Two events last week seemed to come at me from the past. They could have occurred five years ago, or even 10 or 20 years ago. I did not, however, feel a burst of youth. Rather, I felt a real sadness for all of us who had once found such things common.
One was a lecture at the Jowett Society at Oxford and the other an emailed notice. The lecture itself itself was given by Jennifer Lackey. It was terrific. In fact, I wanted to raise an issue. Indeed, I put my hand up. And then someone else was called on. When that discussion was over, I put my hand up again. And then again. For 50 min my arm was straight up whenever there was a pause for a question. I was incredulous. I might as well have been invisible. I finally spoke out.
The other event was earlier. The other event was the CFP for this conference.
SCIENTISM AND CONSCIOUSNESS
A Conference at Keele University, UK, 27-28th June 2017
Philip Goff • John Cottingham • James Tartaglia • Keith Frankish • Christopher Norris
Five male speakers and no female speakers. I was incredulous, and indeed kept rereading the list to spot my mistake.
Well, one good thing: Jennifer Lackey’s sterling performance was a great example of why and how we benefit when women can speak.