Panel discussion on workplace discrimination and the public responsibilities of academics

by GradPost Staff
Monday, October 28, 2019 3:41 PM

This fall, the US Supreme Court considered several cases concerning whether Federal employment discrimination law extends to discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. An amicus curiae brief arguing in support of the employees has been submitted by eighty academic philosophers. Was this the right thing to do? As academics, what are our social and public responsibilities, if any?

Join the UCSB chapter of Minorities and Philosophy for a philosophical conversation on November 6th. They will discuss the argument in the amicus curiae brief, consider the practical implications of such action, and attempt to understand our duties as academics in the public sphere. For questions, contact or

The organization is also looking for graduate students with research interests in law, politics, sociology, or women’s and gender studies to participate on the panel!​ Panelists will critically discuss ​the amicus brief signed while also discussing what and how academics and philosophers can contribute to public and social issues. If you are interested, please send a 200-word statement detailing your work with these issues to by Wednesday, October 30.