Anger

The philosophy department will be hosting an author and podcast host to discuss allies and racial injustice at their annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference. Myisha Cherry, assistant professor of philosophy at the University of California, Riverside, will deliver her speech “Rage Renegades: A Message to “Allies.” 

Susan Dieleman, assistant professor of philosophy, who is coordinating the event, said Cherry’s philosophical work on rage will be part of her speech at the conference.

“She is also the host of a very popular podcast called ‘The UnMute Podcast.’ In this podcast, she interviews diverse philosophers — philosophers of color, women philosophers and talks about their philosophical work,” said Dieleman.

Dieleman said Cherry’s recently published book, “The Case for Rage: Why Anger is Essential to Anti-Racist Struggle,” will be referenced.

“This lecture sort of ends up being part of her book tour for this topic,” Dieleman said. “She is going to be looking at, from a philosophical perspective, what anger is all about. Sometimes it is referred to as moral psychology, looking at the usefulness or the value or the nature of various sorts of emotions that we have. So, she is looking specifically at anger or rage and how it is relevant to things

like activism.” 

Shannon Strom, senior philosophy major, whose hometown is Peoria, Illinois, said she looks forward to meeting Cherry. 

“I am really excited about the opportunity to have a more connected conversation with Dr. Cherry,” Strom said. “I’ve been listening to her podcast — The UnMute Podcast — since around the time the pandemic started, and it had helped me feel really connected to philosophy. Dr. Cherry and her work remind me of how powerful philosophy can be, especially when working toward a transformative change, and I’m excited to have the opportunity to thank her for that.” 

Christopher Pearson, professor and chair of philosophy said a lot of factors went into the decision for Cherry as keynote speaker. 

“We have students come to this conference from all over the country. We want to make sure that the speaker is going to be someone that is great for the students. We have learned that some topics and some people work a lot better than others,” Pearson said. “It’s really timely and socially important and it should be really exciting for the undergrads who are participating. It came together really beautifully, that she ended up being the keynote speaker given her interest.” 

Dieleman said she is interested in hearing Cherry’s ideas and the student’s reception of them.

“One of the things about philosophy is that it tends to not be the most diverse of disciplines and somewhere I am interested [is] showing people that philosophy is not necessarily the stodgy old discipline that people might think,” Dieleman said. “Young scholars are doing exciting work that is relevant and I am hoping that comes across with Cherry’s talk.”

The keynote speech will be held at 4 p.m. on Oct. 29. Anyone interested in attending should contact Dieleman at sdielem@siue.edu. The event will also be broadcast as a live webinar, which can be joined using the QR code on flyers that have been circulated on campus through Dieleman for a link to the webinar. 

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