Philosophies of Liberation Encuentro: An encuentro in defense of life, earth and humanity

The inaugural meeting of the Philosophies of Liberation Encuentro will be co-hosted by LMU and Casa 0101, a community arts center in Boyle Heights, on May 18th and May 19th 2019. This event brings together diverse approaches to questions and practices of liberation from philosophy, to theology, art, activism, and community. The events of Saturday, May 18th will be hosted at Casa0101 Theater (2102 East First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033) from 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. The events of Sunday, May 19th will be hosted at LMU in Ahmanson Auditorium (UNH 1000) from 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday’s keynote speaker, Enrique Dussel, will deliver his address, “Philosophy of Liberation and Decolonization,” from 4-6 p.m. in Ahmanson Auditorium. 

This event is free to attend and all are welcome. Please email Don Deere at to register and secure your place. 

The Philosophies of Liberation Encuentro is proudly sponsored the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Office, the Office of Mission and Ministry, and the departments of History, Philosophy, Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, Political Science, and Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University, as well as and

Full Conference Schedule:

May 18th
First Day of the Encuentro held at Casa 0101
2102 East First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033

Introduction: 8:30am-9:00am

Session 1: 9am-10:20am | Moderator: Jimmy Centeno (AFyL)
Nancy Marie Mithlo (UCLA)
Keeping up the Good Fight: First World Activism as a Strategy of Oppression

Pilar Tompkins Rivas (Director, Vincent Price Art Museum)
From the Inside Out: Decolonizing Museum Strategies

Session 2: 10:30am-11:50am | Moderator: Frederick B. Mills (Bowie State)
Gabriel Salazar (Universidad Nacional Autonóma de México/AFyL)
La importancia de la ‘quinta’ redacción de El Capital (1868-1882) para la Filosofía de la Liberación

Omar Quiñonez (Emory University)
Liberation and Class: Where Do We Stand Today?

Lunch: 11:50am-1:00pm

Session 3: 1:00pm-2:20pm | Moderator: Jimmy Centeno (AFyL)
Frederick B. Mills (Bowie State University)
Dussel Now: How the Ethics of Liberation Informs Praxis

Enrique Téllez (Universidad Iberoamericana/AFyL)
Comments from Política de la Liberación

Session 4: 2:30-4:50pm | Moderator: Jake Hook (Loyola Marymount)
An Yountae (California State University, Northridge)
(Dis)Belief in this World: Fanon and the Phenomenology of Colonial Existence

Erick Padilla (Louisiana State University)
From Colonized Thought to Decolonial Aesthetics: The Search for a “Philosophical Voice” Amongst Puerto Rican Colonial Subjects

Session 5: 5:00-6:00pm | Moderator: Miguel Gualdrón (Oxford College of Emory)
Peter J. García (California State University, Northridge) and Chela Sandoval (UC Santa Barbara)
Coyote Deliberations from me-Xicanx Borderlands: De-colonizing Perform-antics, and “Storytelling-Witnessing/World-Art-Performance-as-Activism.”

May 19th
Second Day of the Encuentro Held at Loyola Marymount University
1 LMU Drive, University Hall, Suite 3600

Session 6: 8:30am-10:30am | Moderator: Kalika Rudd (Loyola Marymount)
Rafael Vizcaíno (Rutgers University)
Secularizing Liberation Theology? Enrique Dussel and the Postsecular

Benjamin Davis (Emory University)
Toward Solidarities: Édouard Glissant’s Vocabulary of Ethics

Sam Badger (University of South Florida)
Odysseus as Homo Economicus: Moving beyond the Virtue of Cunning

Session 7|Roundtable|10:40am-Noon | Moderator: Don Deere (Loyola Marymount)
Miguel Gualdrón (Oxford College of Emory)
Luis Rubén Díaz Cepeda (UACJ)
Jimmy Centeno (CASA/AFyL)
Trajectories of Liberatory Thought and Community

Lunch: Noon-1:00pm

Session 8: 1:00pm-2:20pm | Moderator: Rafael Vizcaíno (Rutgers University)
Dora Magaña (Centro Cultural Centroamericano)
Participación de la Mujer en las Luchas Sociales y Políticas en El Salvador:
Demandas de Clase y Género

Bill Kelley, Jr. (Cal State Bakersfield)
Sumak Kawsay and Pablo Sanaguano

Session 9: 2:30-3:50pm | Moderator: Tomás Pimenta (New School for Social Research)
Omar Rivera (Southwestern University)
Art and Resistance

Alejandro Vallega (University of Oregon)
The Sense of Xu in Chinese Painting as a Way to a Decolonial Aesthesis of Liberation

Keynote Address: 4:00pm-6:00pm | Moderator: Don Deere (Loyola Marymount)
Enrique Dussel (UAM-Iztapalapa/Universidad Nacional Autonóma de México)
Philosophy of Liberation and Decolonization/Filosofía de la Liberación y descolonización