University. September 15 │2 PM
Please join us for this very intriguing lecture!
Dr. Howe is a Ph. D. recipient in Religion from Claremont Graduate University
where he completed his dissertation, “Whitehead, Nietzsche, and the Problem of
Nihilism”. Currently, he is an Associate
Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Honors Program at Regis
What would it mean to live for beauty? To
pursue and create it, to direct one’s self, always, towards its proximity? What
would such a life look like and would it provide sufficient sustenance and be
capable of carrying us along towards an affirmation of the fundamental worth of
human life? As a way of getting into these large questions, I will put
forward some thoughts about the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead and his
idea that life should be lived “aesthetically.” In particular, I will
compare key issues of Whitehead’s philosophy with the writings of Plato and
Walter Pater. All three are greatly interested in beauty, especially in
terms of the ways in which it is an essential element of human life.
“How Does Kantian Virtue Differ from Aristotelian Continence-and Aristotelian Virtue?” Garrett Bredeson, University of Colorado Boulder. October 11 │3 PM
- "Re-thinking Addiction" Candice Shelby, University of Colorado Denver. November 10 │2 PM
We look forward to seeing you!
VIDEO OF PAST LECTURES! Watch past lectures by visiting our YouTube channel. Click here.
- "Plato and the Moving Image: Sovereignty and Seduction in the Phaedrus"
Dr. Sara Brill, Fairfield University. (March 9)
- PhiloSOPHIA 10th Annual Conference
Various Speakers, Free to all CU Denver and Boulder students (March 11-12)
- "Sand Creek, Wounded Knee, and the Agency of American Empire" Dr. Scott Pratt, University of Oregon. (April 21)
"The Race Idea in Reproductive Technologies"
Camisha Russell, University of California, Irvine. (September 22)
"Friendship and Virtue in Plato's Republic"
Rachel Singpurwalla, University of Maryland. (October 1)
"Shareholders Do Not Own the Firm"
David Chandler, CU Denver Business School. (November 10)
"The Sounds of Climate Change: Sonic Rhetoric in a Volatile Age"
Michelle Comstock, CU Denver Associate Professor of English. (February 3)
"The Mumbling Children and the Wild Fighters: On Aristotle's Analogies of Inarticulate Knowledge in Metaphysics A"
Jeff Golub, CU Denver International College of Beiing. (February 18)
"Listening, Tolerance, and Hospitality: Values for Diverse Democracies"
Carolyn Cusick, Califorinia State University, Fresno. (March 5)
"Gender, Climate Change, and the Anthropocene"
Jack Halberstam, University of Southern California. (April 1)
HONI HABER MEMORIAL LECTURE: "The Malice of Rage: Heidegger's Account of the Essensce of Evil"
Robert Bernasconi, Pennsylavania State University. (May 1)
"The Unruly Origins of Patriarchy: Beauvoir, Freud, and Nietzsche"
- Shannon Mussett, Utah Valley University. (September 12)
"Taking the Humans to Court: An Islamic Debate on Animal Slavery"
Katharine Loevy, Pacific University
& Richard McGregor, Vanderbilt University. (February 20)
"How is Ethics Possible as a Science?"
Henrik Rydenfelt, University of Helsinki. (March 11)
HONI HABER MEMORIAL LECTURE: "The Eugenic Structure of Mass Incarceration"
Lisa Guenther, Vanderbilt University. (April 22)
"Nonreductive Natural Laws"
Mark Bauer, CU Denver Research Assistant Professor of Philosophy. (May 1)
"American Philosophy Before Pragmatism: Emerson and Thoreau"
- Russell Goodman, University of New Mexico
James Reid, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Rick Furtak, Colorado College. (September 26)
- "The Situation of Epistemology in Plato's Theaetetus"
Robert Metcalf, CU Denver Associate Professor of Philosophy. (October 15)
- "Cases of Solution: Badiou and Deleuze on Multiple Being"
Becky Vartabedian, Regis College, UCD alumna. (October 29)
- "'The Natural History of Religion' in Hume's Critique of Religious Belief"
Liz Goodnick, Metro State University. (November 14)
"Digital Technology in a Postmodern World."
Raphael Sassower, Professor of Philosophy, University of Colorado- Colorado Springs. (February 12)
"Addiction: An Irreducible Reality."
Candice Shelby, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Colorado- Denver. (February 28)
Front Range Ancient Philosophy Group
Naomi Reshotko, University of Denver
Shane Ewegen, Stonehill College
Sonja Tanner, University of Colorado- Colorado Springs. (March 15)
HONI HABER MEMORIAL LECTURE: "The Future of Whiteness."
Linda Alcoff, Professor of Philosophy, City University of New York, President of the American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division. (April 3)
"Law, State, and Revolution."
Bill Lewis, Associate Professor and Chair of Philosophy, Skidmore College. (May 6)
- "Immigrant Narratives and Phenomenology."
Carlos Alberto Sánchez, Associate Professor of Philosophy, San José State University. (September 5)
- "Drawing a Line in the Sand: How to Reason With Vague Terms."
Helen Daly, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Colorado College. (September 24)
“The Charms of Reconstruction: Pragmatism as a neglected tradition in social philosophy.”
Dr. Roberto Frega, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. (October 3)
"The normative creature: rethinking ethics and politics in a time of change & crisis."
Campus Talk by Dr. Roberto Frega, presented by University of Colorado Denver Department of Philosophy and the Office of Student Life. (October 8)
- “The Reversible Flesh of Women and Nonhuman Animals: Thinking Connection and Difference in Feminist and Decolonial Ethics.” (January 30)
- “Uchronic History: Michèle Le Doeuff on Reclamation.” (February 1)
- "Ethics of Emotion in Health Care.” (February 13)
- “The Cosmopolitan Address.”
Noëlle McAfee, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Emory University. (March 12)
- HONI HABER MEMORIAL LECTURE: "From Scientific Socialism to Socialist Science: Naturdialektik Then and Now."
Adrian Johnston, University of New Mexico- Albuquerque. (April 30)
- "Hegel and Egypt: From Orientalism to Recognition."
Chad Kautzer, Assistant Professor, UCD Department of Philosophy. (September 20)
- “Decoupling Teleosemantics and Selection.”
Mark Bauer, Visiting Assistant Professor, UCD Department of Philosophy.(October 18)
- “Moral Realism and the Epistemological Objection.”
Beth Tropman, Assistant Professor, CSU Department of Philosophy. (November 14)
- "Pragmatic Objectivity."
David Hildebrand, UCD Philosophy Department. (February 16)
- "Women as Weapons of Modern Warfare?”
Kelly Oliver, W. Alton Jones, Chair of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University. (March 14)
- HONI HABER MEMORIAL LECTURE: “Who Am I Really? Personal Identity in the Age of the Internet.”
Albert Borgmann, University of Montana. (March 30)
- "Obstacles to Ethical Know-How: A Comparative Approach."
Ashby Butnor, Metro State University, Department of Philosophy. (April 20)
- September 21: Rashomon [epistemology, relativism]
- September 28: Gattaca [ethics, broadly speaking]
- October 5: Being John Malkovich [personal identity]
- October 12: Run Lola Run [freedom, determinism]
- October 19: Fight Club [freedom, existentialism]
- October 26: Dogville [ethics, virtue]
- November 2: Clockwork Orange [ethics, utilitarianism]
- November 9: The Seventh Seal [ethics, meaning, religion]
- November 16: Ordet [faith, religion]
- November 30: La Voie lacte [faith, reason]
- December 7: Teorema [the meaning of life]
Archive: A list of talks from 2005 - Spring 2010 is here.
The Philosophy Department's Speaker Series is supported by contributions from friends and alumni of the UCD Philosophy Department. The Department is most grateful.