Scholarsatlecture​The UCD Philosophy Department holds a colloquium series each fall and spring semester. In addition, the Department hosts one distinguished speaker to give our annual Honi Haber Memorial Lecture. All lectures are free and open to the public, and speakers range from our department faculty to philosophers from around the world. The lecture series is a great way to learn about current research and to get to know the philosophical interests of our faculty and students, as most lectures are followed up by discussion. Philosophy students also have exclusive access to the DVD recordings of past department lectures.

Upcoming events to look forward to!


Spring Semester 2020


Unfortunately, our upcoming lectures have been cancelled due to COVID-19.  We appologize for the inconvenience and thank everyone for their support.

March 19th - 3:30-5:00 - Cancelled

Pascal's Birds: Signs and Significance in Nature - Dr. Yuval Avnur - Scripps College

April 16th - 3:30-5:00 - Cancelled

Our department looks forward to hosting Professor Frederick Neuhouser our department's annual Honi Haber Memorial Lecture. 

Professor Neuhouser is a Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University. Professor Neuhouser's areas of specialization include 19th-century German Philosophy and Social and Political Philosophy. His research and recent talks have included discussions related to social and spiritual pathology in Rousseau, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Durkheim, Weber, Freud, and the Frankfurt School.

Previous Lectures:

  • Colonial Temporality and the Racialization of 'Woman" Dr. Megan Burke

  •  "As We Have Always Done."  A Lecture by Indigenous Scholar and Artist Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
  • "Overdoing Democracy: Why We Must Put Politics in its Place" Dr. Robert Talisse - Vanderbilt University co-sponsored by Student Life & Campus Community
  • "Attunement and Perspectival Truth" Dr. Rick Furtak - Colorado College
  • "Going to Grad School?" panel discussion with CU Denver faculty
  • "Miasmatic Thinking in the Euthyphro and Beyond." with Dr. Robert Metcalf - CU Denver

  • "Princess Killers: From The Hunger Games to Divergent" Dr. Kelly OliverVanderbilt University
  • "The Subversive Metaphysics of Tradegy" Dr. Gabriel ZamoscCU Denver
  • "Nietzsche's Nihilism" Dr. Maudemarie Clark - UC Riverside

  • "Animal Refugees, Climate Change, and a Foundation for a Land Ethic of the Anthropocene" 
  • “Re-reading Kantian Hospitality” 
  • "W.E.B Du Bois's Racialism and Two Liberal Conceptions of Plurality"
  •  "Time of Debt: The Production of Subjectivity in Capitalism"


  • "Plato and the Moving Image: Sovereignty and Seduction in the Phaedrus"
    • Dr. Sara Brill, Fairfield Unviersity. (March 9) 
  • “PhiloSOPHIA 10th Annual Conference"
    • ​Various Speakers, Free to all CU Denver and Boulder students (March 11-12)
  • "Sand Creek, Wounded Knee, and the Agency of American Empire"
    • ​Dr. Scott Pratt, University of Oregon. (April 21)

  • "Philosophy in the World: Roundtable with Alumni"
    • ​Brian Brinkerhoff, Lauren Davison, Kathy White; CU Denver Alumni. (September 3)
  • "The Race Idea in Reproductive Technologies"
    • Camisha Russel, University of California, Irvine (September 22)
  • "Friendship and Virtue in Plato's Republic"
    • ​Rachel Singpurwalla, University of Maryland. (October 1)
  • "Shareholders Do Not Own the Firm"
    • ​David Chandler, CU Denver Business School. (November 10)

  • "The Sounds of Climate Change: Sonic Rhetoric in a Volatile Age"
    • Michelle Comstock, CU Denver Associate Professor of English. (February 3)

  • "The Mumbling Children and the Wild Fighters: On Aristotle's Analogies of Inarticulate Knowledge in Metaphysics A" 
    • Jeff Golub, CU Denver International College of Bejing. (February 18)

  • "Listening,Tolerance, and Hospitality: Values for Diverse Democracies"
    • Carolyn Cusick, California State University, Fresno. (March 5) 

  • "Gender, Climate Change, and the Anthropocene"
    • Jack Halberstam, University of Southern California. (April 1)

  • HONI HABER MEMORIAL LECTURE: "The Malice of Rage: Heidegger's Account of the Essence of Evil "
    • Robert Bernasconi, Pennsylvania State University. (May 1)


  • "The Unruly Origins of Patriarchy: Beauvoir, Freud, and Nietzsche"
    • Shannon Mussett, Utah Valley University. (September 12)

  • "Heidegger on Animality"
    • Mark Tanzer, CU Denver Professor of Philosophy. (February 12) 

  • "Taking the Humans to Court: An Islamic Debate on Animal Slavery" 
    • Katharine Loevy, Pacific University & Richard McGregor, Vanderbilt University. (February 20) 

  • "How is Ethics Possible as a Science?"
    • Henrik Rydenfelt, University of Helsinki. (March 11) 

  • HONI HABER MEMORIAL LECTURE: "The Eugenic Structure of Mass Incarceration"
    • Lisa Guenther, Vanderbilt University. (April 22) 

  • "Nonreductive Natural Laws"
    • Mark Bauer, CU Denver Research Assistant Professor of Philosophy. (May 1)

  • "American Philosophy Before Pragmatism: Emerson and Thoreau"
    • Russel Goodman, University of New Mexico
    • James Reid, Metropolitan State University of Denver
    • Rick Furtak, Colorado College. (September 26)
  • "The Situation of Epistemology in Plato's Theaetetus"
    • Robert Metcalf, CU Denver Professor of Philosophy. (October 15) 
  • "Cases of Solution: Badiou and Deleuze on Multiple Being"
    • Becky Vartabedian, Regis College, UCD alumna. (October 29)
  • "The Natural History of Relgion' in Hume's Critique of Religious Belief"
    • Liz Goodnick, Metro State University. (November 14)

  • "Digital Technology in a Postmodern World."
    • ​Raphael Sassower, Professor of Philosophy, University of Colorado - Colorado Springs. (February 12)
  • "Addiction: An Irreducible Reality."
    • Candice Shelby, Professor of Philosophy, University of Colorado - Denver. (February 28)
  • Front Range Ancient Philosophy Group
    • Naomi Reshotko, University of Denver
    • Shane Ewegen, Stonehill College
    • Sonja Tanner, University of Colorado - Colorado Springs. (February 12)
  • HONI HABER MEMORIAL LECTURE: "The Future of Whiteness"
    • Linda Alcoff, Professor of Philosophy, City University of New York. (April 3)
  • "Law, State, and Revolution."
    • Bill Lewis, Associate Professor and Chair of Philosophy, Skidmore College. (May 6)


  • "Immigrant Narratives and Phenomenology."
    • ​Carlos Alberto Sánchez, Associate Professor of Philosophy, San José State University. (September 5)
  • "Drawing a Line in the Sand: How to Reason with Vague Terms." 
    • Helen Daly, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Colorado College. (September 24)
  • "The Charms of Reconstruction: Pragmatism as a neglected tradition in social philosophy."
    • Dr. Roberto Frega, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. (October 3)
  • "The normative creature: rethinking ethics and politics in a time of change & crisis."
    • Campus Talk by Dr. Roberto Frega, presented by University of Colorado - Denver, Department of Philosophy and the Office of Student Life. (October 8)

  • "Contradictions and Paradoxes in K nowledge and Wisdom Traditions." 
    • Ivan Mayerhofer, Colorado College Department of Philosophy. (January 25) 
  • “The Reversible Flesh of Women and Nonhuman Animals: Thinking Connection and Difference in Feminist and Decolonial Ethics.” (January 30)
  • “Uchronic History: Michèle Le Doeuff on Reclamation.” (February 1)
  • "Ethics of Emotion in Health Care.” (February 13)
  • “The Cosmopolitan Address.”
    • Noëlle McAfee, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Emory University. (March 12)
  • HONI HABER MEMORIAL LECTURE:  "From Scientific Socialism to Socialist Science: Naturdialektik Then and Now."
    • Adrian Johnston, University of New Mexico- Albuquerque. (April 30)

  • "Hegel and Egypt: From Orientalism to Recognition." 
    • Chad Kautzer, Assistant Professor, UCD Department of Philosophy. (September 20)

  • “Decoupling Teleosemantics and Selection.”
    • Mark Bauer, Visiting Assistant Professor, UCD Department of Philosophy.(October 18)

  • “Moral Realism and the Epistemological Objection.”
    • Beth Tropman, Assistant Professor, CSU Department of Philosophy. (November 14)

  • "Pragmatic Objectivity."
    • ​David Hildebrand, University of Colorado - Denver Philosophy Deparment. (February 16)
  • "Women as Weapons of Modern Warfare?" 
    • Kelly Oliver, W. Alton Jones, Chair of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University. (March 14)
  • HONI HABER MEMORIAL LECTURE: "Who Am I Really? Personal Identity in the Age of the Internet."
    • Albert Borgmann, University of Montana. (March 30)
  • "Obstacles to Ethical Know–How: A Comparative Approach."
    • Ashby Butnor, Metro State University, Department of Philosophy. (April 20)


  • September 21: Rashomon [epistemology, relativism]
  • September 28: Gattaca [ethics, broadly speaking]
  • October 5: Being John Malkovich [personal identity]
  • October 12: Run Lola Run [freedom, determinism]
  • October 19: Fight Club [freedom, existentialism]
  • October 26: Dogville [ethics, virtue]
  • November 2: Clockwork Orange [ethics, utilitarianism]
  • November 9: The Seventh Seal [ethics, meaning, religion]
  • November 16: Ordet [faith, religion]
  • November 30: La Voie lacte [faith, reason]
  • December 7: Teorema [the meaning of life]

VIDEO OF PAST LECTURES! Watch past lectures by visiting our YouTube channel Click here 

The Philosophy Department's Speaker Series is supported by contributions from friends and alumni of the UCD Philosophy Department. The Department is most grateful.