Keynote Addresses

Keynote Speaker at the Royal College of Art, London, UK. Conference entitled, What Should White Culture Do? Title of Talk: "Black Bodies, White Gazes: The Breakdown of Whiteness." November 11, 2017.

Keynote Speaker for the Inaugural Donald Blake Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Culture at Walla Walla University, April 20, 2017.

Keynote Speaker for Speaking the Unspeakable: A Conversation on Colorblindness, Racism, and Antiracism at Arizona State University. Talk entitled: "Removing the Mask of Whiteness." February 17, 2017.

Keynote Speaker of the MLK Convocation at Le Moyne College, January 26, 2017.

Keynote Speaker for the Annual MLK Community Service Award, Emory University, January 19, 2017.

Keynote Speaker for the Southern Illinois University, Edwardville's 11th Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference. Talk entitled: "Dear White America." October 21, 2016.

Keynote Speaker for The Joyce Mitchell Cook Conference. Yale University. Talk entitled: "Joyce Mitchell Cook: Autobiographical and Philosophical Fragments." December 4, 2015.

Keynote speaker for The California Roundtable on Philosophy and Race. University of Dayton. Talk entitled, "Bodies that can't Breathe: How does it Feel to be a Problem?" October 24, 2015.

Keynote speaker for the English Graduate Organization's Annual Interdisciplinary Conference. Talk entitled, "Whiteness and the Ontological Inequality of the Black Body." Indiana University of Pennsylvania, March, 2014.

Keynote speaker for the Society of Adventist Philosophers. "Speaking from Behind the Veil: Whiteness as Anti-Theological." The conference theme was Essentialism: Adventism and Questions of Race and Gender. November, 21, 2013.

Keynote speaker for the Philosophy Department at Villanova University. "Theorizing Racial Embodiment Within Everyday Spaces," Villanova University, September 20, 2013.

Keynote Speaker ("Racism as an Obstacle to Unity") for the Annual OMA Unity Banquet and Scholarship Benefit, April 12, 2013.

Keynote speaker for the Kent State University May 4th Philosophy Graduate Student Conference, Twentieth Anniversary. Paper entitled: "How it Feels to be a Racial Problem." Kent State University, March 16, 2013.

Keynote speaker for the Inaugural Frederick Douglass Philosophy Conference. Paper entitled: "Coming Lithe into the World and Being a Black Philosopher." West Chester University, October, 26, 2012.

Keynote speaker for the Iowa Philosophical Society Conference. Paper entitled: "White Gazes: The Gift and Problem of Seeing Differently." Drake University, October 20, 2012.

Keynote speaker for Philosopher Bill Bywater's retirement at Allegheny College, "Courageous Listening and the Importance of a White Ally," April 20, 2012.

Keynote speaker for the annual meeting of the University Council for Educational Administration. Paper entitled: -Educational Leadership and the Color-Line,' November 18, 2011.

Keynote speaker at the North American Undergraduate Conference in Religion and Philosophy held at Saint Francis University. Theme of conference: -Race in America.' March 25, 2011.

Keynote address (-King on Radical Love-) for -An Evening of Prayer, Song, and Inspiration in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.' at Duquesne University, January 21, 2008.

Author Meets Critics

Author-Meets-Critics American Philosophical Association Session/Conference on my authored book, Black Bodies, White Gazes: The Continuing Significance of Race. Title: -Responses to my co-articulators.' December 30, 2009, New York, NY. The session was arranged by the Committee on Blacks in Philosophy.

Invited Lectures

Invited to give talk at Boston College's Conference: Educating for Modern Democracy. "The Anti-theological and Neo-liberal Problem of Whiteness: Toward an Ontology of No Edges." November 9, 2017.

Invited to give the Annual Mike Ryan Lecture at Kennesaw State University. "The Black Body Through the White Gaze." October 31, 2017.

Invited to give Plenary Talk at Psychology and the Other Conference. Talk entitled, "White Narratives and the Black Body: An Ethics of Un-Suturing and Bodies Without Edges." Respondent, Lynne Jacobs. October 15, 2017.

Invited by Wheaton College to give talk entitled, "'A Post-Racial America': White Gazes, Black Bodies." April 12, 2017.

"A Scream in the Night: White Racism as Anti-Theological." Lecture given at Dartmouth College and sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program, Office of the Provost, Leslie Center for the Humanities, Philosophy Department, English Department, African and African American Studies, Masters of Liberal Studies, Associate Dean for Arts and Humanities, Nelson A. Rockefeller Center, Religion Department, August 14, 2017.

Invited by Bucknell University's The Griot Institute for Africana Studies. Theme: The Black Body (Re) Considered. "Dear White America," April 12, 2017.

Invited by Columbia University's Medical Center's Program in Narrative Medicine. Race, Violence, Justice: The need for Narrative. Plenary Lecture on "Dear White America" and counter-narratives, April 7-9, 2017.

"Feminist Future: Mutual Dialogue." With bell hooks, and Harry Brod, St. Norbert College, April 4, 2017.

"Black Bodies in a so-called Post-racial America." Invited by Fordham University Center for Ethics Education and the Graduate Student Association Masters in Ethics and Society, March 22, 2017.

"Fear of the Black Body: The Elevator Effect." Invited speaker by Middlebury College, in Middlebury, Vermont. March 7, 2017.

American Philosophical Association Central Division. Invited Symposium: Body Aesthetics. Entitled paper, "The Black Body as Disgust and the Aesthetics of Un-suturing," March 2, 2017.

Invited to discuss with Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin (the parents of Trayvon Martin) their new book, The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin: Rest in Power. Event held at the Carter Center. February 7, 2017.

Invited by Davidson College to give Public Lecture regarding my work on Black Embodiment. February 2, 2017.

"How And Why I Teach The Way I Do." Everyday Democracy: Political Action Beyond the Ballot, sponsored by Global and Postcolonial Studies, Emory University, December 2, 2016.

"Whiteness, The Unmarked Norm: Thinking Across Disciplines." Sponsored by the Institute for the Liberal Arts at Emory University, November 17, 2016.

"White Privilege in the Classroom." Sponsored by The Office of Equity and Inclusion at Emory University, October 13, 2016.

"A Conversation with bell hooks." Invited by bell hooks and The bell hooks Institute at Berea College, Berea, KY, October, 10, 2016.

"Nigger is not my Name." The University of Oklahoma Women's and Gender Studies Program and Adult and Higher Education: Bodies that (Don't) Matter, Presidential Dream Course, October 4, 2016.

Invited to be part of a larger panel at Stony Brook University's Bodies and Race Symposium. Talk entitled, "The Black Body and the Weight of the White Gaze. May 6, 2016.

Invited by Columbia University's Medical Center's Program in Narrative Medicine to give a talk entitled, "White Narratives and the Black Body: How it Feels to be a Black Problem." May 4, 2016.

"Fear of the Black Body: The Distorted Lens of Whiteness." Sponsored by the Agnes Scott Chapter of Phi Sigma Tau, Agnes Scott College, April 27, 2016.

"The Ferris E. Reynolds Lecture." Elon University, April 14, 2016.

"The Empty Knapsack: Doing Philosophy in Black." Panelist for the Thinking Privilege, 2016 Mellon Symposium, Haverford College, April 8, 2016.

Panelist for the screening and critical discussion of Arthur Jafa's film, Dreams are Colder than Death at the Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta, Georgia, April 2, 2016.

"The Insidious Nature of Whiteness." Invited to give talk at The Philosophy Circle (Phi Sigma Tau). Emory University, March 22, 2016.

"The Black Body Through the White Gaze: On Being a 'White Problem.'" Invited speaker by University of North Carolina at Wilmington's Philosophy and Religion Department, the Race, Culture and Philosophy Speaker Series, and the Upperman African America Studies Center. February 26, 2016.

"The 'Dangerous' Black Body: The Violence of the White Gaze." Invited speaker at Haverford College by the Peace, Justice and Human Rights Program and the Distinguished Visitors Program, February 22, 2016.

"A Gift to White America: The Power of Un-suturing." Inaugural Philosophy Talk. Emory University, February 4, 2016.

"The Phenomenology of Feeling Like a 'Thing.'" Invited speaker at SPEP (Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy) on session entitled, Critical Philosophy of Race: Thinking Racism Phenomenologically, Culturally, Aesthetically, October 10, 2015.

Plenary speaker for The Twenty-First Century Body: Thinking Merleau-Ponty In and Out of Time. Talk entitled, "I can't Breathe: White Gazing, and the Need for White Un-Suturing." Worster Polytechnic Institute, October 1, 2015.

"How Does It Feel To Be a 'Black Problem'?" Invited speaker at Emerson College on the theme: "Adventures in Ethics, 2015-2016, On Race and Racism," September 22, 2015.

Invited talk entitled "The Black Male Body and the Problem of White Perception."Invited by the Department of Gender Studies at Slippery Rock University, March 18, 2015.

Invited to give the Annual WEB DuBois Lecture at George Mason University. This year's theme is "Policing the Body." Paper entitled, "White Perception as a Form of Policing Black Bodies." February 3, 2015.

Paper presented for APA Committee on the Status of Black Philosophers: Book Launch at the APA Eastern. "On Developing Re-Framing the Practice of Philosophy." December 28, 2014.

Invited paper presented for American Association for the Philosophic Study of Society at the APA Eastern. "Trayvon Martin and Whiteness." December 28, 2014.

Invited talk entitled "The Perception of Black Bodies in 'Post-Racial' America." Invited by the Humanities Advisory Committee at Otterbein University, October 20, 2014.

Invited talk entitled "Fear of Black Bodies and the Problem of Whiteness" at St. Norbert College. The event was in collaboration with the Killeen Chair of Theology and Philosophy & the Cassandra Voss Center, April 1, 2014.

Invited talk entitled "Thinking about Whiteness and the Classroom: Through the Lens of bell hooks" at St. Norbert College, which was a closed faculty development luncheon event, which was Co-sponsored by Faculty Development & the Cassandra Voss Center, April 2, 2014.

Invited lecture entitled "Being Black, Being A 'Problem'" at La Salle University, through the Religion Department, March 14, 2014.

"Exploring Race in Predominantly White Classrooms." Invited speaker at Lebanon Valley College. The event was part of the College's effort to foster inclusive excellence. February 25, 2014.

"How it Feels to be a Racial Problem/Essence: An Elevator Encounter." Invited talk at the University of Connecticut through Neag School of Education and the Philosophy Department. March 3, 2014.

"Whiteness as Normative: The Black Body as a Problem." Invited speaker for the Philosophy Department at Syracuse University, January, 31, 2014.

Invited to give workshop on teaching race in the classroom for the School of Education at Syracuse University, January, 31, 2014.

Invited lecture entitled "Negating Black Personhood through the White Gaze" at Muhlenberg College, through the Women's & Gender Studies Forum: Freedom, Personhood, and Justice, October 22, 2013.

Invited facilitator for workshop entitled, "Talking About Race and Racism in the Classroom." Villanova University, September 20, 2013.

"Encountering Whiteness: The Black Body as the Dangerous Other." Featured Presentation for Belmont University's 12th Annual Humanities Symposium: Encountering Otherness. Belmont University, September 25, 2013.

"Black and White Bodies: An Encounter." Invited speaker for the Philosophy Department at the University of Oklahoma, September 27, 2013.

Invited lecture to Twelfth Grade Students: "Racist Gazes and the Case of Adam Goodes," Hale College, Western Australia, June 14, 2013.

Invited lecture to the Philosophy Club: "Rethinking Descartes' Project Through the Black Experience," Hale College, Western Australia, June 13, 2013.

Invited Speaker ("Whiteness as Normative: The Black Body as a Problem") for the Indigenous Studies Research Network Annual Seminar Series at Queensland University of Technology, June 7, 2013.

Diversity Scholar In Residence Public Lecture entitled: "Embeddedness and Opacity: Putting Whiteness in Crisis in Classroom Spaces," Allegheny College, April 9, 2013.

Invited to give the Chi Phi Biff Hoffman Lecture entitled: "Racial Embodiment." Bucknell University, April 4th, 2013.

Invited paper at the American Philosophical Association Central Division on the session theme: Philosophically Pursuing Trayvon Martin. Title of Paper: "Trayvon Martin: When Effortless Grace is Sacrificed on the Altar of the Image," February 21, 2013.

Invited Public Lecture Presentation, "Putting Whiteness in Crisis: White Gazes, Black Bodies," University of British Columbia, February 13, 2013.

Invited lecture (via video conference) to speak with Dr. Naomi Zack's Philosophy of Race (Graduate) course at the University of Oregon, October 9, 2012.

Invited paper, 'When Essence Precedes Existence: An Elevator Encounter,' for The Shula Lecture Series on Bodies and Identities, John Carroll University, April 13, 2012.

Invited paper, "How Can You Teach Me if You Don't Know Me: Embedded Racism and White Opacity" at the Philosophy of Education Society (PES), March 23, 2012.

Invited paper (entitled, 'Rap Therapy: Per-conditions') at the -One Mic, One Movement- Conference at Fordham University, February 4, 2012.

Invited paper (entitled, 'Whiteness, Racial Embodiment and the Challenges of -Diversity- in Higher Education-). Invited through the Bastian Foundation Diversity Lecture Series at Westminster College, January 1, 2012.

Invited paper (entitled, 'What it Feels like to be an Essence-) at the American Philosophical Association Eastern Division, Washington, DC, on the philosophical theme of racial embodiment. December 29, 2011.

Invited lecture (via video conference) to speak to Dr. Naomi Zack's Philosophy of Race course at the University of Oregon. There were two lectures, one for graduate students and one for undergraduate students. May 9, 2011.

Invited paper at the American Philosophical Association Eastern Division on the invited Symposium theme: Frederick Douglass, Slavery, the Existential Self. Title of paper: -Anti-Blackness, Whiteness as the Serious Man, and Douglass as Transcendence: An Existentialist Lens,' April 1, 2011.

Invited by The Society of Analytical Feminism to present a paper entitled, 'Narrative Descriptions from the Ground Up: Epistemological and Existential Importance- at the Eastern Division of the APA, December 29, 2010.

Invited lecture entitled -The Black Body through the Prism of Whiteness' at the University of Wittenberg, September 30, 2010.

Invited lecture entitled -Black Bodies and White Racialized Practices' at the University of Memphis, September 17, 2010.

Invited lectures on Philosophy of Religion and Philosophy of Race to Twelfth Grade Students at Hale College, Western Australia, August 3, 2010.

Invited lecture entitled -Whiteness: Some Problems and Approaches' at the Equal Opportunity Commission, Western Australia, June 28, 2010.

Invited lecture entitled -White Gazes and the Construction of the Black Body: The Elevator Effect- at Murdoch University, Western Australia, May 19, 2010.

Invited lecture entitled -White Microtomy and Black Volatility: Where is my Body?- at the 10th Annual Philosophy Symposium at California State University, Fullerton, April 8-9, 2010.

Invited lecture entitled -White Gazes and the Volatile Black Body.' Guest at several classes to present my work to philosophy undergraduates, Alleghany College, November 9-12, 2009.

Invited lecture and seminar entitled -The Black Male Body and the White Imaginary.' University of Kentucky, Women and Gender Studies Department, October 28-29, 2009.

Invited lecture entitled -White Looks/Black Bodies.' Applied Philosophy Lyceum, Middle Tennessee State University, Department of Philosophy, April 11, 2008.

Invited Lecture entitled -Living Whiteness, Living Blackness' at Johns Hopkins University, which was sponsored by the Center for Africana Studies' Seminar Series, March 6, 2007.

Invited lecture entitled -Race and the Black Body- at Slippery Rock University, which was sponsored by the SRU Center for Applied and Professional Ethics, Intercultural Programs and the Frederick Douglass Institute, 2007.

Invited Lecture on -Race: White Bodies, Black Bodies.' Res Cogitans Speaker Series at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, October 27, 2006.

Invited lecture on the embodied ramifications of race. Third Thursday Lecture Series at the University of Pittsburgh - Bradford Campus, September 29, 2006.

Invited Lecture on -Whiteness and the Black Body.' Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana, November 1, 2005.

Invited Talk on "Three Smaller Movements: Philly, African-American philosophy, and Alain Locke." Temple University Conference on Africana Philosophy in Three Movements, April 7-8, 2005.

"Whiteness and the Return of the Black Body." Guest lecture at Duquesne University, Psychology Department, October 12, 2004.

"Cornel West and Race Matters." Guest lecture at Duquesne University, for Dr. Eleanor Holveck's Ethics class, 2002.

"The Meaning of African-American Philosophy Through the Qualitative Mode of Interviewing." Center of Interpretive and Qualitative Research, Duquesne University, April 19, 2001.

"A Foucauldian (Genealogical) Reading of Whiteness: The Production of the Black Body/Self and the Racial Pathology of Pecola Breedlove in Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye." Guest lecture at Duquesne University, Psychology Department, October 9, 2000.

"Black Women and a Christological Hermeneutics of Location." Theology Graduate Colloquium, Duquesne University, October 19, 2000.

Panel Discussions

A Panelist (along with Connie Parker, President, NAACP, Pittsburgh Chapter, and Cameron McLay, Chief of Police, City of Pittsburgh) for the Human Rights Film Series. We discussed Tim Wise's film, White Like Me: Race, Power & White Privilege in America, January 22, 2015

Presentation entitled -Whiteness and the Black Body: Implications for Doing Philosophy in Black- at the American Studies Association Conference. Panel title, 'The Past Future of Whiteness Studies: Studying Whiteness from an Ethnic Studies Perspective,' November 7, 2009.

Invited Panel discussion leader, 'Black Women in/and the Profession of Philosophy,' Committee on Blacks and Philosophy, American Philosophical Association-Eastern Division Conference, December 28, 2005.

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