Past Conferences

CPP 2011: Peace and the Public Life


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Presidential Address

President of Concerned Philosophers for Peace Danielle Poe will present the annual presidential address on Diane Wilson’s environmental activism during the closing plenary session for the CPP annual conference at Austin Community College.

In a paper tentatively titled, “Mothering against the Norms: Diane Wilson and Environmental Activism,” Prof. Poe will explore intersecting meanings of justice and mothering in the writings of the highly respected Texas activist. Here’s how Poe describes the upcoming presidential address:

“When my daughter was five years old, I bought her a book about Diane Wilson, whose nonviolent civil disobedience landed her in jail as she confronted injustice. Wilson’s story inspires me, and I hoped it would inspire my daughter as well. Wilson inadvertently stumbles on information about the pollution of the bay where she and her family have shrimped for four generations, and she tirelessly confronts those who are causing the pollution in order to save her community and its bay. I want this kind of passion and sense of justice for my children; I want them to speak out against injustice even when the odds are overwhelmingly against them.

“I will analyze the ways in which Wilson’s experience as a mother inspires her to choose nonviolent, civil disobedience that will result in incarceration. As part of this choice, Wilson confronts norms about what it means to be a mother in U.S. society. Her actions challenge social pressure to raise children who conform to values of capitalism and militarism rather than to justice. While it may seem to be the case that the time that Wilson serves undermines her ability to be a mother by going to jail, I will argue that she fulfills her obligations to her children and provides a creative example to other mothers on how we can mother and resist oppression such that we work to give our children a better society, a capacity to discern justice from injustice, and a capacity for imagining and creating a better

Poe is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Dayton. She will deliver the CPP presidential address at 3pm, Saturday, Nov. 5, at the auditorium of the Riverside Campus of Austin Community College. The event is free and open to the public.

Community Panel

On Friday, Nov. 4, CPP will host a community panel on “Activism in the Tradition of Cesar Chavez” at 3pm, also at the ACC Riverside Campus, featuring Susana Almanza of PODER, Jim Harrington of the Texas Civil Rights Project, and a representative from Red Salmon Arts. The community panel will be moderated by Prof. Jose-Antonio Orosco of Oregon State University, author of “Cesar Chavez and the Common Sense of Nonviolence.” The community panel is also free and open to the public.

Advance Schedule
(updated Nov. 3, 2011)

Concerned Philosophers for Peace
Annual Conference
Nov. 4 – 5, 2011
Austin Community College (ACC)
Riverside Campus
1020 Grove Blvd., Austin, TX 78741

NOVEMBER 4, 2011

CPP Info Table & Resistencia Books:
Building G (hallway, ground floor, East side)

Fri 8:15 Meet & Greet
ACC Riverside Campus Building E — Room 7004
Breakfast tacos & coffee

Fri 9:00 – 9:10 Welcome
ACC Riverside Campus Building E — Room 7004

Lyman Grant, Dean of Arts and Humanities at ACC

Fri 9:15 – 10:45 Immigration, Violence, and Democracy
ACC Riverside Campus Building E — Room 7004

Chair: Bob Libal, Grassroots Leadership

Jorge Mario Rodriguez Martinez, Professor of Philosophy, University of San Carlos of Guatemala:

“The Ethical Dimensions of Human Rights and the Moral Limits of Citizenship”

Richard Peterson, Professor of Philosophy, Michigan State University:

“Violence, Intellectuals, and the Public Sphere”

Jose-Antonio Orosco, Professor of Philosophy, Oregon State University:

“Cesar Chavez, Undocumented Immigrants, and American Democracy”

Fri 11:00 – 12:20 Peace Education, Religion, and the Public Life
ACC Riverside Campus Building E — Room 7004

Chair: Celeste Rios, Adjunct Professor of Government, ACC

Lillian Huerta, Director of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, ACC:

“Service Learning as Peace Education”

Sharon Sarles, Adjunct Professor of Sociology, ACC:

“Positioning Religion as a Peacemaking Force”

Carlo Filice, Professor and Chair of Philosophy, SUNY Geneseo:

“Peace and Public Fairness”

Fri 12:20 – 1:20
Please visit Campus Snack Bar, Building A
or Tin Cup Grill near Golf Course Parking
Presenters: please go to Building G – Room 9135

Fri 1:20 – 2:50 Peace, Resistance, and Revolution
ACC Riverside Campus Building E — Room 7004

Chair: Nicole Berland, Education Organizer for Occupy Austin

Ron Hirschbein, Professor of Philosophy, Walden University

“Edward Bernays’ America”

Raul G. Garcia, Instructor of Philosophy, Lamar University:

“The Philosophy of Ramsey Muniz and the Rising of the Sixth Sun”

David Boersema, Professor of Philosophy, Pacific University:

“Positive Peace in the Middle East”

Fri 3:00 – 5:00 Community Panel:
Activism in the Tradition of Cesar Chavez
ACC Riverside Auditorium Building G – Room 8100

ACC Welcome

Chair: Jose-Antonio Orosco, Professor of Philosophy, Oregon State University and author of Cesar Chavez and the Common Sense of Nonviolence

Lilia Rosas, Red Salmon Arts

James Harrington, Founding Director, Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP )

Susana Almanza, Coordinator, People Organized for the Defense of the Earth and her Resources (PODER)

Fri 6:00 Dinner at Threadgill’s World Headquarters (South)
“Come as you are, pay as you go, tip like a liberal”

NOVEMBER 5, 2011

Sat 8:15 Meet & Greet
ACC Riverside Auditorium Building G – Room 8100
Breakfast tacos & coffee

Sat 9:00 – 10:15 Critical Issues in Law, Police, and Prisons
ACC Riverside Auditorium Building G – Room 8100

Chair: Scott Henson, Grits for Breakfast

Nick Braune, Associate Professor of Philosophy, South Texas College:

“Police Power and Deception Cause False Confessions”

Michael J. Coyle, Assistant Professor of Political Science, CSU – Chico:

“Penal Abolition and The Public Intellectual as Peace Maker”

Sat 10:30 – 12:15 Critical Figures in Peace Philosophy
ACC Riverside Auditorium Building G – Room 8100

Chair: Glynis Christine, Adjunct Professor of Sociology, ACC

Wendy C. Hamblet, Associate Professor of Liberal Studies, North Carolina A&T University:

“The Philosopher, His Poor and the ‘Nature’ of the Public Life: A Rethinking of Plato’s Treatment of the Working Poor and their place in the Life of the Polis”

Robert Gould, Professor of Philosophy, Portland State University Conflict Resolution Department:

“Hume’s Anti-War Fact/Value Argument Evolves into a Contemporary Warrior Meritocracy, where the Fact of Power and Wealth Trumps Moral Values”

ACC Philosophy Club, Association of Recreational Thinkers (ART)

“Rand Revisited: Objectivist Axioms and Social Movements”

Sat 12:15 – 1:15
Please visit Campus Snack Bar, Building A
or Tin Cup Grill near Golf Course Parking
CPP Business Meeting: Building G – Room 9135

Sat 1:20 – 2:50 Philosophy in the Public Life
ACC Riverside Auditorium Building G – Room 8100

Chair: Linda Braune, Poet and Peace Activist

Gail Presbey, Professor of Philosophy, University of Detroit-Mercy:

“Philosopher and Public Intellectual: Compatible Roles?”

Tanya M. Loughead, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Canisius College:


William C. Gay, Professor of Philosophy and Graduate Coordinator, UNC – Charlotte:

“How Philosophers Advance Peace in the Public Sphere”

Sat 3:00 – 4:45 CPP Presidential Address
ACC Riverside Auditorium Building G – Room 8100
ACC Welcome

Chair: Gail Presbey, Past President of CPP, Professor of Philosophy, University of Detroit Mercy

Danielle Poe, Professor of Philosophy, University of Dayton:

“Mothering against the Norms: Diane Wilson and Environmental Activism”

Sat 5:00 ACC Facility Closing Time

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Homepage for ACC Riverside Campus
1020 Grove Blvd., Austin, TX 78741

LODGING INFO: CPP has been offered
a block of rooms for $69.99 per night at:
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7501 E Ben White Blvd
Austin , TX 78741
Phone: (512) 386-6000

When you call for reservations, please mention
Concerned Philosophers for Peace
The Motel is one mile from
Austin-Bergstrom Intl Airport (AUS)
and 2.4 miles from the ACC
Riverside Campus


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Conference Objectives

“Peace and the Public Life”

When we think of peace do we think of something public? Or is peace a private thing somehow widely shared? U.S. debates over public options, public workers, and public spending seem to signify a crisis of doubt over the value of the very meaning of “the public.”

For the 2011 conference of Concerned Philosophers for Peace at Austin Community College (Austin, TX, Nov. 4-5) we invited proposals for papers and panels that address conceptual issues involved with re-thinking peace or peacemaking in relation to a crisis in “public life” that has thrown into doubt the very meanings of public and private terms.

The location of this year’s conference–at the Riverside Campus of ACC–also evokes legacies of Cesar Chavez, Gloria Anzaldua, and the civil rights philosophy of J. Leonard Farmer. Papers seeking peaceful conceptions of rights for migrant peoples, of rights to borderline identities, and the equal treatment of peoples under the law would be especially suited to the terrain.

Of course other areas of exploration are also welcome, especially including reflections on issues raised by democracy movements across the Middle East and Northern Africa.

Every year is a good year for philosophers of peace to gather for working refreshment of their conceptual tools. Perhaps the crisis of “public life” presents an opportunity for philosophers to contribute timely meditations on the ways that the turmoil in terms public and private signify hazards and opportunities for conceiving peace.

About CPP

Since its inception in 1981, Concerned Philosophers for Peace (CPP) has become the largest, most active organization of professional philosophers in North America involved in the analysis of the causes of war and prospects for peace. The organization holds an annual conference as well as programs at each divisional meeting of the American Philosophical Association.

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