2017 Annual James Weldon Johnson Distinguished Lecture

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Each Spring, the Johnson Institute sponsors a major address by a distinguished race scholar and public intellectual. The 2017 speaker was Naomi Zack, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oregon. The title of her James Weldon Johnson Lecture was, "Applicative Justice, Race, and Mixed Race". The event took place on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Emory's Canon Chapel. 

Starting with W.E.B. DuBois’ contribution to fact-based social theory, Dr. Zack asserts that intellectually or theoretically, beginning with injustice is more important than beginning with justice. Her discussion of applicative justice also serves to introduce injustice theory, and its contemporary relevance to political identities.  

Naomi Zack

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About the Speaker: Dr. Naomi Zack is a leading figure in the philosophy of race. She has developed a distinctive brand of anti-racism in her recent books: White Privilege and Black Rights: The Injustice of U.S. Police Racial Profiling and Homicide? (2015); The Ethics and Mores of Race: Equality after the History of Philosophy (2011); and The Theory of Applicative Justice: An Empirical Pragmatic Approach to Correcting Racial Injustice (2016). Also in production from Zack is the 51-contributor volume Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Race (2016-2017). Read more about Zack and her Emory talk here. Learn about her latest book here.