/ 2019 Feminist-Pragmatist Philosophy Colloquium

2019 Feminist-Pragmatist Philosophy Colloquium

  • Thursday, Nov 14 — Sunday, Nov 17
  • St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York

THEME: Looking Back to Move Forward

DATES: Thursday, November 14 – Sunday, November 17, 2019

LOCATION: St. John Fisher College (Rochester, New York) with excursions to historic Mt. Hope Cemetery, Susan B. Anthony House, the Women’s Rights National Historical Park (Seneca Falls), sites of interest related to Frederick Douglass, and more.

DESCRIPTION:  2020 (less than two months from this conference date) is a historical year, marking the 200th birthday of Susan B. Anthony, the 202nd birthday of Frederick Douglass, and the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Rochester, New York, was the home for both Anthony and Douglass and Seneca Falls (driving distance from Rochester) hosted the first Women’s Rights Convention. In addition, Rochester and Seneca Falls are also within the traditional Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) territory, which is not only the oldest living participatory democracy, but also a confederacy that was matrilineal and inspired first-wave feminism. It is our honor to acknowledge this rich history and these various traditions with a conference. We welcome your participation.

CONFERENCE FORMAT: Mix of traditional presentations, poster sessions, Scholar Circle (writing workshop), and traveling/touring elements.

* ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS:  — DEADLINE PASSED; however, please join us!

* TO REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE, please use the following link:

* HOTEL: A special conference rate is available at the Hilton Garden Inn Rochester/ University & Medical Center, 30 Celebration Drive. COST: $139.00/night. To make reservation go to  or call (585)424-4404. Request room in block reserved for “St. John Fisher College/Feminist Pragmatist Conference”. (Please note: This hotel is walking distance to Thursday night events as transportation to all other conference locations (to and from) will be provided from this location.)

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Funding for this conference has been provided by the American Philosophical Association’s Berry Fund for Public Philosophy (, the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy (, Rochester Institute of Technology (a co-sponsor of this event), and St. John Fisher College.  

Final Program

Scholars’ Circle Flyer


Logistics and Questions



THEME: Looking Back to Move Forward

SJFC Annual UNESCO World Philosophy Day

St. John Fisher College, Rochester, New York

November 14 – November 17, 2019

(UPDATED 7-18-19: tentative schedule)

Thursday, November 14


Mt. Hope Cemetery Tour & Elements of Frederick Douglass No Soil Better Tour including Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass gravesites as well as some or all of the following: Lewis Henry Morgan, Lillian Wald (settlement House Rochester), Ellen Montgomery, Susan Francis Kelly, Martha Matilda Hopper, etc.   (Meet in the Hilton Garden Inn (30 Celebration Drive) Lobby at 2:30.  We will walk to Mt. Hope Cemetery together.)


Dinner and Wine Tasting at Grappa(

Wine Tasting led by Suzanne Hunt, Owner: Hunt Country Vineyards.* ( 

PLEASE NOTE:  Self-pay at restaurant

*Award winning, certified organic family winery and leader in sustainable farming

Friday, November 15 – Saint John Fisher College Campus

All day: book displays

8:30-9:00am: Welcoming remarks

9:05-10:00am: Keynote speaker Louise W. Knight (Topic:  Sarah and Angelina Grimké)

10:10am-12:10pm:  Scholars’ Circle

12:20-2:00pm: Buffett Lunch & Akwaaba Historical Reenactors (A Gathering of Women)

2:30-4:30pm: Concurrent Panel Paper Presentations

Friday, November 15 – Susan B. Anthony House

5:15-6:15pm: Tour of National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House


Dinner & Keynote Speakers at the Susan B. Anthony House:   

Deborah Hughes, President and CEO of Susan B. Anthony House, Topic: Susan B. Anthony and the Suffrage Movement & 

Marilyn Fischer, Professor Emeritus, University of Dayton, Topic: Addams and Suffrage

Saturday, November 16 – Seneca Falls, New York

9:00am-12:00pm: Museum, Wesleyan Chapel, & National Women’s Hall of Fame

1:30-3:00pm: Panel Presentations or Tour Stanton House

3:20 – 4:40: Seigfried Scholars’ Circle (Facilitators: Erin McKenna & Lee McBride)

4:50-6:15pm: Concurrent Panel Presentations

6:30-8:00pm: Dinner Buffett at Seneca Falls’ Gould Hotel & Keynotes: 

Louise Wakerakats:te McDonald, Mohawk Bear Clan Mother &

Sally Roesch Wagner, Executive Director, The M.J. Gage Foundation, Inc. and M.J. Gage Center for Social Justice Dialogue

8:00 pm – participants return by shuttle to hotel

Sunday, November 17

Extended Visit Options:  Finger Lakes Winery Tours; Frederick Douglass Tours cont.’ Rochester Area Sites & Statues