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9/22 – Regina Rini on Microaggressions @ Brooklyn Public Philosophers
Sep 22, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm| Free
Brooklyn – the wait is over. The public philosophy speaker series you love so dearly is, at long last, back for its fourth year.
We have a whole mess of good stuff coming up this season, but on Thursday, September 22nd at 7:00 P.M., Regina Rini (NYU) is kicking things off with the first talk of the fall! It’s on microaggressions – what they are and who’s responsible for them. Here’s a bit more about the talk in Dr. Rini’s own words:
“Are Microaggressions Your Fault?”
Microaggressions are small acts of disrespect toward members of historically oppressed groups. It might be possible to shrug off any one of them, but together they add up to create a constant background reminder of social inferiority. For ethicists, it is hard to decide what to think about microaggression perpetrators – which almost all of us are, at one point or another. Often microaggressions are thoughtless actions without conscious intention; sometimes the perpetrators aren’t even aware of having done them. So it’s hard to say that people are morally at fault for microaggressions when they don’t mean to hurt anyone. But still microaggressions can add up to serious harm. This presentation will argue that we can be morally at fault for our complicity in microaggression unless we take steps to make up for it by contributing to social justice practices that ameliorate its harmful effects.
***Note*** We have moved to a brand new space. The talks are now at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Dweck Center – same building, but now we’re downstairs.
Tell your friends! Bring a date! Bring someone with whom you recently disagreed about whether some comment was offensive! It will be great.