Heyman Center Workshops

Being “free to choose” has arguably become a stand-in for broader concepts of freedom in many parts of the world today. How did this happen? Meanwhile, neuroscientists and behavioral economists have steadily been collecting evidence that the human brain is often quite poor at making choices. Where does this leave us, in an age when choice has become a proxy for freedom?

  • Lawrence Blum, Professor of Philosophy & Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts & Education, University of Massachusetts, Boston

The Center for Race, Philosophy, and Social Justice promotes normatively inflected social and political thought geared to thinking through the demands of racial justice in the United States in the aftermath of Jim Crow and the election of our nation’s first Black president. Lawrence Blum, Professor of Philosophy & Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts & Education at University of Massachusetts, Boston will lead this workshop titled "Racialization, Racial Identity, and Race Blindness: A Comparison of the U.S., South Africa, and Brazil."

Howard Kushner, Nat C. Robertson Distinguished Professor of Science & Society Emeritus at Emory University, gives a lecture on "Norman Geschwind, Behavioral Neurology and Left Handedness."

Accommodations Workshop

Friday, October 23, 2015 - Saturday, October 24, 2015
  • Małgorzata Mazurek, Associate Professor of Polish Studies, Columbia University

This workshop will contribute to a growing counter-commentary that reckons with “outmoded” motifs in the built landscapes of East and Central Europe.

  • Desmond Jagmohan, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Politics, Princeton Unicersity

The Center for Race, Philosophy, and Social Justice promotes normatively inflected social and political thought geared to thinking through the demands of racial justice in the United States in the aftermath of Jim Crow and the election of our nation’s first Black president. Desmond Jagmohan, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Politics at Princeton University, will lead this workshop titled "Cultivating Civic Capacity Under Domination: Rethinking Booker T. Washington and Uplift Politics in the Era of Jim Crow"

The Neuroscience and History Working Group talks foster interdisciplinary conversation about the promises and challenges of contemporary neuroscience.

  • Tommie Shelby, Caldwell Titcomb Professor of African and African American Studies and of Philosophy, Harvard University

The Center for Race, Philosophy, and Social Justice promotes normatively inflected social and political thought geared to thinking through the demands of racial justice in the United States in the aftermath of Jim Crow and the election of our nation’s first Black president. Tommie Shelby, Caldwell Titcomb Professor of African and African American Studies and of Philosophy at Harvard University, will lead a workshop titled "Richard Wright: Realizing the Promise of the West."

  • Andreas Killen, Professor of History, The City College of New York
  • Yuval Neria, Professor of Medical Psychology, Columbia University

When the Dadaist Georg Grosz referred in his autobiography to the “real or fake” Kriegszitterer (literally, “war-tremblers”) that could be encountered on every street corner in post-World War I Berlin, he alluded to the problem of knowledge that these figures posed for contemporaries. This talk examines the efforts of German psychiatrists and neurologists to address this problem through the medium of cinematography. Register for the Workshop at Eventbrite.

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