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Life of the Mind is a semi-annual lecture series that features a distinguished UC faculty member presenting his or her work and expertise. A panel of three will respond to and discuss the lecture from diverse perspectives, and a moderator will encourage audience engagement. The series includes intriguing insights from diverse perspectives, and encourages faculty and students from across UC to engage in further discourse.

Sponsored by the Office of the President and organized by the University of Cincinnati Libraries and Faculty Senate, the mission of Life of the Mind is to celebrate UC faculty research, scholarship and creative output and to foster the free and open exchange of ideas and discourse.

Life of the Mind Steering Committee consists of:

  • Tracy Herrmann, co-chair
  • Xuemao Wang, co-chair
  • Robert Faaborg
  • Melissa Cox Norris
  • Peter Stambrook
  • Jeffrey Tilman
  • Carol Wheeler-Strother

Join us for Life of the Mind featuring Heidi L. Maibom, Professor of Philosophy

Tuesday, March 29 |  3:30-5pm | Russell C. Myers Alumni Center

Life of the Mind, interdisciplinary conversations with UC faculty, will return Tuesday, March 29, 3:30-5pm in the Russell C. Myers Alumni Center with a lecture by Heidi L. Maibom, professor of philosophy in the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, who will speak on “Know Others to Know Thyself: Uses and Misuses of Taking Another’s Perspective.”

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Heidi L. Maibom

Heidi L. Maibom

Featured Speaker

Heidi L. Maibom studied at University of Copenhagen, University of Bologna and University College London, and has held fellowships at Cambridge and Princeton Universities. She works on folk psychology, empathy, responsibility and psychopathy, for example: what is empathy and what is its moral relevance? how should we understand shame? how do we understand other minds? are psychopaths responsible agents? do you need to know what you are doing in order to be responsible for it? do judgments of right or wrong essentially spring from practical reason or emotion? are women better empathizers than men? Her publications include Empathy and Morality (editor), Neurofeminism: Issues at the Intersection of Feminist Theory and Cognitive Science with Robyn Bluhm and Anne Jaap Jacobson, as well as numerous peer-reviewed publications and book chapters.


Dr. Cal Adler

Dr. Cal Adler

Dr. Cal Adler - Professor and Vice-Chair for Clinical Research in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience in the College of Medicine. Dr. Adler also serves as Co-Director of the Division of Bipolar Disorders Research and Co-Director of the UCNI Mood Disorders Center, and is the former Director of the Center for Imaging Research. He received a B.S. from the Pennsylvania State University and an M.D. from Jefferson Medical College of the Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Adler completed residency in psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center, where he was a Chief Resident, and a Senior Staff Fellowship in the Experimental Therapeutics Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Adler’s research interests include the use of neuroimaging techniques to study both healthy cognitive processes and the neuropathophysiology of bipolar and psychotic disorders, as well as the psychopharmacologic treatment of bipolar disorder. He has published numerous peer-reviewed and other publications.

Dr. Valerie Grey Hardcastle

Dr. Valerie Grey Hardcastle

Dr. Valerie Grey Hardcastle - Professor of Philosophy, Psychology, and Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience in the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences. Professor Hardcastle studies the nature and structure of interdisciplinary theories in the cognitive sciences and has focused primarily on developing a philosophical framework for understanding conscious phenomena responsive to neuroscientific, psychiatric and psychological data. Currently, she is investigating the neuroscience of violence and its implications for both our understanding of human nature and the criminal justice system. Professor Hardcastle received a bachelor’s degree with a double major in philosophy and political science from the University of California, Berkeley, a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Houston and an interdisciplinary PhD in cognitive science and philosophy from the University of California, San Diego. She has published five single author books, three edited volumes, and over 150 articles and book chapters. 

Dr. Ethan Katz

Dr. Ethan Katz

Dr. Ethan Katz - Assistant Professor of History in the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences. Professor Katz was educated at Amherst College and the University of Wisconsin. He is a historian of modern Europe and the Mediterranean, with specialties in the history of modern France and its empire and modern Jewish history. Professor Katz's first book is a history of Jewish-Muslim relations in France since World War I, entitled The Burdens of Brotherhood: Jews and Muslims from North Africa to France. The book won a 2015 National Jewish Book Award as well as the David H. Pinkney Prize for the best book in French History, given by the Society for French Historical Studies. In 2015, he published a collection of essays, Secularism in Question: Jews and Judaism in Modern Times that reconsiders how Jewish studies and the larger "secularism debate" can be brought into fruitful conversation. Professor Katz is now at work on a new project provisionally entitled Freeing the Empire: The Jewish Uprising That Helped the Allies Win the War.  This book seeks to chronicle the riveting and fascinating yet little-known story of an uprising in Algiers from 1940 to 1943 that proved vital to the success of Operation Torch. In the process, the work will examine larger issues such as the meaning of the choice to resist and the complexity of the relationship between colonialism and the Holocaust. 

Robert E. Richardson, Jr.


Robert E. Richardson, Jr., Chairperson, University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees



Past Lectures


View the September 2015 program below:


View the March 2014 program below: