A geometric blue flower. The Colloquium Speaker Series brings in guest lecturers from universities across the globe. Free and open to the public. The series is generally held in the Humanities Building, room 425 A, unless otherwise noted.

October 20, 2017

Timothy Butzer (University of Alabama)
“Perceptual Competence and Perceptual Warrant”
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: Humanities Building, room 425A
In this paper I offer a novel account of perceptual warrant according to which one's basic perceptual beliefs are immediately and defeasibly warranted if they are formed on the basis of experiences produced by a competent perceptual system. I develop my account of perceptual warrant in the context of an empirically informed Bayesian theory of perceptual processing. I claim that sub-personal features of one's perceptual systems can render one competent to perceptually represent a particular environment. When these conditions are met, one is warranted in forming beliefs on the basis of one's perceptual experiences.

November 10, 2017

Shannon Spaulding (Oklahoma State University)
"Stereotypes in Folk Psychology"
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Humanities Building, room 425A
Stereotypes play an important and sometimes troubling role in how we understand others. We rely on beliefs about how certain groups of people behave, and this helps us interpret their behavior quickly and efficiently, and it helps us anticipate what they will do next. This is so utterly common that it may not even be apparent that we rely on stereotypes so often. Even when we interpret or anticipate behavior that deviates from the stereotype, it is often against the backdrop of a relevant stereotype. In this talk, I examine the nature of stereotypes and how they influence how we interpret others’ behavior and thoughts.

March 1, 2018

Kwame Anthony Appiah (New York University)
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: UAB Alumni House
Part of the Jemison Visiting Scholar Series

March 23-24, 2018

Workshop: Responsibility & Mental Disorder

April 6, 2018

Luvell Anderson (University of Memphis)
Title and location TBA
Time: 3:00 p.m.

April 20, 2018

Deborah Mower (University of Mississippi)
Title and location TBA
Time: 3:00 p.m.