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I am Associate Professor of Public Policy Leadership and Affiliated Faculty Member in the School of Law and in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Mississippi. Since June of 2010 I've been an occasional freelance columnist for The Clarion Ledger of Jackson, MS, the state's major newspaper. I earned my Ph.D. in Philosophy in 2007 and have been teaching since 2002.
I serve as Executive Director of the Society of Philosophers in America (SOPHIA). From 2011 to 2014, I served as Chair of the American Philosophical Association's Committee on Public Philosophy, whose Web site you can visit here. Since 2013, I have been a member of the Advisory Board for the Public Philosophy Network and I am currently chairing the Program Committee for the group's 2015 conference. Finally, I have been chairing the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy's Committee on Public Philosophy since its inception in 2013.
As a scholar, teacher, and citizen, I make the greatest use I can of philosophical inquiry and clear, persuasive communication for the advancement of freedom, opportunity, and respect for my fellow citizens in a number of areas. These include quality public education and life opportunities for poor and disabled persons. I study and write about intelligent, democratic inquiry into the practices and principles of ethical and visionary leadership. My writing, teaching, and public engagements all relate to these goals in one way or another.
I have put this site together in order to post information for students, scholars, news writers, and community leaders. Information about my research can be found under the "Writings" link at the top of this page. For my curriculum vitae, visit the "Bio" page. For information about my teaching experience, current courses, and students' success, visit the "Teaching" link. For information on my efforts to connect my research with projects and organizations beyond my university, visit my "Public Engagement" page. To follow me on Twitter, click here or on the logo on the right. Connect with me also on LinkedIn and Academia.edu. You can now also follow me on
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In this section, I am excited to announce a number of forthcoming projects and engagements that have gone well in the last year. These items are listed from most recent to oldest. I also catalog much of this stuff in the content of my other Web pages linked to at the top of this page.
In June of 2015, I published a piece in the Clarion Ledger at a point when the legislature and a number of state leaders had begun discussions about changing Mississippi's state flag. The flag bears an emblem of the Confederate battle flag. After the mass killings in Charleston, SC, people around the South suddenly felt a strong need to make some changes, to demonstrate that we do not long for the days of our troubled past. I titled my piece "Sometimes Heritage Does Harm," which is how it is named on the Web version. The piece also came out in print, under the title, "'Heritage' Argument Overlooks History." It was published on Sunday, June 28th, 2015, on page 5C.
In June of 2015, I met with a group of Grisham Scholars, high school juniors and seniors who came to the University of Mississippi from the Uplift Charter schools in Dallas, Texas.
In March and May of 2015, I created and posted my first two episodes of my new podcast, Philosophy Bakes Bread. The tag line calls the podcast: "Food for thought about life and leadership." If you're a regular podcast user, you can subscribe with this feed address, or you can simply try out an episode by visiting the site. If you're an Apple user, you can find the podcast on iTunes here. If you have ideas for content you'd be interested in hearing about in new episodes, email me. Also, I've set up a Twitter account for the podcast series, which you can follow @PhilosophyBB. If you haven't tried it out yet, check out Episode 1, on "Acceptance and Happiness with Stoicism."
In April, I completed and sent in my typeset proofs for Uniting Mississippi, which is an exciting step. I also learned about and was troubled by plans for cutting higher education funding dramatically in Illinois. In response, I wrote an open letter to the Illinois Governor and state legislature, called "Don't Gut the Dewey Center." It was published in The Southern Illinoisian on Sunday, April 26, 2015 (awaiting paper copy for page number). It's online here, and a scan of the printed version is here.
Also in April, I received the final proofs for my (long) article on culture, which will become part of my book, A Culture of Justice. The article is titled "Converging on Culture: Rorty, Rawls, and Dewey on Culture's Role in Justice." It is published in the second issue of the 2014 journal, Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism. There was a bit of delay in the release of the article because of understandable reasons, but I'm happy to see it out now.
Also in April, I learned that by a unanimous vote of the faculty I was approved for Affiliate Faculty Membership in the University of Mississippi's School of Law. I presently participate in one of the Law School's writing groups, which has been very helpful and supportive. I also have plans for future collaborations that I'm excited about. It's an honor and a pleasure to join the other Affiliate Faculty members in the Law School.
In March, I received the final design for the cover of Uniting Mississippi: Democracy and Leadership in the South. The book will be out in September of this year (2015). We worked hard on the cover, though, trying to find just the right image. The catalog text for the book is ready, though the catalog itself is still in the works. So I've made a one-pager for the book an image of the cover, that you can see on my Academia.edu page here.
Also in March, I launched my first episode of my new podcast series called Philosophy Bakes Bread. Check it out.
In February, I was honored to receive the Mississippi Humanities Council's 2015 Humanities Scholar Award, in their Public Humanities Awards program. The ceremony was lovely and deeply meaningful to me and others also recognized there. I got to meet Governor Winter, who has been so encouraging in a number of ways. I've posted the Podcast (audio recording) and a transcript of my speech delivered at the ceremony on my blog.
The Mississippi Humanities Council hired a local artist to help create artworks that could serve as the awards at the ceremony. The thumbnail photo on right is the beautiful piece that I received for the 2015 Humanities Scholar Award. If you click on the photo, it will open up to a larger version of it.
Prior to the ceremony, in January of 2015 the University of Mississippi released an announcement about the Mississippi Humanities Council's award. Kelley Norris wrote a lovely and encouraging announcement.
In December 2014, the Philosophy Department at the University of Mississippi voted unanimously to make me an Affiliated Faculty Member in Philosophy. When I first arrived in Oxford in 2007, I learned of the university's general reluctance to offer departmental affiliations. I am glad to see the change, as I believe that it is likely to prompt greater collaborations across departments and to make students in each department more aware of faculty around campus who can be resources for their projects.
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