Race, Gender and Justice Lecture Series

As part of our commitment to social justice (link), the philosophy department is developing a 5-year series of public lectures on Race, Gender and Justice, beginning in 2021.

Funded by the Mark J. Byrne 1985 Fund in Philosophy, which is an endowment established in 1996 to help support the study of philosophy at Dartmouth College.

2022-2023 Lectures


Friday, March 31, 2023
Shelbi Nahwilet Meissner, Georgetown University
41 Haldeman

Talk title: "Indigenous Feminist Interventions in Post-Traumatic Relationality"

Talk description: "Non-Indigenous conceptions of trauma have been weaponized against Indigenous communities in many neoliberal arenas; from language revitalization to social work, Western takes on the "trauma" of Indigeneity abound. In this talk, I will offer an Indigenous feminist intervention in the trauma talk, infusing the concept of relationality into the ways we strategize around Indigenous futurity."


Monday, May 15, 2023
Briana Toole, Claremont McKenna College
41 Haldeman

Talk title: "The Paradox of Resistance"

Talk description: "Political and social resistance aim at liberatory ends, those which require the disruption of "business as usual". But resistance is also constrained by certain standards - espoused most notably by philosopher and political theorist, John Rawls - that it must satisfy if it is to be seen as justified. These standards can be manipulated to manufacture opposition to resistance, a tactic which frames an act of resistance as illegitimate even if satisfies these standards.  The specter of manufactured opposition forces actors to thread a needle between enacting resistance that is disruptive and enacting resistance that avoids this threat. I argue that this imposes a paradox - resistance that avoids the threat of manufactured opposition cannot be disruptive enough to bring about the liberatory ends towards which it strives; however, resistance that is disruptive enough to bring about such ends will not be viewed as legitimate. Consequently, this limits performances of resistance to those that will confer legitimacy on the very systems that are the subject of resistance."


Series History





& Other Notes

23S Shelbi Nahwilet Meissner (Georgetown University) "Indigenous Feminist Interventions in Post-Traumatic Relationality March 31, 2023
22S Ayanna Spencer (University of Connecticut "Mapping an Epistemological Quagmire for Criminalized Black Girl Survivors in the US" April 8-9, 2022 Part of a 2-day Workshop
22S Adebayo Oluwayomi (ACLS Emerging Voices Fellow, Dartmouth) "On Becoming an Antiracist Philosopher in a Polarized Society: Challenges and Possibilities" April 8-9, 2022 Part of a 2-day Workshop
22S  Tina Botts (Visiting Scholar, Dartmouth) "Is the U.S. Constitution an Anti-Racist Document?" April 8-9, 2022 Part of a 2-day Workshop
22S Catherine Clune-Taylor (Princeton University) "Covid-19 Anti-Vaxxers, White Supremacist Suicidality and Racialized "Risk" April 8-9, 2022 Part of a 2-day Workshop
  • Derrick Darby, Rutgers University
  • Christian Davenport, University of Michigan
"A Pod Called Quest: The Nature, Practice, and Responsibilities of Student Social Justice Activism" April 30, 2021