Accessible Teaching in the Time of COVID-19*

Accessible Teaching in the Time of COVID-19 by Aimi Hamraie As universities declare class cancelations and mandate a shift to online teaching, instructors have the opportunity to design online course materials to be as accessible as possible from the beginning. This will also ensure that your course materials are accessible moving forward. All of the […]

The Unbearable Confidence of the Racialized Apparatus of Disability

“First and foremost, I aim to issue a caution . . . When addressing and identifying forms of epistemic oppression one needs to endeavor not to perpetuate epistemic oppression.” – Kristie Dotson (2012, 24) Several months ago, the moderator of the Teaching Disability Studies Facebook group, a group that had operated for several years, announced […]

Just Mercy

Back in January, that is, in the first weeks of BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY, I posted about a trip to Alabama that I took in November of last year. On that occasion, Utz McKnight, the Chair of Gender and Race Studies at University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, had invited me to speak to his department about my […]

MAP on the U.S. NLRB Proposed Rule on the Status of Graduate Student Workers

Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) is helping to spread the word about the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) proposed rule that would overturn the 2016 Columbia decision, which held that students at private universities counted as workers for the purpose of the NLRA and were thus entitled to collective bargaining rights. In solidarity with graduate students that this rule would affect, […]

Academic Staff and Racism

As an article in Times Higher Education (THE) reports, the U.K. Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has charged that U.K. institutions take racial harassment and other forms of racism directed at students more seriously than they take racist abuse directed at academic staff. The THE article by Anna McKie is reprinted in its entirety […]

The Bioethics of Enhancement – Now In Paperback!

Melinda’s book, The Bioethics of Enhancement: Transhumanism, Disability, and Biopolitics, is now available in paperback and will be on display at SPEP! Here is a description of the book: In a critical intervention into the bioethics debate over human enhancement, philosopher Melinda Hall tackles the claim that the expansion and development of human capacities is […]

A Canadian University and the Slave Trade

A recent article in University Affairs explains the importance and impact of a new report that identifies the ties between the history and funding of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada and the transatlantic/North American slave trade. The article, by Emily Baron Cadloff, is reprinted in entirety below. ________________________________________________________________ Dalhousie Panel Uncovers Links Between University and […]

Hurricane prep, again

Hurricane preparation in Florida is an annual affair, at least. A lot of people in my area do not have enough money or space to prepare adequately for storms in advance. And, of course, when it comes to purchasing items once the news hits that a hurricane or major storm is headed our way, essential […]