Conference Speakers


Virginia Held

Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Philosophy,
City University of New York, Graduate School
Professor Emerita,
Hunter College

Virginia Held, Keynote Speaker

Virginia Held is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York, Graduate School, and Professor Emerita at Hunter College. Her book The Ethics of Care: Personal, Political, and Global was published by Oxford University Press in 2006.  Among her other books are The Public Interest and Individual Interests (Basic Books, 1970), Rights and Goods: Justifying Social Action (Free Press, 1984; University of Chicago Press, 1989), Feminist Morality: Transforming Culture, Society, and Politics (University of Chicago Press, 1993) and How Terrorism is Wrong (Oxford University Press, 2008); as well as the edited collections  Property, Profits, and Economic Justice (Wadsworth, 1980), and Justice and Care: Essential Readings in Feminist Ethics (Westview, 1995). She co-edited the collections Philosophy and Political Action (with Kai Nielsen and Charles Parsons, Oxford UP, 1972) and Philosophy, Morality, and International Affairs (with Sidney Morgenbesser and Thomas Nagel, Oxford UP, 1974).

In 2001-2002 she was President of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association. She has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and has had Fulbright and Rockefeller fellowships. She has been on the editorial boards of many journals in the areas of philosophy and political theory, and has also taught at Yale, Dartmouth, UCLA, and Hamilton. She has five grandchildren. 


Eric Hartman

Assistant Professor in the School of Leadership Studies,
Kansas State University

Eric Hartman, Plenary Speaker

Eric Hartman has continuously worked to expand community and advance respect for human dignity. The global citizenship pedagogy he was central in developing has been utilized across scores of institutions, and the government of Northern Ireland recently announced scaling up their Belfast youth participation in that pedagogy through the organization where Eric serves on the board, Amizade Global Service-Learning. He has advocated for values inquiry and commitment within university-community engagement, as expressed in his recent article, “No Values, No Democracy: The Essential Partisanship of a Civic Engagement Movement”. His research and organizing has recently focused on the movement for Fair Trade Learning, which aims to make the means of global citizenship and community development education match the idealistic ends. He is an Assistant Professor in the School of Leadership Studies at Kansas State University and serves as Editor of