2022 Dr Joyce Mitchell Cook Memorial Lecture

kathryn belle


Dr Kathryn Sophia Belle is Director of the Africana Research Center and Associate Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies at Penn State University. She is also the Founding Director of the Collegium of Black Women Philosophers. 

We are delighted to welcome her to St Hilda’s to give the first on-site Joyce Mitchell Cook Lecture in which she will discuss the work of Joyce Mitchell Cook alongside that of two other Black women  philosophers - all with transatlantic connections.

5:30pm: Welcome
A message from Professor Anita Allen, guest speaker at last year’s inaugural Dr Joyce Mitchell Cook Memorial Lecture
Lecture by Dr Kathryn Sophia Belle, followed by questions

7pm: Drinks reception

7:30pm: Dinner
Welcome by the Chair of the Philosophy Faculty Board, Professor Chris Timpson, Professor of Philosophy of Physics and Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at Brasenose College and Dr Anita Avramides, Senior Research Fellow, St Hilda’s College

This important event, the second in the series and the first to be held in person, seeks to raise funds for the Joyce Mitchell Cook Memorial Fund, to create a new pathway to graduate studies in Philosophy for talented students from under-represented groups. Dr Joyce Mitchell Cook (PPP, 1955) was a pioneering alumna of St Hilda’s College who became the first Black American woman to earn a doctorate in Philosophy in the USA, guiding and inspiring future generations of women to follow in her footsteps.

We are proud to have established this lecture series in her name and grateful for the support of Professor Elinor Shaffer and the Philosophy Faculty in making this possible.

Booking deadline: 19 April 2022 for the dinner, 22 April for the lecture only The Lecture will be in person and livestreamed.  Please register to attend in person. The livestreaming link will be shared on this page on the day.

This event is organised by St Hilda's College. For more information and any updates please check here