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A look at the philosophy of the Americas

three speakersUC San Diego Division of Arts and Humanities Dean Cristina Della Coletta talks with Department of Philosophy professors Clinton Tolley and Manuel Vargas about the impact of three unique courses at the university: "Mexican Philosophy," "Latinx Philosophy" and "Philosophy in the Americas."

“One of the things we have a lot of expertise and enthusiasm about here at UC San Diego is, in particular, the history of philosophy of Mexico,” Vargas said. “You'll find in Mexico both Indigenous traditions of thinking but also a rich tradition that grows out of the European tradition of doing philosophy that gets transplanted into Mexico, and emerges and transforms in various distinctive ways on its own.”

Tolley and Vargas are directors of the UC San Diego Mexican Philosophy Lab, a one-of-its-kind collaborative space for the research and development of philosophy with roots in Mexico, including Mexican-American philosophy. The lab supports translation and scholarship concerning the history of Mexican philosophy and more contemporary projects in Mexican philosophy.

“Bringing together a bunch of different kinds of … approaches of the Americas can give people, not just models for thinking, but models for thinking about how thinking could really affect and change society in the concrete [and] in the immediate, with the hope for the future,” Tolley said.




The Flip to Remote: Responding to COVID-19

Flip to Remote promo with all four speakers picturesArts and Humanities Dean Cristina Della Coletta talks with faculty on the innovation, challenges and successes of moving to remote instruction during the global pandemic

Episode one: Assistant teaching professor King Britt, Department of Music. The pair spend 60 minutes discussing what happened when King Britt moved his class "Blacktronika: Afrofuturism in Electronic Music," with unexpected results. Plus, King Britt walks viewers through an example of his class. Watch now >>

Episode two: Language faculty Junko Simpson and Pei-Chia Chen, Institute of Arts and Humanities. What were the technical tools needed to keep students engaged in the Japanese and Chinese language classes. What worked? What didn't? And what can they use when classes go back to in-person instruction? Watch now >>

Episode three: Professor Monte Johnson, Department of Philosophy. Moving courses online led to a different type of student engagement, and the opportunity to update curriculum to directly speak to the pandemic by using Classical text. Monte Johnson is also the director of the UC San Diego Classical Studies Program, within the Institute of Arts and Humanities. Watch now >>



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