ACADEMICS

  • Henry C. Theriault

    Contact Information
    Office S-316A
    508-929-8612
    htheriault@worcester.edu
     
    Education
    B.A., Princeton University;
    Ph.D., University of Massachusetts
     
    Dr. Theriault earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy in 1999 from the University of Massachusetts, with a specialization in social and political philosophy. He is currently Professor of Philosophy at Worcester State College, where he has taught since 1998. From 1999 to 2007, he served as coordinator of the College’s Center for the Study of Human Rights, which included oversight of development of the Dennis Brutus Manuscript Collection. Since 2007, he has served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed journal Genocide Studies and Prevention and has been on the Advisory Council of the International Association of Genocide Scholars.

    His research focuses on philosophical approaches to genocide issues, especially genocide denial and critical thinking and evidence standards, long-term justice, ethical analyses of perpetrator motivations, and the role of violence against women in genocide. 

  • Courses Taught
    • PH 100 Introduction to Philosophy
    • PH 102 History of Modern Western Philosophy, 1600-1800
    • PH 110 Critical Thinking
    • PH 115 Logic 1
    • PH 130 Ethics: Human Conduct and Values
    • PH 131 Medical Ethics
    • PH 163 Philosophy of Television
    • PH 190 Special Topics in Philosophy
    •  PH 201 19th Century European Philosophy
    • PH 202 Selected Topic in 20th-21st Century Western Philosophy: Postmodernism
    • PH 221 Existentialism and Phenomenology
    • PH 241 Genocide and Human Rights
    • PH 242 Race, Nation, Class, Gender, and Sexuality
    • PH 251 Mass Violence Against Women
    • PH 263 Film and Philosophy
    • PH 264 Philosophy of Education
    • PH 290 Advanced Special Topics in Philosophy
    • PH 301 Individual Figure in the History of Western Philosophy: Spinoza
    • PH 302 Topics in American Philosophy
    Publications
    Dr. Theriault earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy in 1999 from the University of Massachusetts, with a specialization in social and political philosophy. He is currently Professor of Philosophy at Worcester State College, where he has taught since 1998. From 1999 to 2007, he served as coordinator of the College’s Center for the Study of Human Rights, which included oversight of development of the Dennis Brutus Manuscript Collection. Since 2007, he has served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed journal Genocide Studies and Prevention and has been on the Advisory Council of the International Association of Genocide Scholars.

    His research focuses on philosophical approaches to genocide issues, especially genocide denial and critical thinking and evidence standards, long-term justice, ethical analyses of perpetrator motivations, and the role of violence against women in genocide.
     
    Honors and Grants
    “Restorative Justice and Alleviating the Consequences of Genocide,” “The Armenian Genocide and International Law” conference, Haigazian University, Beirut, Lebanon, September 4, 2009.

    “Reinstating the Rights of the Armenian People and Armenian-Turkish Relations,” “Pan-Armenian Conference for the Discussion of Armenian-Turkish Relations and the Artsakh Conflict,” Stepanakert, Republic of Mountainous Karabakh, July 10, 2009.

    “From Rape as a Tool of Genocide to Genocide as a Tool of Rape,” “Gender and Sexual Violence” panel, Eighth Biennial Meeting of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, George Mason University, June 8, 2009.

    Keynote Speaker, United States Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues’ Armenian Genocide Observance, Cannon Caucus Room, Capitol Hill, April 22, 2009.

    “The Challenge of Denial for Post-Genocide Reconciliation and Justice,” “Remembering Rwanda 1994-2009: Genocide and Its Aftermath” symposium, University of Massachusetts – Boston, April 17, 2009.