Philosophy Department Colloquium with Kathryn Gines

Friday, February 21, 2014
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Fromm Hall 115 - Berman Room
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Events and Lectures
Sundstrom, Ronald R
(510) 409-1655

The Philosophy Department will be hosting a colloquium by Kathryn T. Gines, Professor of Philosophy at Penn State.

Her talk will be on “Hannah Arendt on Black Studies, Black Violence, and Black Power”

Date: Friday, February 21st

Time: 3:30pm - 5:30pm

Location: Fromm Hall, Berman Room 115

Abstract: Although Arendt describes without criticism several uses of violence (including torture) in the private realm--i.e., oppressing others to facilitate one's entrance into the political realm--and although she acknowledges the violence of racism, she denounces the violence in student protests and the Black Power movement.  Here, I examine Arendt's unwavering position on integration (in education and in residential neighborhoods), her claims about Black students' intellectual abilities (along with the establishment of Black studies programs), and her negative representation of Black students and the Black community as violent. I challenge Arendt’s wholesale characterization of Black students as academically unqualified and violent while also bringing attention to the symbolic violence of her representation of them.

Short Bio:

Kathryn T. Gines, Ph.D. is assistant professor of philosophy at Penn State University and founding director of the Collegium of Black Women Philosophers (  Her primary research and teaching interests lie in Continental philosophy, Africana Philosophy, Black Feminist Philosophy, and Critical Philosophy of Race.  In addition to her book Hannah Arendt and the Negro Question (Indiana University Press, 2014) Gines has published articles on race, racism, and post-racialism, assimilation, feminism, and intersectionality.  She a founding co-editor of the peer-reviewed journal Critical Philosophy of Race(Penn State University Press) and co-editor of an anthology titled Convergences: Black Feminism and Continental Philosophy (SUNY Press, 2010).

This information is also available on the Philosophy Department’s homepage:

Light refreshments will be served.

This event is sponsored by the Philosophy department and made possible by the support of the Mortimer Fleishhacker Family Endowment for Philosophy at USF.

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