Compass is an philosophy workshop for undergraduates for historically underrepresented groups in philosophy. The workshop brings together about ten to twelve undergraduates enrolled in Texas schools for a weekend of discussion, networking and social events. Travel, food and lodging are covered by the University of Texas at Austin. Five or six articles are selected each year around a specific theme in philosophy, and each is discussed with the help of a graduate student summarizing and clarifying the major points, and leading the conversation.
I organized the workshops listed below.
COMPASS 2021 READING LIST: Ethics and Aesthetics
Archer, A., & Ware, L. (2018). Beyond the Call of Beauty: Everyday Aesthetic Demands Under Patriarchy. The Monist, 101(1), 114–127. https://doi.org/10.1093/monist/onx029
Bacharach, S. (2018). Finding Your Voice in the Streets: Street Art and Epistemic Injustice. The Monist, 101(1), 31–43. https://doi.org/10.1093/monist/onx033
Devereaux, M. (1998). Beauty and evil: The case of Leni Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will. In J. Levinson (Ed.), Aesthetics and Ethics: Essays at the Intersection (pp. 227–256). Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511663888.009
Goerger, M. (2017). Value, violence, and the ethics of gaming. Ethics and Information Technology, 19(2), 95–105. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10676-017-9417-5
Neill, A., & Ridley, A. (2010). Religious Music for Godless Ears. Mind, 119(476), 999–1023. https://doi.org/10.1093/mind/fzq075
Rudinow, J. (1994). Race, Ethnicity, Expressive Authenticity: Can White People Sing the Blues? The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 52, 127. https://doi.org/10.2307/431591
MEDITATION AND PHILOSOPHY
I lead the meditation and philosophy group at the University of Texas at Austin, which was founded by Kimberly Dill. The aim of the group is to practice and learn meditation together. I start each semester with a few sessions of guided meditation practices in the Vipassana tradition but everyone is encouraged to follow whatever practice is beneficial to them. We conclude each session by sharing tea and reflecting on our experience.