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April 17, 2014

Elena Cuffari accepts tenure-track position at Worcester State University

Dr. Elena Cuffari (UO Phd, 2011), who has been on a postdoc in Spain during the past two years, has just accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position at Worcester State University near Boston.

April 16, 2014

Dana Rognlie receives 2014 Gary E. Smith Award

Doctoral student Dana Rognlie was selected as one of the recipients of the 2014 Gary E. Smith Summer Professional Development Award. The award is designed to support outstanding master’s and doctoral students pursuing academic, professional development, or training enrichment opportunities during Summer 2014, and carries with it a stipend of up to $3,000.

Colin Koopman receives RIGE Award

Colin Koopman is a co-recipient, along with six colleagues from other units, of an “Incubating Interdisciplinary Initiatives (I3)” award from Research, Innovation & Graduate Education (RIGE).

The I3 awards are “designed to build capacity and support development of large-scale projects and programs that strategically enhance the UO’s research excellence by targeting specific, large-scale external funding opportunities.”

Colin is a participant in “Tackling Internet Privacy from Technical, Social, Economical and Legal Perspectives,” described in the award announcement as follows:

This interdisciplinary team of researchers is focused on the growing issue of internet privacy. The proposed research aims to not only identify new research questions and develop techniques, but also to build an interdisciplinary program at UO with a critical mass of faculty members and graduate students focused on researching internet privacy. I3 funds will be used in part to hold a workshop, purchase equipment and support graduate students. This team plans to pursue external funding opportunities for both research and training from the National Science Foundation.

April 14, 2014

Aaron Rodriguez accepts tenure-track position at Morgan State University

Doctoral candidate Aaron Rodriguez has accepted an appointment as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Morgan State University, where, among other duties, he will be developing their public philosophy program.

Untergang reading for April 15th: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

April 15th’s philosophy club meeting will consist of a discussion of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” lead by Chase Huff. Philosophy club meets at 6pm at Cafe Roma every Tuesday. Meetings are informal, and the texts are short enough to read during or before the meeting. We usually read the texts out loud together to start discussion.

Come join us for an opportunity to discuss the topics that you are passionate about. Also feel free to come and ask questions about the upcoming conference. We would love to help you submit your projects to the conference.

April 10, 2014

Colloquium with Dale Turner, May 8th

DaleTurnerThe Philosophy Department is pleased to announce a Colloquium with Dr. Dale Turner, Associate Professor of Political Science and Native American Studies at Dartmouth College, where his area of study is political theory.  The Colloquium will take place on Thursday, May 8th, 4:00-5:30 PM, in the UO Knight Library Browsing Room. The title of Dr. Turner’s talk is “Cowboys and Wittgenstindians: Indigenous Politics in an Age of Diversity.”

Dr. Turner is a Teme-Augama Anishnabai from northern Ontario, and his community has been involved in a century old land dispute with the provincial and federal governments which has recently resulted in an unfavorable Supreme Court decision. This experience has led him to study philosophy in an attempt to better understand the meaning of “sovereignty” and especially the meaning of indigenous or “tribal” sovereignty in both theory and practice. Dr. Turner is the author of This is Not a Peace Pipe: Towards a Critical Indigenous Philosophy (University of Toronto Press, 2006), among other works.

Thursday, May 8th
4:00-5:30 PM
Knight Library Browsing Room

Everyone is welcome.

April 9, 2014

Lecture by Owen Flanagan on May 6

FlanaganThe Philosophy Department is pleased to announce a lecture by Owen Flanagan, James B Duke Professor and Professor of Neurobiology at Duke University. The lecture will take place 4:00 – 6:00 pm on Tuesday, May 6th, in the Ford Alumni Center room 202. The title of the lecture is “Varieties of Moral Self Cultivation.”

Abstract: In addition to communal work to develop good people, most traditions have methods of self-cultivation that are designed to help create, sustain, develop, and perfect various virtues and other excellences. Professor Flanagan will talk about some mindfulness techniques in classical Confucianism and classical Buddhism and relate them to some contemporary psychological thinking about human first nature and to some philosophical thinking about the possibilities of rational control and ethical criticism.


Doctoral Candidate David Craig receives 2014-2015 UO Doctoral Research Fellowship

DavidCraigDoctoral Candidate David Alexander Craig was selected as recipient of the university-wide 2014-2015 UO Doctoral Research Fellowship. The fellowship carries a service-free stipend of $18,000 and is intended to facilitate completion of the dissertation within the fellowship year to the most distinguished and innovative doctoral students at the University of Oregon.

David Alexander Craig is co-founder of the University of Oregon’s Human/Animal Research Interest Group. His research treats animality and the human/animal relation in the history of philosophy. His dissertation examines the concept of animality [Tierheit] in Kant’s philosophy, and argues, against the dominant view, that animality has a positive non-moral normative determination within Kant’s thinking. He is also currently producing, with Anna Baumeister, a new translation of Schiller’s “Über den Zusammenhang der tierischen Natur des Menschen mit seiner geistigen,” and editing, with Ted Toadvine, a volume on Derrida’s The Beast and the Sovereign seminars.

April 7, 2014

Mark Alfano on UO Today

Mark Alfano, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, was interviewed by Paul Peppis for UO Today. The interview will air this week on cable access channels and is is also available as streaming video online. In the interview, Mark talks about his work in moral psychology and experimental philosophy and discusses his book, Character as Moral Fiction, which examines the relationship between virtue and character.

March 28, 2014

Elizabeth Caldwell accepts position at the University of Iowa

Dr. Elizabeth Caldwell (UO PhD in Philosophy, Summer 2012) has accepted a position in the Academic Advising Center at the University of Iowa, beginning this May 2014.

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