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Department of Philosophy Colloquium Series

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.

     All speaker series events will be held in the Haber Library unless otherwise noted:

Plaza Building, Room M108-A

955 Lawrence St., Auraria Campus

(303) 556-4868

           Conversation and light refreshments follow most of our lecture events. 

We look forward to seeing you!

Our Donors

The Philosophy Department's speaker series is supported by contributions Karen and Tony Hinkel of TKH Realty.  

TKH Realty is an independent, locally-owned company that fully supports local initiatives to preserve and improve our community’s quality of life. As Denver’s “Philanthropic Real Estate Company™” they donate to Denver Non-Profits. 

Karen Hinkel is an alumni of the CU Denver Philosophy Department. The department is most grateful. 

Previous Lectures
VIDEO OF PAST LECTURES! Watch past lectures by visiting our YouTube channel. Click here.

Spring 2017
  • “Animal Refugees, Climate Change, and a Foundation for a Land Ethic of the Anthropocene”                                                                                         February 3│11 AM
  • With the emergence of climate change, climate refugees are increasingly becoming a part of the current global-political landscape. Roughly, “climate refugees” should be understood as beings (be those human or non-human) who are forced to leave their communities due do the effects of a changing climate. This presentation identifies ethical concerns at the level of 1) the individual, 2) the environment, and 3) the species and wider justice concerns. It ends with the argument that a single ethical approach is not enough. We need to take each of these types of concerns into account when faced with the myriad of potential impacts associated with animal climate refugees.

  • “Re-reading Kantian Hospitality                                                               February 6│3:30 PM
  • The ideal of universal hospitality, which has its philosophical roots in Kant's thought, continues to occupy an important role in current social and political philosophy. In this talk, I will provide a re-reading of this ideal and show that the way Kant frames it has very little to do with how we understand it today: rather than being an unconditional and reciprocal obligation, the Kantian right to hospitality is a very circumscribed right meant to bind the conduct of European commercial states. I then explore how this re-reading may allow us to better contextualize the current appeals to hospitality.

  • "W.E.B Du Bois's Racialism and Two Liberal Conceptions of Plurality"         February 17│11 AM
  • What do we mean when we say that race is ‘real’? Political philosophers and philosophers of race agree that what makes race ‘real’ is the social meaning society gives it, identifying it as a social construct.  In this talk, I present W.E.B Du Bois’s account of the social construction of race in the United States.  On Du Bois’s view, the social construction of race prefigures individual volition, without wholly determining it. Racial embodiment attests to the historical sedimentation of patterns of meaning-making emerging from the institutions of slavery and Jim Crow that we have the civic obligation to confront explicitly. The liberal models of plurality, however, sever race from its historically-sedimented meaning, such that the memory of the past – the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow, black sorrow, and resistance – risks falling into oblivion, even as these historical memories continue to inform implicitly the organization of the basic structure of modern American society.

  • "Time of Debt: The Production of Subjectivity in Capitalism"                 February 21│3:30 PM
  • This paper explores the relation between time and subject formation in financial capitalism, arguing that the debt-based economy produces "melancholic subjectivity.' It consists of three parts: In Part I, I show that time under financial capitalism is largely subordinated to the movement of capital. Specifically I look at Deleuze’s reading of Marx’s theory of money, with a particular focus on his discussion of self-generating capital and credit-debt. In Part II, I demonstrate how time subordinated to monetary movement functions as a structure under which the subject is produced. Here I draw upon Deleuze’s remarks on the condition of contemporary subjects – “Man is no longer man enclosed, but man in debt” –, and analyze the temporality of  ‘indebtedness.’ In Part III, based on Deleuze’s three syntheses of time, I claim that the temporal structure of debt produces a melancholic subject, characterized by a dominance of the past and a pre-empted future.  

Fall 2016
  • "Living for Beauty: Pater, Plato, and Whitehead"
    J. Thomas Howe, Regis University. (September 15) 
  • "How Does Kantian Virtue Differ from Aristotelian Continence-and Aristotelian Virtue?" Garrett Bredeson, University of Colorado Boulder. (October 11 )
  • "RE-thinking Addiction"                                                                                               Dr. Candice Shelby, University of Colorodo Denver. (November 10)
Spring 2016
  • "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) 
Fall 2015
  • "Philosophy in the World: Roundtable with Alumni"
    Brian Brinkerhoff, Lauren Davison, Kathy White; CU Denver Alumni. (September 3) 

  • "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)

Spring 2015
  • "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)  

Fall 2014

 "The Unruly Origins of Patriarchy: Beauvoir, Freud, and Nietzsche"

  • Shannon Mussett, Utah Valley University. (September 12)
Spring 2014
  • "Heidegger on Animality"
    Mark Tanzer, CU Denver Professor of Philosophy. (February 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) 

Fall 2013
  "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)
Spring 2013  
  • "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) 
Fall 2012 
  • "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) 

Spring 2012 

  • "Contradictions and Paradoxes in K nowledge and Wisdom Traditions."
    Ivan Mayerhofer, Colorado College Department of Philosophy. (January 25) 
  • “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) 

Fall 2011  

  • "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)  
Spring 2011 
  • "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)  
Fall 2010  
Film Series 
  • 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.
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