The Inaugural Dr Joyce Mitchell Cook Memorial Lecture is available to view online

28th May 2021
The Inaugural Dr Joyce Mitchell Cook Memorial Lecture

The inaugural Dr Joyce Mitchell Cook Memorial Lecture, celebrating the life and career of trailblazing St Hilda’s alumna, Dr Joyce Mitchell Cook took place on 26 May. If you missed it or would like to watch again, you can do so on our Alumnae Events YouTube channel.  

Dr Joyce Mitchell Cook (PPP, 1955) was the first Black American woman to achieve a PhD in Philosophy in the USA. The first speaker in this lecture series was Professor Anita  L. Allen, JD., PhD, the Henry R Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. Professor Allen gave a talk on The ideas and ideals of Joyce Mitchell Cook, in which she examined Dr Joyce Mitchell Cook’s contribution to Philosophy, her career and her enduring influence on those who followed her path.

A panel discussion chaired by Dr Anita Avramides followed, with 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). 

We thank our speakers and everyone who attended. We look forward to the next lecture in the series.