Episode 23 features Devonya Havis, PhD, a 2021-2022 UB Center for Diversity Innovation Distinguished Scholar, and, associate professor in Philosophy at Canisius College. Dr. Havis discusses her research examining the nature of truth and the importance of broadening the field of philosophy to include the ways in which people encountering struggle engage in critical engagement about their condition. Havis specifically explores community practices, black ancestral practices, as an archive or guide for practice on how to push back.
The theme music for this season was composed by University at Buffalo Department of Music PhD student Matias Homar.
Speaker Research Focus
Critical Philosophy of Race, Contemporary Continental Philosophy, and Critical Disability Studies
Devonya N. Havis, PhD, is a 2021-22 UB Center for Diversity Innovation Distinguished Visiting Scholar. Her scholarly engagements utilize insights from US Black cultures and Michel Foucault to explore issues in Critical Philosophy of Race, Contemporary Continental Philosophy, and Critical Disability Studies. Havis has also been developing decolonial models for service and experiential learning.
Edgar Girtain is host/producer of the 2021-22 Edition of The Baldy Center Podcast. He is a PhD student in the music department at SUNY Buffalo, where he studies with David Felder. Girtain is a director of the Casa de Las Artes at the University of Southern Chile (UACh), and president of the Southern Chilean Composers Forum (FoCo Sur).He is an eminent composer, pianist, and writer of his own biographies. Girtain's diverse areas of work are often collaborative, cross-disciplinary, and international in ambition if not in practice.
Samantha Barbas, PhD & Caroline Funk, PhD