Jose Medina

José Medina to Present 14th Annual Lindner Lecture in Ethics at Wooster

Northwestern University professor to speak Oct. 30, be part of “author meets critics” session Oct. 31

October 22, 2019   /  

WOOSTER, Ohio – José Medina, the Walter Dill Scott Professor of Philosophy at Northwestern University, will present “Capital Vices, Institutional Failures, and Activism Inside/Outside a County Jail” at the 14th Lindner Lecture in Ethics on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at The College of Wooster. The free public lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.). A dessert reception will precede the lecture.

The following day, Thursday, Oct. 31, a panel of Medina, Gaile Pohlhaus, associate professor of philosophy and graduate director at Miami University of Ohio, and Nancy McHugh, professor of philosophy and chair of the department at Wittenberg University, will convene at 11 a.m., in room 105 of Scovel Hall (944 College Mall) for an “author meets critics” session.

Medina specializes in critical race theory, feminist and queer theory, political philosophy, communication theory, and social epistemology. His current projects focus on how social perception and the social imagination contribute to the formation of vulnerabilities to different kinds of violence and oppression. He explores the social movements and kinds of activism that can be mobilized to resist racial and sexual violence and oppression in local and global contexts. He has authored four books and numerous essays. He received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Sevilla and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University.

Pohlhaus’s research interests focus on the intersection of epistemology and social and political philosophy. She is interested in questions of knowledge and identity in light of differences in social position and her work draws on feminist and critical race theorists, both analytic and continental. She received a bachelor of arts degree from Sarah Lawrence College and Ph.D. from Stony Brook University.

Gaile Pohlhaus

McHugh’s areas of interest concern the relationship between epistemology, justice, and how individual and communities resist injustice. In addition to the courses she teaches at Wittenberg, she regularly teaches philosophy courses as part of the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program at London Correctional Institute in London, Ohio, which includes students from Wittenberg and men who are incarcerated. She received a bachelor of arts degree from Lake Erie College, M.A. from Cleveland State University, and Ph.D. from Temple University.

Nancy McHugh

The Lindner Lecture in Ethics is supported by The Lindner Endowment, which was established in 2007 through a generous gift from Carl H. Lindner to support the department of philosophy in the teaching of ethics. Additional information about the lecture is available by phone (330-263-2380) or email (