Photo of a brown bag with writing that reads "Brown Bag Lunch Talks"Looking forward to giving a Brown Bag Lecture at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture in Oxford. I’ll be talking about Uniting Mississippi, a work of philosophy relevant to folks interested in history, southern studies, education, political science, economics, and policy. I hope to see you there.

Date: February 3, 2016
Time: 12:00-12:50 p.m.
Event: Brown Bag Lecture on 'Uniting Mississippi'
Topic: Brown Bag Lunch 'Uniting Mississippi'
Sponsor: Center for the Study of Southern Culture
Venue: Tupelo Room
Location: Barnard Observatory
University, MS 38677
Public: Public

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Photo of the West Biloxi Public Library.After an interview on WLOX TV in Biloxi, MS, which will air on the 4pm news program, I’ll head to the West Biloxi Public Library for a book talk and signing event.

Logo of Bay Books of Bay Saint Louis, MS.I’m very happy to say that Bay Books of Bay St. Louis, MS, will be there to manage book sales for the signing. Please spread the word and, if you’re near by, come talk about Mississippi’s future.

Date: December 7, 2015
Time: 05:00-06:00 p.m.
Event: 'Uniting Mississippi' Book Signing
Topic: Uniting Mississippi
Sponsor: Bay Books
Venue: West Biloxi Public Library
Location: 2047 Pass Road
Biloxi, MS 39531-3125
Public: Public

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Logo of the John Dewey Society.Leaders of the John Dewey Society asked me to organize a panel workshop on public philosophy for the 2016 American Educational Research Association meeting. The conference them is: “Public Scholarship to Educate Diverse Democracies.” 2016 is also the 100th anniversary of the release of Democracy and Education. More info once details are finalized.

Date: April 8, 2016—April 10, 2016
Event: Leading - Public Philosophy Workshop: Building on Dewey's Example
Topic: "Public Scholarship to Educate Diverse Democracies."
Sponsor: The John Dewey Society
Venue: American Educational Research Association's Annual Conference
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington, D.C.

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Logo of UNC Charlotte.Excited to announce that I’ll be heading to UNC Charlotte to give a talk in April 2016. The audience will be made up of folks from “philosophy, American Studies, and perhaps also an interdisciplinary mix of public policy faculty and graduate students.” Sounds great. Some of the details I’ve listed are tentative for now. I’ll post more definitive details soon.

Date: April 4, 2016
Time: 02:00-03:00 p.m.
Event: Giving an Invited Talk at UNC Charlotte
Venue: The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Location: Charlotte, NC
Public: Public

Logo for Reed's GumTree Bookstore of Tupelo, MS.On Wednesday, November 18th, I’ll be heading to Reed’s Gum Tree Bookstore in Tupelo, MS, for a book signing for Uniting Mississippi: Democracy and Leadership in the South, from noon until 1:30 pm.

Earlier that morning, I’ll be giving an interview on WLOV’s This Morning show in Tupelo, MS. If you’re in Tupelo that day, the signing will be at lunch time, so come on by!

Date: November 18, 2015
Time: 12:00-01:30 p.m.
Event: Uniting Mississippi Book Signing at Reed's Gumtree Bookstore
Topic: Uniting Mississippi Book Signing
Venue: Reed's GumTree Bookstore
(662) 842-6453
Location: 111 S Spring St.
Tupelo, MS 38804
Public: Public

Learn more about the book here. Please share this announcement with them and spread the word!

“Race and Moral Leadership in the U.S. Judicial System,” open forum discussion

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves of Mississippi.

“District Judge Carlton Reeves has presided over key race and equality cases in Mississippi.” (NPRPhoto by Jackson State University.

NEW: University of Mississippi PRESS RELEASE on this event

When: Tuesday, October 27th, at 4pm.

Where: Bryant Hall room 207, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS

U.S. Judge Carlton Reeves of Mississippi caught national attention with a speech he prepared for the sentencing in a murder trial. The case concerned the racially motivated murder of James Craig Anderson. Reeves’s speech has been called “breathtaking” on and has been viewed well over a million times. NPR published a short bio about “The Man Behind the Speech.”

Poster for the event. Click on it to open a large Adobe PDF file of the poster.Reeves’s position and leadership are special in part because of his position as a judge. We often think of executives or legislators as leaders. Judges also exercise leadership in their own unique ways and contexts, however. Reeves’s example is also special because of the context of his leadership and the location and circumstances of it. We will have an open forum discussion about “Race and Moral Leadership in the U.S. Judicial System” in Bryant Hall room 207 on Tuesday, October 27th, at 4pm.

Dr. Eric Thomas Weber, associate professor of Public Policy Leadership at the University of Mississippi, will be moderating the discussion.

This forum is free and open to all students, faculty, staff, and community members. Anyone needing accommodations related to disabilities, contact Dr. Eric Thomas Weber at

WLogo of the Mississippi Humanities Council.e are grateful for the generous support of the Mississippi Humanities Council and the University of Mississippi’s College of Liberal Arts.

Date: October 27, 2015
Time: 04:00-05:00 p.m.
Event: Moderating "Race and Moral Leadership in the U.S. Judicial System"
Topic: Race and Moral Leadership in the U.S. Judicial System
Sponsor: The Mississippi Humanities Council
Venue: Bryant Hall, 207
Location: 1944 University Circle
University, MS 38677
Public: Public


“A Culture of Support and Merit: Promoting Independence without Stigmatizing Dependency”


In A Culture of Justice, I argue that a society has a shared, public obligation to foster self-respect and a sense of positive power in all people. Libertarians like Robert Nozick deny that there is shared obligation to provide people the means to develop and exercise their self-respect, such as free and reduced lunch programs. While the libertarian is right to value the cultivation of independence, he is wrong, I argue, to stigmatize people who must depend upon government support. I propose a way to advance a culture of support and merit, promoting independence without stigmatizing dependency.

Looking forward to visiting Michigan State University’s Philosophy department, known for their publicly engaged work.

Here’s the flyer for the event.

Date: February 12, 2016
Time: 03:00-04:00 p.m.
Event: Talk: “A Culture of Support and Merit: Promoting Independence without Stigmatizing Dependency”
Topic: Public Philosophy
Sponsor: Dept of Philosophy, Michigan State University
Venue: Distinguished Lectures & Colloquia Spring 2016
Location: 134 S. Kedzie Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1032
Public: Public

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Invited to give a talk in The Purdue Lectures in Ethics, Policy, and Science series.

Date: February 10, 2016
Time: 04:00-06:00 p.m.
Event: Giving a talk on "Poverty, Culture, and Justice"
Topic: "Poverty, Culture, and Justice"
Sponsor: Purdue University
Venue: Dept of Philosophy, Purdue University
Location: West LaFayette, IN 47907-2098
Public: Public

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Logo for the University of Southern Mississippi.Heading to the University of Southern Mississippi to talk about Uniting Mississippi for their Mississippi Humanities Council-supported “Philosophical Fridays” program.

Date: January 29, 2016
Time: 08:00-09:00 p.m.
Event: Talk on Uniting Mississippi then Book Signing
Topic: Public Philosophy and Leadership
Sponsor: Philosophical Fridays, University of Southern Mississippi, supported by the MS Humanities Council
Venue: Room TBD, University of Southern Mississippi
Location: Hattiesburg, MS 39406
Public: Public

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Excited to have been invited to comment on John Lachs’s work, after his keynote address.

Date: November 7, 2015
Time: 02:00-03:00 p.m.
Event: Commenting on John Lachs's keynote address
Topic: John Lachs, American philosopher
Sponsor: Southwestern Philosophical Society
Organizer: Mark Silcox, University of Central Oklahoma,
Venue: Dept of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University
Location: 111 Furman Hall
Nashville, TN 37240
Public: Private
More Info: Click here for more information.

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