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Renee Afanana  Hill

Hill, Dr. Renee Afanana , PhD


Associate Professor; Co-Director

Phone: 804-524-5556
Location: 101I Colson Hall


  • BA Linguistics – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, May, 1974
  • MA Reading – Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, May, 1978
  • MA Philosophy – University of Virginia,Charlottesville, Virginia, August, l990
  • PhD Philosophy – University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia,May, 1995; Dissertation area – Political Philosophy

Honors, Awards

  • HBCU Faculty Fellow, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, 2001

  • Contemplative Practices Fellow,

  • American Council of Learned Societies, 1999

  • Fellow, State Council of Higher Education of Virginia, l987-88,

  • l988-89, l989-l990, l990-9l, l99l-92

  • Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, l974

  • National Achievement Scholar, l970

Work Experience

  • Dates: September, 1994 - Present
    Position: Associate Professor
    Organization: Virginia State University
    Petersburg, Virginia

Selected Research, Publications, Presentations

  • Hill, R. (2015) Can We Create a Just World Without Violence? Jus Ad Bellum, Mindfulness and The Philosophy of Peace. Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education Conference, Washington, D.C.

  • Hill, R. (2015) My Work Is Loving The World. Invited Panelist. Mindfulness in Education Conference, Denver, CO.

  • Hill, R. (2014) Honor the Negative Space. Journal for Contemplative Inquiry. Vol. 1. No. 1.

  • Hill, R. (2013) Lessons of the Birmingham Movement: Youth, Activism, and the Struggle for Human Rights. Invited panelist. Co-sponsored by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Birmingham, AL.

  • Hill, R. (2013) Seminar on Contemplative Pedagogy at Northern Kentucky University. Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY.

  • Hill, R. (2012) The Art of Wondering. National HBCU Faculty Development Network Conference, Orlando, FL.

  • Hill, R. (2012) Race in Richmond’s History. Invited panelist, Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond, VA.

  • Hill, R. (2011) Contemplative Pedagogy and Diversity. Panelist at Professional and Organizational Development in Higher Education Conference, Atlanta, GA.

  • Hill, R. (2011) Can I Get an Amen? Contemplative Practices at HBCUs. Panelist at Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education Conference, Amherst, MA.

  • Hill, R. (2011) Racial Persecution and the Assault on Human Dignity. Invited panel presenter. Co- sponsored by North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Greensboro, NC.

  • Hill, R. (2010) Teaching Fellow, Faculty Retreat, Contemplative Mind in Society, Smith College, MA.

  • Hill, R. (2010) Worst. Class. Ever. Paper presented at “The Contemplative Campus” Conference, Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education, Amherst College, MA.

  • Hill, R. (2009) Contemplation Without Context. Paper presented at the Contemplative Heart of Higher Education Conference, Amherst College, MA.

  • Hill, R. (2007) Teaching as Quest: Are We Plowers of the Field or Conductors of the Orchestra? Paper presented at Uncovering the Heart of Higher Education: Integrative Learning for CompassionateAction in an Interconnected World Conference, San Francisco, CA.

  • Hill, R. and Philipsen, Dirk. (2005) A Central Problem of Our Time: The Difficulties of Addressing Race. Paper presented at Virginia Polytechnic and State University, Blacksburg, VA.

  • Hill, R. (2004). Teaching the Holocaust in a Genocide Studies Framework at a Historically Black University. Teaching the Representation of the Holocaust. Hirsch, Marianne and Kacandes, Irene, eds. NY: The Modern Language Association of America.

  • Hill, R. (2003). Seeing Clearly Without Being Blinded: Obstacles to Black Self-Examination. Journal of Negro Education. Vol. 72. No. 2 (Spring, 2003), 208-216.

  • Hill, R. (2003). Teaching Holocaust Studies at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Lecture presented at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Washington, D.C.

  • Hill, R. (2002). Compensatory Justice: Over Time and Between Groups. The Journal of Political Philosophy,10, 392-415.

  • Hill, R. (2002). Mapping the Maze of Race–Reflections on the Meaning and Viability of a Concept. Papern presented at the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and Humanities Conference. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

  • Hill, R. (2000). Multiculturalism: A Response to “Education, Philosophy and the Epistemic Paradigm of Race” by Paul Bitting. Paper presented at the South Atlantic Education and Philosophy Conference at Virginia State University in Richmond, Virginia.

  • Hill, R. (2000). Is the Teaching of Ethics Connected to Moral Education? Proceedings of the South Atlantic Philosophy of Education Society. Greenville, North Carolina: East Carolina University Press.

  • Hill, R. (2000). Fear and Avoidance: The Issue of Race and the Investment in Blackness. 2000 Racism and Race Relations Monograph Series. National Association of African American Studies and National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies. Morehead, Kentucky: Morehead State University Press.

  • Hill, R. (2000). Rectifying Historic Inequity. Paper presented and chair of a panel, “Compensatory Justice in Black and White,” at the Law, Culture and Humanities Conference at Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.

  • Hill, R. (1999). Fear, Avoidance and Truth - Addressing Black/White Race Relations in Liberal Arts Education. Paper presented as part of a panel at the Association for General and Liberal Studies Conference in Richmond, Virginia.

  • Hill, R. (1999). The Dynamics of African American Participation in Black/White Dialogue. Paper presented at the Law, Culture and Humanities Conference, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

  • Hill, R. (1998). Does Government Have an Obligation to Act Justly? Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy. Paideia Project-On-Line.

  • Hill, R. (1998). Justice After Genocide. Paper presented at the Law, Culture and Humanities Conference, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.

  • Hill, R. (1997). A Rule for Paradigmatic and Non-Paradigmatic Cases of Compensatory Justice. Paper presented at the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

  • Hill, R. (1996). Response to Genocide: The Search for Appropriate Gestures. Paper presented at Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Virginia.

  • Hill, R. (1994). Sins of the Fathers: Compensation Through the Generations. Paper presented at West Virginia Philosophical Association, West Virginia State College, Institute, West Virginia.

  • Hill, R. (1993). Compensation and Serendipitous Events. Paper presented at West Virginia Philosophical Association, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia.


  • 2010 Gardening Seva
  • 1997 Mala Home Seva


  • 2010-present Richmond Peace Education Center
  • 2010-present Southern Initiative Algebra Project
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