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2023 2023

2023 Dr Joyce Mitchell Cook Memorial Lecture


Why Intellectual Humility Matters in the Study of Intelligence

Join us for the third annual Joyce Mitchell Cook Lecture, featuring Professor Michele Moody-Adams the Joseph Straus Professor of Political Philosophy and Legal Theory at Columbia University.

Professor Michele Moody-Adams has published on equality and social justice, moral psychology and the virtues, moral objectivity and moral relativism, and the philosophical implications of gender and race.

This is a must-attend event for anyone interested in philosophy, education, or social justice.

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About Michele Moody-Adams

Michele Moody-Adams is Joseph Straus Professor of Political Philosophy and Legal Theory at Columbia University, where she served as Dean of Columbia College and Vice President for Undergraduate Education from 2009-2011. Before Columbia, she taught at Cornell University, where she was Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Director of the Program on Ethics and Public Life. She has also taught at Wellesley College, the University of Rochester, and Indiana University, where she served as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education.

About Joyce Mitchell

Dr Joyce Mitchell Cook (PPP, 1955) was a pioneering alumna of St Hilda’s College. The first Black American woman to earn a doctorate in Philosophy in the USA, Joyce became a guide and mentor to generations of women who followed in her path.  After graduating with distinction from Bryn Mawr, Joyce came to St Hilda’s in 1955 to read for a second degree in Psychology, Philosophy and Physiology – a course that was one of the first to include Psychology at Oxford. Fresh from her tutorials with Miss Sybil Crowe at St Hilda’s, Joyce went on to Yale where she achieved her PhD in Philosophy in 1965.

Joyce Mitchell Cook Memorial Fund

St Hilda’s has established the Joyce Mitchell Cook Memorial Fund with the ambition of creating a graduate scholarship in Philosophy for talented students from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds (BAME) from around the world. We are delighted that St Hilda's has been accepted as one of the colleges to partner with the University’s Black Academic Futures programme, which will create a new fully-funded graduate award in Philosophy – the Joyce Mitchell Cook Black Academic Futures Graduate Studentship. Further details about the award and the application process are here.

This new award will ensure that others may follow in Joyce’s footsteps in Philosophy (or Philosophy in combination another subject), and will be a fitting tribute to her remarkable life and career.