Summer Seminar on Understanding
Fordham University, New York City
June 20-21, 2016

Fordham University will host a two-day seminar on human understanding in Manhattan. Seven invited speakers will lead the seminar and discuss their work on understanding with 16 advanced graduate students and junior faculty. 

Seminar Schedule

Seminar themes
The nature of understanding, varieties of understanding (e.g., moral, scientific, aesthetic, etc.), the value of understanding, early cognitive development, empathy and its relationship to understanding, the relationship between understanding and knowledge, verstehen and understanding in the social sciences, understanding and testimony, and other topics.

Seminar Speakers
Gordon Graham, Michael Hannon, Allan Hazlett, Alison Hills, Michael Strevens, Tania Lombrozo, Deena Weisberg

Seminar Participants
Amber Riaz (LUMS/Michigan), Boris Babic (Michigan), Daniel Breyer (Illinois State U), Eli Alshanetsky (Stanford), Emily Sullivan (Fordham), Errol Lord (U Penn), Georgi Gardiner (Rutgers), Greg Lynch (North Central), Joshua Alexander (Siena), Julie Jebeile (Paris-Sorbonne), Kenneth Boyd (Toronto), Lilian O'Brien (University College Cork), Mike Stuart (Pittsburgh), Mikkel Gerken (Edinburgh), Miriam Schoenfield (NYU/Austin), Shannon Spaulding (Oklahoma State), Tomas Bogardus (Pepperdine), Whitney Schwab (Baltimore)

Location
Fordham University, Law School Building. 150 West 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023. 

Accommodation
Participants will receive 6 nights accommodation at the Empire Hotel, which is located next to the seminar and conference venue. 

Capstone Conference
In addition to attending the two-day seminar, eminar participants are expected to attend our Capstone Conference in the three days immediately following the seminar (June 22-24, 2016). Capstone speakers include distinguished philosophers and psychologists such as Elizabeth Camp, Susan Carey, Richard Foley, Alison Gopnik, Jennifer Gosetti, Frank Keil, Ernest Sosa, and Linda Zagzebski

Direct all questions to Michael Hannon: mhannon11@fordham.edu.

The seminar is made possible by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.