Philosophy in an Inclusive Key expands to Boston!

  The academic pursuit of philosophy has a serious diversity problem.

As recently as 2010, fewer than 30 percent of those earning doctorates in philosophy were women, for example — a lower percentage than that for math, chemistry, or economics. The numbers of racial and ethnic minorities in philosophy are estimated to be even worse.

Now, three philosophy graduate students in MIT’s School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (SHASS) have rolled up their sleeves to tackle this problem. Abby Jaques, Matthias Jenny, and Kevin Richardson have organized a weeklong program that will bring a diverse cohort of undergraduates to the MIT campus this summer, where the students will explore the full range of options for pursuing an academic career in philosophy.

Read more about PIKSI Boston and Sally Haslanger’s research on diversity in philosophy here

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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.