Recent Lectures and Conversations

“Reviving Democracy: Twenty-First Century Challenges.” February 22, 2023. Dewey Lecture in Law and Philosophy. University of Chicago Law School.

“Controlling the Narrative: Meaning, Power and Value in Public Life” Nov. 15, 2022 Lecture at The Ohio State University Center for Ethics and Human Values”

“Celebrating Recent Work by Michele Moody-Adams: Making Space for Justice: Social Movements, Collective Imagination, and Political Hope” October 26, 2022 ; Heyman Center for the Humanities Columbia University

“Too Many Experts? Too Much Democracy? Notes on a Dilemma” October 22, 2022 Columbia School of Journalism Conference on Walter Lippmann’s Public Opinion at 100.

April 8th, 2022 Anbar Lecture, Syracuse University, “Controlling the Narrative: Meaning, Value and Power in Public Life.”

March 24, 2022 “Controlling the Narrative: Meaning, Value and Power in Public Life,” McMaster University.

March 10, 2022,  “The Role of Health Care in Securing Justice as Humane Regard,”  Weill-Cornell Medical Ethics Division Seminar Series;  a talk on Zoom.

A Conversation about Making Space for Justice

November 16th, 2021. “Coming to Terms with History,”  a talk for Department of Philosophy,  Fordham University.

November 6th, 2021, “Coming to Terms with History,” a talk for the Association for Moral Education

May 6th, 2021,  “Monuments and the Obligations of Memory,”  Sprague and Taylor Lecture,  Brooklyn College Philosophy Department  (online lecture)

April 21, 2021 “Debating Democracy Then and Now: Reflections on a Contested Concept,”  Minnesota Humanities Council,

March 11, 2021, “Monuments and the Obligations of Collective Memory,” Kegley Institute of Ethics,” California State University,, Bakersfield (remote lecture)

March 11, 2021, Philosophy Politics and Economics program, Northeastern University, “Does Democracy Have a Future?”

February 2021, Central Division, American Phiosophical Association, Commentator on Author Meets Critics Session: on Book by Susan Neiman, Learning From the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil

January 27, 2021 “American Democracy: The Task Before Us:”

January 22, 2021 “How Damaged is America’s Democracy?” The Democracy Agenda with Steve Paikin – A Collaboration of TVO and The Toronto Star

December 10, 2020 “A More Perfect Union: Ideas to Improve our Democracy”

November 13, 2020  American Society for Aesthetics Panel,   “Why Monuments Still Matter”

June 17, 2020 Panelist at Panel Discussion on “Protesting Police and Policing Protests,”  sponsored by the Philosophy, Politics and Economics Society the Marc Sanders Foundation and Hi-Phi Nation. 

February 2020 “Reflections on Rawls and Racial Justice,”  Commentary on Charles Mills’ Tanner Lecture on Human Values,  University of Michigan.

November 5, 2019 – University of Virginia Law School : “Taking Expression Seriously: Confederate Iconography and Expressive Harm.”