Fall 2021

The Baldy Center Podcast

Episode 23 Devonya Havis discusses the nature of truth and community practices for resistance.

The Freedom Wall, at the corner of Michigan Avenue and East Ferry Street in Buffalo, New York, is a mural depicting twenty-eight civil rights leaders active anytime from the 19th to the 21st centuries. Website image courtesy of Michigan Street African American Heritage. Learn more.

Episode 23. Devonya Havis discusses the nature of truth and community practices for resistance

Published November 30, 2021

Episode 23 features Devonya Havis, PhD, a 2021-2022 UB Center for Diversity Innovation Distinguished Scholar, and, associate professor in Philosophy at Canisius College. Dr. Havis discusses her research examining the nature of truth and the importance of broadening the field of philosophy to include the ways in which people encountering struggle engage in critical engagement about their condition. Havis specifically explores community practices, black ancestral practices, as an archive or guide for practice on how to push back.

Keywords: critical philosophy, black ancestral practices, inclusion, disability studies.

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…things that are celebratory, that are affirming, can also be forms of resistance. If we think about the Freedom Wall and how it evolved in Buffalo across from Bethel AME (African Methodist Episcopal) Church. If we think about what that represents, when you stand in front of Buffalo's Freedom Wall, and that amazing artwork, it is an act of resistance, but it's also an act of celebration."
     —Devonya Havis, PhD (2021 Baldy Center Podcast)

Devonya Havis, 2021-22 UB Center for Diversity Innovation Distinguished Visiting Scholar

RESEARCH FOCUS: Critical Philosophy of Race, Contemporary Continental Philosophy, and Critical Disability Studies

Devonya Havis, PhD.

Devonya Havis, PhD

Devonya N. Havis, PhD, is a 2021-22 UB Center for Diversity Innovation Distinguished Visiting Scholar. Her scholarly engagements utilize insights from US Black cultures and Michel Foucault to explore issues in Critical Philosophy of Race, Contemporary Continental Philosophy, and Critical Disability Studies. Havis has also been developing decolonial models for service and experiential learning.

2021-22 Podcast Producer

Edgar Girtain, Podcast 2021-22 Host/Producer.

Edgar Girtain, Podcast 2021-22 Host/Producer

Edgar Girtain is host/producer of the 2021-22 Edition of The Baldy Center Podcast. He is a PhD student in the music department at SUNY Buffalo, where he studies with David Felder. Girtain is a director of the Casa de Las Artes at the University of Southern Chile (UACh), and president of the Southern Chilean Composers Forum (FoCo Sur).He is an eminent composer, pianist, and writer of his own biographies. Girtain's diverse areas of work are often collaborative, cross-disciplinary, and international in ambition if not in practice.

Executive Producers

Samantha Barbas, PhD
Professor, UB School of Law
Director, The Baldy Center

Caroline Funk, PhD
Associate Director, The Baldy Center

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