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New appointments to NAKS

02 Oct 2023 11:58 AM | Eli Benjamin Israel (Administrator)

We are pleased to announce that Andrew Chignell and Katharina Kraus have each been appointed to the position of NAKS Tercentennial Officers to organize conferences and celebrations marking the 300th Anniversary of Kant’s birth. They have already organized two NAKS Tercentennial Events. The first is a NAKS Tercentennial Celebration and Symposium organized by Andrew and Katharina together with Lucy Allais at John Hopkins University and at the Goethe Institute in Washington, D.C. It will include two staged readings of Thomas Bernhard’s play Immanuel Kant and a symposium, “Kant and the World Today” on the implications of Kant’s philosophy for various issues confronting us today. (For details, Conferences/Workshops below). The second is a NAKS Kantian Birthday Party at the Central APA in New Orleans in 2024. (For details, see the APA NAKS Session announcements under Conferences/Workshops below.) There are also some international plans afoot, including a joint Tercentennial Conference with the South Korean Kant Society and a virtual conference with the working title “Idea for a Universal Kant Conference with Cosmopolitan Purpose.” Look for further announcements on the NAKS website!

We are also pleased to announce the formation of a NAKS Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Committee. The Co-Chairs of the Committee are Huaping Lu-Adler and Lucy Allais, and the regular committee members include Maria Mejia and Corey Beckford and (ex officio) Robert and me. The committee will advise Robert and me on any DEIB issues that might arise and actions NAKS can take to be more inclusive. We would like to thank Huaping, Lucy, Maria, and Corey for willing to give their ideas, advice, and time.

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