Dean’s Lecture Series
2019–20 Academic Year Lectures
Lectures are free and open to the public and are followed by a question-and-answer period.
2019 Fall Semester Lecture Schedule
“The Phenomenology of Blackness”
This lecture will examine the phenomenal existence of the Black Body as a product of a series of Western philosophical notions and cultural practices that create a recognizable temporal subjectivity that is stable in its instability vis-à-vis normative existence. This will be exposed through reference to philosophy, literature, and aesthetics to make an argument that temporality is the primary point of reference for the Human experience and to exist at a distance from self-authorized and recognized temporality is to be denied what W.E.B. Du Bois calls “true self-consciousness”.
Michael Sawyer is an Assistant Professor of Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies and the Department of English at Colorado College and was recently appointed Distinguished Visiting Professor of English and the Fine Arts at the United States Air Force Academy. He recently published a monograph An Africana Philosophy of Temporality: Homo Liminalis and is completing a new text, Black Minded: The Political Philosophy of Malcolm X, that will be published in 2020. Michael holds a BS from the United States Naval Academy, a master’s degrees in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and an MA in Comparative Literature and PhD in Africana Studies from Brown University.
“Ecstatic Truth in the Cinema of Werner Herzog”
Ian Moore, tutor
7:30 p.m., Great Hall
Chrysostomos will present William Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
7 p.m., Great Hall