Join us at this week’s Philosophy Club meeting Thursday, November 29th from 12:15 to 1:45 in 421 Auerbach Hall as Stephen Balkaran presents on the Philosophy of Social Justice: Race and Civil Rights in the 21st Century.
Besides teaching here at the University, Stephen currently serves as an Instructor of African-American Studies in the Department of Philosophy at Central Connecticut State University, where he initiated, developed, and coordinates a Civil Rights Project. (2006-Pres) He also serves as an Instructor of Political Science at Quinnipiac University (2011-Pres). He has also served as Research Fellow for The Human Rights Research Fund at Yale University working under Mrs. Kathleen Cleaver, Black Panther and Yale Professor of African-American Studies.
He has authored 7 books: Introduction to African American Studies: A Reader; Before We Were Called Hispanics: Conversations on the Race, Politics, and Immigration Reform; Re-Tracing the Civil Rights Movement; The Continuing Significance of Race; An American Dilemma; Broken Promises, Broken Dreams, Disparities and Disappointments: Civil Rights in the 21st Century; and Chasing the Dream. America’s Promise of Civil Rights. He has also authored over 70 articles in Academic Journals, Magazines, and OP-EDs on Race Relations, Diversity & Inclusion, American Foreign policy, and Public Policy. He has given over 75 speeches on his research, publications, and books throughout the United States.
Before launching his academic career, Mr. Balkaran worked for the African National Congress (Nelson Mandela’s ruling party in South Africa) in partnership with the University of Connecticut. He was also a Research Associate for the United Nations in New York, and was a former aide to the CT Secretary of the State.
Mr. Balkaran’s educational background spans from the Presentation College in Trinidad, The University of Connecticut, and Quinnipiac University School of Law. Mr. Balkaran currently resides in West Hartford, CT.
The University of Hartford Philosophy Club has an informal, jovial atmosphere. It is a place where students, professors, and people from the community at large meet as peers. Sometimes presentations are given, followed by discussion. Other times, topics are hashed out by the whole group.
Presenters may be students, professors, or people from the community. Anyone can offer to present a topic. The mode of presentation may be as formal or informal as the presenter chooses.
Food and drink are served. Come and go as you wish. Bring friends. Suggest topics and activities. Take over the club! It belongs to you!