PIKSI Rock Speakers

Linda Martín Alcoff

Linda Martín Alcoff

Hunter College

Linda Martín Alcoff is Professor of Philosophy at Hunter College and the Graduate School, C.U.N.Y. She is also a Professorial Fellow at the Institute for Social Justice at Australian Catholic University in Australia. She is a past President of the American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division. She was named the Distinguished Woman in Philosophy in 2006 by the Society for Women in Philosophy, and one of the 100 most influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business Magazine. Her writings have focused on social identity and race, epistemology and politics, sexual violence, Foucault, Dussel, and Latino issues in philosophy. She has written three books: The Future of Whiteness (Polity Press, 2015); Visible Identities: Race, Gender and the Self (Oxford 2006), which won the Frantz Fanon Award for 2009;Real Knowing: New Versions of the Coherence Theory (Cornell 1996); and co-authored Women’s Choices, Women’s Realities (Oxford 2015). And she has edited ten books including Feminist Epistemologies co-edited with Elizabeth Potter (Routledge, 1993); Thinking From the Underside of History co-edited with Eduardo Mendieta (Rowman & Littlefield, 2000); Identities co-edited with Eduardo Mendieta (Blackwell, 2002); Identity Politics Reconsidered co-edited with Michael Hames-Garcia, Satya Mohanty and Paula Moya (Palgrave, 2006); and Constructing the Nation: A Race and Nationalism Reader co-edited with Mariana Ortega (SUNY 2009). She also writes and speaks regularly for public media, including the New York Times (Philosopher’s Stone series), the New York Indypendent, the Feminist Wire, and has appeared on WNYC and C-Span among others. Besides CUNY she has taught at Brown University, Cornell University, Stony Brook University, University of Aarhus, Florida Atlantic University, and for the past five years she has been teaching for the Decolonial Institute in Spain and South Africa. She is originally from Panama, but lives today happily in Brooklyn. For more info go to www.alcoff.com

Devonya Havis

Canisius College

José Medina

José Medina

Vanderbilt University

José Medina received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University and is Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. Drawing on American and European critical theorists and philosophers of language, he has published primarily in Social and Political Philosophy (including Social Epistemology), Speech Act Theory, Feminist Theory, Queer Theory and Critical Philosophy of Race. His articles in these areas have appeared in journals such as Critical Philosophy of Race, Inquiry, Metaphilosophy, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy and Social Criticism, and Social Epistemology. His books include Speaking from Elsewhere (SUNY Press, 2006), and The Epistemology of Resistance (Oxford University Press, 2012), which received the 2012 North-American Society for Social Philosophy Book Award. He is currently working on issues concerning epistemic injustice and “epistemic activism” in relation to race, gender, and sexuality.

Kris Sealey

Kris Sealey

Fairfield University

Kris Sealey is an associate professor of Philosophy, and the director of the Peace and Justice Studies Program at Fairfield University. She graduated from Spelman College in 2001, with a B.Sc. in Mathematics and a minor in Philosophy. She received both her M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from The University of Memphis, and does research in the areas of Continental Philosophy, Philosophy of Race, and Postcolonial Theory.

Her published articles on Jean-Paul Sartre, Emmanuel Levinas and the philosophy of race can be found in Levinas Studies, Research in Phenomenology, the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, as well as Continental Philosophy Review. Her book, Moments of Disruption: Levinas, Sartre and the Question of Transcendence, was published in December 2013 with SUNY Press. Her current book project is on the relationship between creolization and nationalism. Dr. Sealey currently serves as the book review editor of the Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy. She is also a member of the managing board to PIKSI, and of the Secretariat of the CPA (Caribbean Philosophical Association). She has also served as chair of the Committee of Racial and Ethnic Diversity at SPEP (the Society of Phenomenology and Existentialist Philosophy.

Additional PIKSI Rock 2017 Speakers will be announced soon.


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Guest speakers will engage with you through discussions and seminars.


PIKSI Rock will take place from June 21 - June 30, 2017.


Located on Penn State's University Park Campus in State College, PA.

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