The UMD will present two lectures November 14 and 15 by Dr. Ronald Sundstrom, author and professor of race theory and African American philosophy. Dr. Sundstrom is a Duluth native and UMD graduate. He holds a Ph.D. from University of Minnesota,Twin Cities and is an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Memphis.
"The Harms of Residential Segregation" will be presented on Thursday, Nov 14 from 4 to5:30 p.m. in UMD Life Science Building, room 185. A reception will follow. This event is jointly sponsored by the NAACP. The public is cordially invited to attend.
"Reconciling Ourselves To The Idea of Race: Struggling with the Moral Arguments For and Against Race" will be presented on Friday, November 15 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the UMD Humanities Building, room 314. A reception will follow. The public is invited.
Ronald Sundstrom grew up in the Morgan Park neighborhood of Duluth and graduated from UMD in 1993 with a major in philosophy. He was active in campus government and was president, of the African American Student Group. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1997 and is now an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Memphis.
His current research involves race theory and African American philosophy and their intersections with issues in the philosophy of social science, and political and social philosophy. He has several published articles on race and the metaphysics of social categories, and he is currently working on a book that extends his work on social categories to questions concerning segregation and distributive justice. The work is entitled, "Race and Place: Social Space, Human Categories, and the Politics of Place."
The lectures are sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Public Policy, the UMD Philosophy Department, and the NAACP. The public is cordially invited.