Racial Inequality Conference

MAR 09, 2018 | 9:00 AM TO 5:45 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


9100: Skylight Room


March 09, 2018: 9:00 AM-5:45 PM




The Center for the Humanities & Ph.D. Program in Philosophy


The United States, supposedly founded on the “self-evident” principle of human equality, has in fact been a profoundly racially unequal society from the start. Yet for many years the striving for racial justice and racial equality has been obscured by an evasive discourse of “diversity.” Particularly with the recent rise of white nationalism, however, it has become urgently important to recognize and address the ongoing inequalities of race. This 2-day interdisciplinary conference will bring together 18 theorists from a wide array of subjects—philosophy, political theory, ethnic studies, critical psychology, urban studies, gender theory, and anthropology—to look from their distinctive perspectives at the enduring problem of racial inequality, and how it is perpetuated in a democratic society.

Alia Al-Saji (Philosophy: McGill University)
Bernard Boxill (Philosophy: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, emeritus)                  
Derrick Darby (Philosophy: University of Michigan)
Michelle Fine (Critical Psychology: CUNY Grad Center)
Mark Golub (Politics: Scripps College)
Juliet Hooker (Political Science: Brown University)
Frank Kirkland (Philosophy: Hunter College & CUNY Grad Center)
Nelson Maldonado-Torres (Latino & Caribbean Studies: Rutgers University)
Howard McGary (Philosophy: Rutgers University)                                     
José Mendoza (Philosophy: University of Massachusetts-Lowell)  
Naomi Murakawa (African-American Studies: Princeton University)
Michael Paris (Political Science & Global Affairs: CUNY Staten Island)
Tommie Shelby (Philosophy: Harvard University) 
Falguni Sheth (Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies: Emory University)
Stephen Steinberg (Urban Studies: Queens College & CUNY Grad Center)
Ronald Sundstrom (Philosophy: University of San Francisco)
Andrew Valls (Political Science: Oregon State)
Gary Wilder (Anthropology: CUNY Grad Center)

Co-organizers: Charles W. Mills and Linda Martín Alcoff.

Free and open to the public, the conference will take place on Friday, March 9th in the Skylight Room (9100) and Saturday, March 10th in the Elebash Recital Hall.

Co-sponsored by the PhD Program in Philosophy and the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY.