Lindner Lecture

Kate Manne

Lecture: Wednesday, September 12th, Lean Lecture Room, at 7:30pm

Author Meets Critics Session: Thursday, September 13th, Scovel Hall Room 004, 11:00am


The 2018 Lindner Lecture in Ethics will be given on Wednesday, September 12, by Professor Kate Manne from the Sage School of Philosophy at Cornell University. Before joining the faculty at Cornell, Manne was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. Her PhD is from MIT. 

Professor Manne is an extraordinarily accomplished philosopher already at a young age. Most recently, her 2017 book Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny has garnered much attention and favorable review.  Philosopher Cordelia Fine selected Down Girl as 2017 Book of the Year for The Big Issue; Carlos Lozada included it among the “Dozen Most Memorable Books of 2017 for the Washington Post’s Book Party; and Carrie Tirado Bramen included it amongst her “Books of the Year 2017” for Times Higher Education.  This important work, on which her Lindner Lecture is based, is an “exploration of misogyny in public life and politics. It argues that misogyny should not be understood primarily in terms of the hatred or hostility some men feel toward all or most women. Rather, it’s primarily about controlling, policing, punishing, and exiling the “bad” women who challenge male dominance. And it’s compatible with rewarding “the good ones,” and singling out other women to serve as warnings to those who are out of order. 

Professor Manne is an expert in Moral Philosophy (especially metaethics, moral psychology, and practical reason), Social Philosophy, and Feminist Philosophy. She has published impressive papers in a variety of venues including the journals Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Social Theory and Practice, and Philosophical Studies as well as in two separate Oxford Studies in Metaethics collections of essays. 


On Thursday, September 13, the Philosophy Department will host an author-meets-critics session in which two critics will share critical response to Professor Manne’s Lindner Lecture followed by a reply to her critics by Professor Manne and audience Q&A. The two philosophers serving as critic are Professor Vanessa Wills from The George Washington University and Professor Lori Watson from University of San Diego. Professor Wills specializes in Philosophy of Race; Moral Philosophy; Social and Political Philosophy; and 19th Century German Philosophy (especially Karl Marx). Professor Watson has expertise in ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of law, and feminism.

The Lindner Endowment was established in 2007 by Carl H. Lindner of Cincinnati, Ohio, to benefit the Department of Philosophy. The purpose of the Lindner Lectureship is to support the teaching of Ethics. 

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The Peter Mortensen Endowed Lecture

Edward Humes

7:30pm, September 26th, 2018

Location: McGaw Chapel


Garbology is authored by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, Edward Humes. The book examines the relationship that humans have with our garbage – the waste that we create, dispose, buy and sell. In this examination, questions surface regarding economics, international relations, environmental impact, and other cross-cutting issues surrounding waste that humans generate

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Unveiling the Hidden Science Superstars

Time: October 17, 2018 at 3:00pm

Location: Timken Science Library in the Reading Room


The Timken Science Library is making a commitment to celebrate the rich diversity of scientists that aren’t currently represented in the design of the building.  At this event, we will dedicate 6 new displays throughout the building, each honoring a scientist, engineer, technologist, or inventor from a historically underrepresented group.  Selection was made by the College of Wooster community who voted on the honorees from a pool of twelve finalists.  This event will unveil the four sculptural busts and two museum quality photographs funded through an LSTA open planning grant administered by the State Library of Ohio and private donations.   For more information contact the Timken Library Staff
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Helen Murray Free Endowed Lecture

Joseph S. Francisco, PhD

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Technical lecture at 11:00 AM; Public lecture at 7:30 PM

Ruth W. Williams Hall of Life Sciences Gateway Classroom, room 060


Dr. Francisco joins the Department of Earth and Environmental Science, University of Pennsylvania as the President’s Distinguished Professor, July 1, 2018.  Since 2014, he has served as the Elmer H. and Ruby M. Cordes Chair in Chemistry & Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His research interests include atmospheric chemistry, tropospheric and stratospheric chemical kinetics and modeling, atmospheric spectroscopy and photochemistry, aerosol and cloud chemistry. This year, the lecture topic title will be ” From Atmospheric Complexes to Aerosols: New Insights into Atmospheric Chemistry”. He was President of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers from 2005-2007, and served on its Board of Directors from 2003-2007. President Barack Obama appointed Dr. Francisco as a member of the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science serving the term from 2010-2015.

More about the Helen Murray Free Endowed Lecture

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Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature Exhibit

Time: October 22 through December 1, 2018

Location: Andrews Library Foyer


Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature explores the enduring power of the Frankenstein story to expose hidden fears of science and technology—both in the original novel and shaped into new forms, such as plays, films, and comics. Captivating audiences for 200 years, as scientists have gained new knowledge, the Frankenstein story remains like a warning beacon, throwing its unsettling beam upon human efforts to penetrate the secrets of nature.  The exhibit is in six panels, each with a different inter and cross-disciplinary focus.   For more information from the National Library of Medicine see

Faculty can schedule an interactive exploration of the themes by contacting your Subject Liaison Librarian

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said that “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” The College of Wooster honors the National MLK Day of Service theme with events centered on service, justice, and equity each year.

In 1983 a federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was created and in 1994 Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading this effort.

Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.” The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President’s national call to service initiative.

The College of Wooster will be celebrating MLK day on January 21, 2019.

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Senior Independent Study Symposium

Check out this video from the Independent Study Symposium from 2018

Each year, the College of Wooster cancels classes on a Friday in April to celebrate the accomplishments of the senior class. The college itself becomes a classroom as hundreds of senior share the projects they have developed during the academic year. Students, faculty, staff, parents, and community members are encouraged to visit campus that day and listen to presentations, view art exhibits, ask questions about research posters, and explore the work of the senior class.

For more information about the symposium, please visit The College of Wooster’s IS symposium webpage. 

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