The Orators Lecture: V. Denise James, Ph.D. - "An Imperfect Person - Called Hero"

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 2:00pm
Forum Room-401C, Griffis Hall

Additional Information

The Honors College is pleased to continue The Orators - a year long program which invites speakers that represent various campus disciplines and topics to engage our university and community in research, course work, and public forums.

February 19, 2020

2:00 pm in the Forum Room-401, Griffis Hall


"An Imperfect Person - Called Hero"
V. Denise James, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Director of Women's and Gender Studies Program, University of Dayton


Biographical Note:

V. Denise James is a writer and artist. She is the Director of Women's and Gender Studies and associate professor of philosophy at the University of Dayton. She was born in Richmond, Virginia into a working-class family where she was among the first to go to college. When she graduated from high school, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia to attend Spelman College where she earned her B.A. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Emory University. She joined the faculty of the University of Dayton in 2008, where she won the College of Arts of Sciences Faculty Awards for Teaching and Service.

Her research centers on the politics of geography, identity, and social justice in relation to the intersections of class, race, and gender. She believes that our social problems require that we take an active interest in democratic thinking and participation. She hopes to be part of the solution through community activism and scholarly work that actively fight oppression. It is her hope that the work she does both in the academy and outside of the academy will help spark discussion and build communities that would support the thriving of all people, especially the poor and marginalized. She has published essays about the intersections of classical American pragmatism and black feminism, sexual violence, and the sexualization of children. She is at work on a book about the life and thought of Audre Lorde.

Please join us for a reception immediately after the presentation.

For questions, please call the Shackouls Honors College at 662.325.2522