Workshop Program

9:00 AM - 12:30 PM: Farish Gallery in Anderson Hall. 
Keynote Speakers Carrie Figdor and Rachel McKinnon, with Q&A.

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM: Mid-Day lunch break

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Philosophy Department, 2nd floor of Humanities Building (216, 226, 227).
Breakout groups by issue/concern and a group discussion session. 

Keynote Speakers:

Gender Diversity in Philosophy: Data, Initiatives, and Common Concerns
Carrie Figdor
Associate Professor
Department of Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience
University of Iowa
Sabbatical AY2013-14 as research fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh

A high-profile philosopher of mind makes a quick exit from his job following an internal investigation into allegations of sexual harassment by a female graduate student. A high-profile philosophy department has its chair removed and its graduate program put on hold after an outside team called in to assess the climate for women in the department reports findings of demoralized, harassed and bullied faculty and students. What's going on in the tiny world of academic philosophy? In this talk, I'll present some data on the status of women in philosophy, what's being done to address gender discrimination issues, and some of the common worries and responses raised about these efforts.

Prof. Carrie Figdor's website is

"Allies", Active Bystanders, and Gaslighting
Rachel McKinnon
SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Calgary.
Starting August 2014, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy at the College of Charleston

In a recent blog post, Mia McKenzie convincingly argues for the end of the term and concept of "allies." Like her, I'm done with allies. In this talk, I raise some ways in which ally culture has resulted in a number of very serious problems for those that "allies" seek to support. Drawing on real-life examples, I connect ally culture to a lack of accountability and a worrying prevalence of gaslighting, which is a kind of epistemic injustice. In its place, I suggest that we focus on people being good active bystanders, "currently operating in solidarity with" those they seek to support, as McKenzie puts it.

Dr. Rachel McKinnon's website is