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18th Annual Philosophy Conference to focus on Latin America

Lewis University 18th Annual Philosophy Conference to focus on Latin America

Published: April 4, 2013.

Lewis University will host its 18th Annual Philosophy Conference, “Revolution and Liberation in Latin American Thought,” April 9-12 at the university’s main campus in Romeoville.

Presentations include:


  • “Sowing Struggle: Urban and rural social movements in Tlaxcala, Mexico” with Luz Rivera Martinez, lead organizer with Consejo National Urbano Campesino (11 a.m. April 9 in DL-250)

  • “Illegal Knowledges” with Dr. Ernesto Velasquez, assistant professor of philosophy at University of Dayton in Ohio (11 a.m. April 11 in Sancta Alberta Chapel)

  • “Should Undocumented Migrante Laborers Be Illegal?” by Velasquez (12:30 p.m. April 11 Sancta Alberta Chapel)

  • “Decolonization in Theory: The Challenge of Southern Epistemologies” with moderator Dr. Marilyn Nissim-Sabat of Lewis University. Dr. Nelson Maldonado-Torres, associate professor of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University will present the keynote address (2 p.m. April 11 in Sancta Alberta Chapel)

  • “On the Perpetual Occupation of the Political: Enrique Dussel’s Liberatory Political Philosophy” with Dr. Grant Silva, assistant professor of philosophy at Marquette University (4:30 p.m. April 11 in Sancta Alberta Chapel)

  • “Effective Suffrage! No Reelection? Understanding the Legacy of the Mexican Revolution for Mexico’s Contemporary Democracy” with Dr. Yann Kerevel, assistant professor of political science at Lewis University (10 a.m. April 12 in Sancta Alberta Chapel)

  • “Ethics of Liberation as First Philosophy” with Dr. Michael Paradiso-Michau, Lewis University alumnus and assistant professor at North Central College (11 a.m. April 12 in Sancta Alberta Chapel)

  • “Popular Ritual as Liberating Pedagogy” with Dr. Chris Tirres, assistant professor of religious studies at DePaul University (1 p.m. April 12 in Sancta Alberta Chapel)

  • “Unmooring the Center: Geophilosophy and Latin America” with Don Deere, PhD candidate in Philosophy at DePaul University (2 p.m. April 12 in Sancta Alberta Chapel)

The Lewis University Philosophy Department coordinates the conference. Lewis University offers a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy. Through analysis and interpretation of the works of past and contemporary philosophers, students examine basic questions concerning correct reasoning and the nature and sources of human knowledge and values. Students also acquire speaking and writing skills that enable them to develop and communicate their own views effectively. Philosophy courses incorporate both multicultural and values-oriented thinking in order to develop a holistic perspective. Contact Dr. Elizabeth Hoppe, associate professor of philosophy at Lewis University, at (815) 836-5312 or hoppeel@lewisu.edu for more information about the conference.

The 18th Annual Philosophy Conference is being presented as a part of Lewis University’s Arts & Ideas program, providing cultural and educational programming for students and the community. A portion of the Arts & Ideas events is sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council. For additional information, please contact Dr. Michael Cunningham, director of Arts & Ideas, at (815) 836-5385.

Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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