"Ethics in Your World" Book Series with Myisha Cherry


Friday, March 1, 2019, 3:00pm to 4:00pm


Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge MA

Myisha Cherry Unmuted cover

In collaboration with the Harvard Book Store, we are thrilled to welcome Myisha Cherry, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside and former Graduate Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, to discuss her new book, UnMuted: Conversations on Prejudice, Oppression, and Social Justice. She will be joined in conversation by three philosophers interviewed in the book: Rachel Ann McKinney, José Mendoza, and Joel Michael Reynolds.

About Unmuted: Conversations on Prejudice, Oppression, and Social Justice: 

Why do people hate one another? Who gets to speak for whom? Why do so many people combat prejudice based on their race, sexual orientation, or disability? What does segregation look like today? Many of us ponder and discuss urgent questions such as these at home, and see them debated in the media, the classroom, and our social media feeds, but many of us don't have access to the important new ways philosophers are thinking about these very issues. Enter UnMute, the popular podcast hosted by Myisha Cherry, which hosts a diverse group of philosophers and explores their cutting-edge work through casual conversation. 

This book collects 31 of Cherry's lively and timely interviews, offering an accessible resource through which to encounter some of philosophy's most socially and politically engaged, public-facing work. Its original illustrations, depicting the interview subjects up close, show just how broad a range of philosophers--black, white, and brown, male and female, queer and straight, abled and disabled--are at the center of crucial contemporary conversations. Cherry asks philosophers to talk about their ideas in ways that anyone can understand, explaining how they got interested in philosophy, and why the questions they investigate matter urgently. 

Along with the interviews, the volume provides a foreword by Cornel West, a section in which all the interviewees explain how they got into philosophy, and a "Say What?" glossary defining terms that might be new to some readers. Like the podcast that inspired it, the book welcomes in those new to these philosophical questions, those captivated by questions of race, class, gender, and other issues and looking for a new lens through which to examine them, and those well-versed in public philosophy looking for a one-stop guide.

The “Ethics in Your World” series features leading thinkers taking on tough problems that matter to us all and is part of the Harvard Book Store's Friday Forum.

This event is free; no tickets are required. The book will be for sale at the event.