Columbia University philosophy professor to speak at Central Michigan University


A Columbia University philosophy professor will give two presentations Feb. 1-2 at Central Michigan University.

Christia Mercer, the Gustave M. Berne professor of philosophy at Columbia, will first speak at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Charles V. Park Library Auditorium. The presentation is titled, “Crossing Boundaries/Rethinking Justice, or How the U.S. Prison Industrial Complex Undermines Our Democracy.”

Mercer will speak again at 4 p.m. Feb. 2 in Park Library Auditorium. Her presentation is called, “Crossing Boundaries/Rethinking the History of Philosophy, or How Women Changed the Course of Philosophy.”

These events are sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Religion in the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences.

The CHSBS presentation series, “People on the Move: Borders, Boundaries, and Migration,” aims to give students an opportunity to consider CMU’s role in modern events and their role in those events individually.

Mercer has received a Fulbright Scholarship, Humboldt Fellowship and National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. Her areas of study listed by Columbia are Early Modern Philosophy, History of Platonism and History of Women in Philosophy. 

For more information, visit the College of Humanities & Social & Behavioral Sciences’ website.