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George Yancy: Schedule of public events, Allegheny 2022
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Fall 2022, Visiting Scholar George Yancy on Campus

The Bywater Fund for Social Justice Programming presents Visiting Scholar George Yancy, the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Philosophy at Emory University.  Georg Yancy is a prolific public intellectual and a prominent theorist of philosophy of race: a regular contributor to and interviewer for the New York Times Opinions, and author or editor of more than a dozen academic books focused upon the study of race and whiteness, and critical phenomenology and embodiment. He is among the most prominent scholars reflecting upon the Black experience in America.

Professor George Yancy will arrive on campus each Monday to engage in lectures, discussions, course visits and other aspects of campus life. He maintains three regular commitments during his time at Allegheny, teaching one class that Allegheny students are invited to join, attending another that students, faculty and staff are invited to join, and delivering a series of three evening lectures to the campus and community.

Outside of those times, Professor Yancy will have much open time to meet with campus and community each Monday. For details and to discuss possibilities for scheduling his time, please contact Professor Eric Palmer, epalmer@allegheny.edu.

George Yancy Public Schedule (Mondays, Fall 2022)

(Contact Eric Palmer epalmer@allegheny.edu, for scheduling questions)

Monday, September 5

2:00-3:30 Office hours (Oddfellows Hall 211)

7 PM, Tillotson Room, Tippie Alumni Center. First public lecture: “Why is George Yancy here?” Poster.  Recording (30 minutes, available through Allegheny ID login).

October 10 – not on campus (fall break for Allegheny College)

October 17

Available 2:00-3:00 Office hours (Oddfellows Hall 211)

7PM: Watch Party: Location TBA
What is the meaning of life, and what is the place of suffering in a good life? Join us to watch the webinar (1 hour) and then engage in discussion for another half hour or so. Along with Allegheny students and profs, visiting professor
George Yancy (Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Philosophy at Emory University) will join us as we discuss the ideas from the webinar and their applications.
How Philosophy Helps Us Find Our Way: Webinar
“Setiya offers us a map for navigating rough terrain, from personal trauma and chronic pain to the injustice and absurdity of the world, showing how the tools of philosophy can help us find out way.”  ABOUT THE PANELISTS
Kieran Setiya (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Anil Gomes (Trinity College, Oxford). Webinar series organized by The Boston Review and The Philosopher.

 

October 24

Available 2:00-3:30 Office hours (Oddfellows Hall 211)

7 PM, Tillotson Room, Tippie Alumni Center. Second public lecture: “Black Body Trauma and the "Innocence" of Whiteness” [Poster]
Abstract: In this talk, I will discuss both spectacular and mundane ways in which the Black body experiences moments of deep trauma arising from violent white gazes, white policing, white mythomania, and white normativity. Black bodies are deemed abject and their humanity questioned through the framework of the structure of whiteness. This talk explores the "innocence" of whiteness and the violence that it reproduces. Given this, can we make sense of a distinction between "good" white people and "bad" white people? I argue that whiteness should be in crisis – disoriented and aware of its own toxicity – if Black bodies are to exist and move within the world with effortless grace. 

October 31

Available 2:00-3:30 Office hours (Oddfellows Hall 211)

November 7

Available 2:00-3:30 Office hours (Oddfellows Hall 211)

November 14

Available 2:00-3:00 Office hours (Oddfellows Hall 211)

November 21

Available 2:00-3:30 Office hours (Oddfellows Hall 211)

November 28

Available 2:00-3:30 Office hours (Oddfellows Hall 211)

December 5

Available 2:00-3:30 Office hours (Oddfellows Hall 211)

Third lecture: 7 PM, Tillotson Room, Tippie Alumni Center.

Title: “Love: A refusal to accept whiteness.”

“Love: A Refusal to Accept Whiteness,” is the most recent extension of a 25 year exploration of the continuing significance of race in America. I argue that the American social order is a continuing reinforcement of a project of whiteness. If freedom can be wrested from this condition, whiteness will require its own dismantlement, its own undoing, in an apocalypse that results from the power of love. Whiteness is antithetical to a form of love that requires deep vulnerability. Accessing this deep vulnerability requires unmasking the ways in which whiteness seeks to avoid being revealed and being faced. Love is a necessary site of radical transformation, a refusal to hide behind walls of innocence.”

A reception to thank George Yancy and engage in further discussion follows the lecture.

December 12

Available 2:00-3:30 Office hours (Oddfellows Hall 211)

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