Alejandra Oliva, essayist, embroiderer, and translator

You Can’t Translate What You Can’t See: Between Languages in the U.S. Immigration System

April 21, 2022

How are power structures and empathy implicated in translation? What do we owe asylum seekers, and the stor...

Ian Phillips, Johns Hopkins University

Perception, Action, and Experience: Retying the Golden Braid

April 12, 2022

Intuitively, our mental life involves, as Andy Clark evocatively puts it, “a seamless unfolding of percepti...

James McAuley, columnist for The Washington Post

Jewish Survival and Holocaust Memory: Salo Baron and the Twentieth Century

April 7, 2022

James McAuley, Contributing columnist for The Washington Post

This talk will examine the li...

David Chalmers, New York University

The Meta-Problem of Consciousness

March 29, 2022

The hard problem of consciousness is the problem of explaining how physical systems give rise to subjective...

Joshua Tenenbaum, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

What Kind of Computation Is Cognition?

March 8, 2022

Recent successes in artificial intelligence have been largely driven by neural networks and other sophistic...

Juliette Cherbuliez, University of Minnesota

Medea: A Manifesto

March 3, 2022

Despite the propensity by philosophers and political theorists for mining Greek tragedy in search of models...

Lori Gruen, Wesleyan University

Carceral Logics: An Abolitionist Critique

December 7, 2021

Mass incarceration is supported and sustained by carceral logics. In this lecture Professor Gruen will desc...

Eric Karpeles, writer, translator, and painter

Józef Czapski: Facing the Void

October 13, 2021

Polish painter and writer Józef Czapski lived into his ninety-seventh year, embodying the complex contradic...

Jenann Ismael, Columbia University

Causation from the Point of View of Physics

September 24, 2021

Causal models abound across the sciences. One can open a journal in microbiology and be assailed with detai...

Namwali Serpell, Harvard University

Race Off: The Fantasy of Race Transformation

September 23, 2021

Namwali Serpell is the author of The Old Drift, which won the Windham-Campbell Prize in Fiction, t...