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February 17, 2017

Steven Brence to give NEA talk

In connection with the National Endowment for the Arts “Big Read” program, Steven Brence, Senior Instructor of Philosophy, will be giving a talk at the Downtown Eugene Public Library, 100 West 10th Avenue, at 2:00pm on Saturday March 11 titled “Gangsters, Goons, Femmes Fatale, and Losers: The Leading Role of a Noir Supporting Cast” and will be giving introductions prior to and talks after four films noir — “The Big Sleep,” “Double Indemnity,” “The Third Man,” and “The Maltese Falcon” — to be shown on consecutive Thursday evenings beginning at 7:00pm on March 9 at the Bijou Art Cinema, 492 East 13th Avenue. Dr. Brence will also introduce and give a talk after a screening of the film version of “1984” at the Bijou on Tuesday April 4.

February 7, 2017

Community Philosophy Café: “What Is Freedom?”

Paul Bodin and Caroline Lundquist will be co-facilitating the second in a series of Community Philosophy Cafés, scheduled to start promptly at 6:00pm on Tuesday February 21 in the Downtown Eugene Public Library.

This upcoming Café will begin with the questions: “What is freedom? What does it mean to be free?” At the first Café last month, the room quickly filled up with sixty people, so we recommend that you get to the library by 5:50pm to get a seat.

All ages are welcome, and all public philosophy events are free.

For more information, contact Paul Bodin or Caroline Lundquist

September 27, 2016

David Craig Baumeister Holds Dissertation Defense on Tuesday October 18

Doctoral Candidate David Craig Baumeister will defend his dissertation “Kant on the Human Animal: Anthropology, Ethics, Nature” on Tuesday October 18 at 1:00pm in the Leona Tyler Conference Room (111A Susan Campbell Hall) on the University of Oregon campus.

This Defense is free of charge and open to the public.

Baumeister Dissertation Defense Poster

July 26, 2016

Chris Torres Holds Thesis Defense on Tuesday August 16

Torres, Chris
Master’s Candidate Christopher George Torres will defend his thesis “What is Ethics Without Justice? Reframing Environmental Ethics for Social Justice: Intrinsic Value as a Logic of Oppression & Transcorporeality as Democratic Naturalism” on Tuesday August 16 at 2:30pm in room 250C Susan Campbell Hall (1431 Johnson Lane) on the University of Oregon campus.

This Defense is free of charge and open to the public.

Torres Thesis Defense Poster

May 31, 2016

Fulden Ibrahimhakkioglu Holds Dissertation Defense on Tuesday June 14


Doctoral Candidate Fulden Ibrahimhakkioglu will defend her dissertation “The Politics of Paranoia: Affect, Temporality, and the Epistemology of Securitization” on Tuesday June 14 at 12:00noon in the Leona Tyler Conference Room (111a Susan Campbell Hall) on the University of Oregon campus.

This Dissertation Defense is free of charge and open to the public.

Fulden Ibrahimhakkioglu Dissertation Defense Poster

May 16, 2016

Philosophy Department Graduate Featured in Cascade Spring 2016

Nathan SchmittNathan Pai Schmitt (BS Spring 2011) is featured in the Spring 2016 issue of CAScade, the magazine for the University of Oregon College of Arts & Sciences.

You can find a virtual edition of the magazine here:, and the Cascade website, here:

May 9, 2016

Lorraine Code visiting UO campus on May 17 & 18

Lorraine Code, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus at York University, will be on campus for two events:

Tuesday, May 17
Knight Library Browsing Room

to deliver a lecture “Knowing Ethically, Thinking Ecologically” as part of the Ethics Speaker Series; this will in part be an occasion for engaging the work of Rachel Carson in Silent Spring.

Wednesday, May 18
Columbia Hall 249

In addition to the talk for our Ethics minor, Professor Code will also lead a Brown Bag Seminar in Environmental Studies “Identities, Injustices, and the Social Imaginary.”  In this paper, Professor Code deals with the question of identity, drawing on Linda Alcoff’s “Epistemic Identities” and in contrast to Miranda Fricker’s work on Epistemic Injustice.

For additional information, contact Nicolae Morar or Colin Koopman.

May 5, 2016

Lecture by Andrew Ross on Thursday May 12

andrew_ross“Going Offshore: Academic Freedoms and Employee Rights in Illiberal Locations”

May 12, 2016
4 to 6 pm
Straub 145

Academic labor in the US is a battleground, and overseas expansion to authoritarian states in Eats Asia and the Middle East has opened a new front. In this talk, Ross reports on recent activist efforts to ensure fair labor and speech freedoms.

Andrew Ross is a labor activist and Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU. A contributor to the Guardian, the New York Times, the Nation, and Al Jazeera, he is the author of many books, including Creditocracy and the Case for Debt Refusal, Bird on Fire: Lessons from the World’s Least Sustainable City, Nice Work If You Can Get It: Life and Labor in Precarious Times, Fast Boat to China: Corporate Flight and the Consequences of Free Trade–Lessons from Shanghai, No-Collar: The Humane Workplace and its Hidden Costs, and The Celebration Chronicles: Life, Liberty, and The Pursuit of Property Value in Disney’s New Town. He is the editor of the recently published The Gulf: High Culture/Hard Labor — available from OR Books.

This event is co-sponsored by the University of Oregon Departments of Comparative Literature, English, Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology, as well as the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs, the Oregon Humanities Center, and United Academics.

Andrew Ross Flyer

May 2, 2016

2016 Celebration of Women & Diversity in Philosophy

WomenDiversityFlyer2016May 12, 2016
7-9 PM
The Barnlight East (545 East 8th Avenue)

Please join the University of Oregon Philosophy Department, the Feminist Philosophy RIG, and Diversiφ, for an annual celebration of women and diversity in philosophy. The event will serve as a social and meeting space to recapitulate this year’s efforts and successes, and look forward to the year ahead.

About Diversiφ: This new group will make space for various underrepresented groups to meet and talk about philosophy. We hope this can be both a space in which to pursue various philosophical interests and a space to discuss the challenges and successes connected to pursuing a philosophy major or minor. The philosophy department at the University of Oregon is committed to increasing the presence and participation of women, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, people of low socioeconomic status, and other underrepresented groups in philosophy. Please come to the Celebration of Diversity on May 12th to discuss the direction this group will take. You may also email Erin McKenna at

We look forward to seeing you there!

Women & Diversity Flyer 2016

April 25, 2016

Undergraduate Philosophy Conference this Saturday

ConferenceImageWHEN: Saturday, April 30
WHERE: 176 Lokey Education Building

The 2016 UO Undergraduate Philosophy Conference will be taking place in the Lokey Education Building Room 176 this Saturday (4/30). This event will feature select presentations reflecting the engaged and multifaceted scholarship currently conducted in our philosophical community, both at the Undergraduate and Graduate levels. Anna Cook, a PhD student in Philosophy, will give a keynote address titled:

This is our home. This is our school. On the existential damage of school shootings

We are hosting a Grad/UG panel featuring Amie Zimmer, PhD student in Philosophy, and Sarah Wilkins, a Philosophy Undergraduate Senior on:

Julia Kristeva: Semiotics and Revolt

We will also have a series of individual papers by our Philosophy Majors.
Catered lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please see program for full details.

Attendance and participation are key to these events, so we hope that many of you choose to support your fellow students in presenting their hard work.

2016 Conference Program Updated

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