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May 22, 2015

Joel Southall Holds Thesis Defense on Wednesday June 3

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Master’s Candidate Joel Southall will defend his thesis “Situating Vine Deloria, Jr.’s Philosophy of Science” on Wednesday June 3 at 8:00 AM in room 211B Susan Campbell Hall (1431 Johnson Lane) on the University of Oregon campus.

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

Southall Thesis Defense Poster

May 18, 2015

Benjamin Harrison Brewer Holds Thesis Defense on Monday June 8

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Master’s Candidate Benjamin Harrison Brewer will defend his thesis “Poetry and ecstasy: Thinking Bodily with Heidegger and Bataille” on Monday June 8 at 1:00 PM 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.

Brewer Thesis Defense Poster

May 12, 2015

David Reese Holds Oral Defense on June 5

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Master’s Candidate David Reese will defend his thesis “Regulation of Bodies as Gendered Nationalistic Ideology: Physically Wounded Veterans as Political Props” on Friday June 5 at 11:30 AM in room 211B Susan Campbell Hall (1431 Johnson Lane) on the University of Oregon campus.

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

Reese Thesis Defense Poster

May 8, 2015

Megan Burke Holds Oral Defense on May 29

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Doctoral Candidate Megan Burke will defend her dissertation “Temporality and Gender” on Friday May 29 at 11:00 AM in room 211B Susan Campbell Hall (1431 Johnson Lane) on the University of Oregon campus.

This Final Oral Defense for Doctoral Degree is free of charge and open to the public.

Burke Dissertation Defense Poster

May 7, 2015

Alan Reynolds Holds Oral Defense on May 28

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Doctoral Candidate Alan Reynolds will defend his dissertation “The Perils of Pluralism: An Exploration of the Nature of Political Disagreement Surrounding Economic Justice” on Thursday May 28 at 12:00 noon in room 252 Straub Hall (1319 East 15th Avenue) on the University of Oregon campus.

This Final Oral Defense for Doctoral Degree is free of charge and open to the public.

Reynolds Dissertation Defense Poster

May 4, 2015

Job Opening for Visiting Faculty

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The University of Oregon has a position opening for a Visiting Faculty in Philosophy, Open Rank 1. Review of Applications Begins on 1 June 2015, and the position will remain open until filled.

Applications will be accepted via Academic Jobs Online.

Job Announcement

April 28, 2015

White Privilege and Black Rights: The Injustice of U.S. Police Racial Profiling and Homicide

WhitePrivilege_FinalCoverNaomi Zack’s new book White Privilege and Black Rights: The Injustice of U.S. Police Racial Profiling and Homicide has been published by Rowman and Littlefield.

From the publisher:

“Examining racial profiling in American policing, Naomi Zack argues against white privilege discourse while introducing a new theory of applicative justice. Zack draws clear lines between rights and privileges and between justice and existing laws to make sense of the current crisis. This urgent and immediate analysis of the killings of unarmed black men by police officers shows how racial profiling matches statistics of the prison population with disregard for the constitutional rights of the many innocent people of all races. Moving the discussion from white privilege discourse to the rights of blacks, from ideas of white supremacy to legally protected police impunity, and from ideal and non-ideal justice theory to existing injustice, White Privilege and Black Rights examines the legal structure that has permitted the killings of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and others. Deepening understanding without abandoning hope, Zack shows why it is more important to consider black rights than white privilege as we move forward through today’s culture of inequality.”

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April 9, 2015

Jon LaRochelle selected for Student Sustainability Fund Grant

JonJon LaRochelle, UO Philosophy Doctoral Student, has received a 2015 Student Sustainability Fund Grant of $2,900 in support of a Forum on Sustainability and Housing Justice. The grant was secured in collaboration with three other UO graduate students: April Anson (PhD, English Department), Zeina Salame (PhD, Theater Arts), and Ryan Hovey (MA, Curriculum & Teaching).

The Student Sustainability Center (SSC) is a program of the Erb Memorial Union. The Center serves as a resource for student-led initiatives that foster and support the simultaneous pursuit of human happiness, environmental quality, and economic well-being for the present and future through collaboration, education, and activism.

More information about the UO Student Sustainability Fund can be read at http://coalition.uoregon.edu/programs/ssf-application/

April 2, 2015

Mark Johnson selected for OHC Faculty Research Fellowship

MarkJohnsonMark Johnson, Professor of Philosophy and Philip H. Knight Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was selected to receive an Oregon Humanities Center Faculty Research Fellowship, the Provost’s Senior Humanist Fellowship, to be used during Winter 2016 for his work on Embodying Philosophy: Embodied Mind, Meaning, and Value.

Johnson’s project “is to explore some of the more significant implications of embodied cognition for how we think about mind, self, meaning, reason, morality, and art.

The relevant evidence supports a number of important claims, such as that

  • (1) there is no substantial unchanging self,
  • (2) concepts are embodied, rather than being fixed, purely intellectual ideas,
  • (3) there is no radical separation of thought and feeling,
  • (4) mind emerges from a complex ongoing process of organism-environment interactions,
  • (5) moral values arise within that very embodied process, and
  • (6) this whole range of meaning-making activity is basically an aesthetic process.

In other words, I want to examine why our embodiment does, and should, matter to us as we try to figure out our lives.”

Dana Rognlie selected for UO Public Impact Graduate Fellowship

Dana2015Dana Rognlie, Philosophy Department Doctoral Candidate, was selected to receive a UO Public Impact Graduate Fellowship for her academic and activist work regarding campus sexual violence. The fellowship provides a stipend of $6,000 for the 2015-16 academic year and opportunities to share her research with the greater community.

Abstract of her work:

Courage In the Academy: Acting to Eliminate Sexual Violence
“In both my dissertation and political advocacy, I take seriously the sexual violence and social injustice rampant within our society, particularly on college campuses, and think through a conception of courageous political action that might help make abstract principles of equal access to education a concrete reality. I do this through an engagement with the Ancient Greek concept of ἀνδρεία, translated both as ‘manliness’ and ‘courage,’ which I define as the habitual ability to judge and act well in the face of an uncertain future. As such, I think through the relation of action and courage at the same time as thinking through the performance of gender in anxiety (cf. Butler). I do this through an engagement with philosophers Plato, Aristotle, Arendt, Kierkegaard, and Beauvoir, especially, to arrive at a philosophical consideration of potential policy that would make education materially accessible for every-body. I take seriously the skyrocketing cost of tuition as well as the fact that one in five women on college campuses is a survivor of sexual assault (cf. “Not Alone,” whitehouse.gov). These issues are not unrelated, and I seek to utilize my dissertation research to think through my own experience advocating with students, staff, and educators in a non-profit I co-founded, the League of Educators and Students Slashing Tuition (LESS-T), campus and Oregon labor unions, and the University of Oregon Coalition to End Sexual Violence. In the final chapter of my dissertation, which I hope to write with the aid of the UO Public Impact Graduate Fellowship, I critically analyze contemporary campus culture and policy to explain the ethical importance of widespread mandatory curriculum on sexual violence to make concrete our yet unrealized ideals of equality.”

For more information about the Fellowship, see:
https://gradschool.uoregon.edu/impact-fellowship

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