Public Engagement

#MeToo Philosphy; The Four Tough Cases

I am working on a book for a public audience. The book introduces five philosophical distinctions relevant to – and sorely needed by – the #MeToo Movement in its discussion of public allegations of sexual misconduct. I apply these distinctions to what I take to be the four toughest cases, from a moral perspective: Louie C.K., Al Franken, Aziz Ansari, and Joe Biden.


  • Taught 4 courses at the DC Prison Scholars Program, organized through Georgetown University: The Philosophy of Friendship; The Philosophy of Promises; Four Moral Vices and Four Works of Shakespeare; and The Philosophy of Wellbeing Explored through Film
  • Organized Workshop on the Public Discourse of Contested Sexual Consent – Small seminar of scholars who will address media discussions of consent policies at universities and in law. We will come up with accessible responses to objection from the public, September, 2016
  • Appeared on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” to discuss the handling of sexual harassment when traveling abroad, March 18, 2016
  • Participated in panel on minorities in philosophy, Brown’s Summer Immersion Program, June 2015
  • Wrote blog entry for Philosop-Her on “Promising Sex” that appears on both the DailyNous and Reddit.
  • Participated on an online panel of philosophers commenting on the “Ashley Madison” scandal, for the DailyNous.
  • Lecture/Screening of the UConn Human Rights Film Series, “Daughters of Gardeners,” Fall, 2012
  • Panel member responsible for explaining the Ethics of Public Representation, Training of Public Board Members: the Department of Regulations and Licensing, Madison, 2010.
  • Senior Summer School 2007 and 2009: A Private Summer Program for Senior Citizens: I lectured on philosophical topics to senior citizens three days a week for 8 weeks. Examples of topics: “Rumpelstiltskin and the Ethics of Surrogate Motherhood”; “Reproductive Rights and the Octo-Mom”
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