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 (


Upcoming MAP Events

Monday, January 14th

Ryan Hayes (Wayne State MA student and MAP member) 
"Bi-Racialism: The Metaphysics of Race and How to Belong When You Aren't One or the Other" (informal presentation and discussion)
4:00-5:00 PM
Philosophy Department Seminar Room
Preparation for Attendees: If possible, read Charles W. Mills' essay "'But What Are You Really?': The Metaphysics of Race" ahead of time in preparation for the presentation.

Thursday, January 24th

Undergraduate Mentoring Workshop for students interested in applying to Summer Diversity Institutes in Philosophy
12:00-1:00 PM 
Philosophy Department Seminar Room
Preparation for Attendees: If possible, start looking over the application requirements for Summer Diversity Institutes you'e interested in and make note of any specific questions you might have.

Summer 2019

Reading group on Philosophy of Race 
Details TBD. 



Past 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

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: Welcome Center Auditorium


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