MAP at Wayne State

About MAP

MAP (Minorities and Philosophy) is an organization designed to celebrate and promote voices, perspectives, and work from groups that are marginalized or underrepresented in mainstream Philosophy, and to discuss and address issues faced by members of those groups in the classroom, profession, or society. From MAP's website:

"Though the format of MAP varies from school to school, each chapter aims broadly at address (a) minority issues in the profession, (b) theoretical issues regarding philosophy of gender, race, sexual orientation, class, disability, native language, etc., and (c) philosophy done from minority perspectives. Meeting formats include: external or internal speakers, reading groups, film screenings, mentorship events for undergraduates or graduates, panel discussions, practical workshops (e.g., on communication techniques, navigating stereotype threat or implicit bias) ... In the short term, MAP provides a forum for students to discuss these topics and connect with interested peers. In the long term, we hope that MAP will contribute to improved department cultures and facilitate increased participation of underrepresented groups in academic philosophy."

MAP has chapters at universities all over the world; Wayne State's chapter was founded in 2018.

All students are welcome to participate in MAP, and we especially encourage members of underrepresented groups to consider participating or joining us for meetings and events. For further information about our MAP chapter or to be added to our mailing list, contact Prof. Josh Wilburn (



2018-19 MAP Events

Tuesday, October 23

Introductory meeting
4:30-5:30 PM
Philosophy Department Seminar Room

Saturday, November 17

March for Black Women
12:00 PM
We will plan a time and place to meet up before the march to attend together; details TBD.

Monday, November 26

Read and discuss Paul Taylor's "Black Aesthetics"
5:00-6:00 PM
Philosophy Department Seminar Room

Thursday, November 29

Paul Taylor (Penn State) Colloquium, Philosophy and African American Studies joint event
"The Ferguson Rebellion, Five Years On; or, Philosophy and the Event, American-Style"
4:30-6:30 PM
Location TBD
Abstract: Next year will mark the fifth anniversary of the day Darren Wilson killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. In the aftermath of that day, "Ferguson" seemed to be the name not just of a place but also of an event, in the fullest sense of that term. The word stood for something momentous, like Appomattox or Selma or Stonewall (the inn and the 1969 riots, not the man). It marked one of those periodic occasions that push people to reflect on the demands of justice, the art of living well, and the burdens of living well together. Now, though, every passing day presents some new outrage or controversy that pushes this occasion farther away from the living present, and threatens to diminish its claim to relevance.

Summer 2019

Reading group on philosophy of Race 
Details TBD.



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