Outreach Program wins APA/PDC Prize!

The Rethink Program has been awarded the 2015 APA/PDC Prize! Rethink was started by graduate students in Columbia University’s Department of Philosophy in 2013 and now works with faculty and graduate students from several New York City area universities as well as local community organizations to bring philosophy to two underserved populations: Court-involved youth and victims of domestic violence. Rethink aims to empower its participants through development of critical thinking skills and philosophical discussion of topics such as authority, punishment, testimony, racism, sexism,  and equality.

More information about Rethink’s work can be found in this interview with its co-founders, John Fantuzzo, Robbie Kubala, and Yoni Pasternak.

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PIKSI ambassador program launch

Philosophy in an Inclusive Key (PIKSI) with support from the Andrew W. Mellon foundation and in partnership with the APA has launched a new program that brings ambassadors to the classroom to speak with undergraduate students about diversity in philosophy. PIKSI alumni will be traveling to various universities to teach students about the PIKSI summer institutes and promote awareness of diversity initiatives in the field. More information and requests for ambassador visits are available here.

You Caring: Grief Counseling

Kristina’s Network is looking for grief counselors who have experience with trauma and PTSD-like symptoms to help Kristina through her grieving process. Counseling this specific is expensive, and even if insurance covers a part of it there will always be co-pays. We have created a You Caring page for Kristina to help her fund the sessions. Click  here to donate. Any amount you can afford will be greatly appreciated.

A Disability Statement or The Banality of Radical Alterity

By Kristina Lebedeva

I write this text with an array of anxieties. The anxiety of taking a stance. The anxiety of saying too little and the anxiety of saying too much. The anxiety of getting it wrong. For we are taught to not tolerate wrongness. With this in mind, I want to state from the outset that the statement in question is written strictly from the perspective of a foreign woman with a severe physical disability. In this sense, I will not be able to do justice to the complexity of conditions and experiences that the word “disability” necessarily indexes.

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