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The Inaugural Dr Joyce Mitchell Cook Memorial Lecture

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Celebrating the life and career of trailblazing St Hilda’s alumna, Dr Joyce Mitchell Cook, the first Black American woman to achieve a PhD in Philosophy in the USA

This event has now ended but you can watch the recording HERE.

We are delighted to welcome our first speaker of the series, Professor Anita  L. Allen, JD., PhD, the Henry R Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. The title of her talk is The ideas and ideals of Joyce Mitchell Cook. Professor Allen will examine Dr Joyce Mitchell Cook’s (PPP, 1955) contribution to Philosophy, her career and her enduring influence on those who followed her path.

This will be an online event followed by panel discussion and audience Q&A, chaired by Dr Anita Avramides
Panellists: Lawrence Okoth-Odida (Computer Science & Philosophy, 2013), Ombline Damy (Philosophy and Modern Languages, 2016; now reading for MSt in Comparative Literature at Hertford College, focusing on French and German contemporary literature, and the literary representation of the embodied experience of trauma) and Buki Fatona (DPhil student at Wolfson College; her research – on memory, prediction, and action – is in the intersect of philosophy of mind, cognitive neuroscience, and religion).

Tickets are £5 (free for current students). All proceeds will go to the Joyce Mitchell Cook Memorial fund. Book now

"On behalf of the Faculty of Philosophy at Oxford, I am delighted to express our celebration and support on the occasion of this inaugural Joyce Mitchell Cook lecture, and further, I am delighted to add our warm welcome to Professor Allen. We look forward to this lecture being an annual recognition of the legacy of Joyce Mitchell Cook, and an annual expression of the ambition of philosophy to, with wide arms, welcome all in intellectual enquiry. We add our thanks to everyone who has worked so thoughtfully and valuably to establish this lecture series."  Professor Chris Timpson, Chair of the Philosophy Faculty Board