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July 7, 2014

UO Department of Philosophy Recognized for Outstanding Job Placement

According to a new report on philosophy department job placements from 2011-2014, the University of Oregon is one of 28 schools with a placement rate above 50% for tenure-track jobs and one of 45 schools with a placement rate above 50% for a combination of tenure-track, postdoctoral, VAP, and instructor jobs.

The report, by Carolyn Dicey Jennings, is posted on New APPS: Art, Politics, Philosophy, Science:

June 13, 2014

Megan Burke receives Donald and Darel Stein Graduate Student Teaching Award

MeganMegan Burke has been selected as one of two recipients of the 2014 Donald and Darel Stein Graduate Student Teaching Award. This award is administered by the University of Oregon Graduate School and is designed to recognize outstanding teaching performances by experienced graduate teaching fellows (GTFs) who have demonstrated a commitment to developing their instructional skills, while at the same time excelling in their academic degree program.

The Donald and Darel Stein Graduate Student Teaching Award acknowledges a GTF’s investment in professional development. Nominees for this award have at least 5 terms of experience as an instructor (sole instructor, lab or discussion leader), a record of excellence in their instructional duties, and an exemplary academic record.

Congratulations, Megan!

May 27, 2014

Light Traces: New Book from Alejandro A. Vallega

Light Traces, by John Sallis, features paintings and drawings by Alejandro Vallega.

From the publisher’s website:

“Beautifully conceived and written. Sallis engages the elemental interplay of earth and sky, translucence and obscurity, airiness and density, height and depth, wet and dry, gods and mortals, storms and clouds, rivers and fog, plains and mountains–nature in its expansive, indefinable materiality and ephemeral intangiblity.” —Charles E. Scott, Vanderbilt University

What is the effect of light as it measures the seasons? How does light leave different traces on the terrain—on a Pacific Island, in the Aegean Sea, high in the Alps, or in the forest? John Sallis considers the expansiveness of nature and the range of human vision in essays about the effect of light and luminosity on place. Sallis writes movingly of nature and the elements, employing an enormous range of philosophical, geographical, and historical knowledge. Paintings and drawings by Alejandro A. Vallega illuminate the text, accentuating the interaction between light and environment.

Studies in Continental Thought
168 pp., 24 color illus.
paper 978-0-253-01282-1 $28.00
ebook 978-0-253-01303-3 $23.99

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April 28, 2014

Latin American Philosophy from Identity to Radical Exteriority: New Book from Alejandro Vallega

Vallega_BookAssistant Professor Alejandro Vallega’s latest book, Latin American Philosophy from Identity to Radical Exteriority, has been published by Indiana University Press.

From the publisher’s website:

“Vallega engages with current debates among those seeking a decolonial approach to concepts of identity, history, and liberation without unhelpful baggage from European colonial modernity. He impressively remaps and advances the debate. Many have been anticipating this book with some excitement; it will exceed their expectations.” —Linda Martín Alcoff, Hunter College

“Vallega’s wonderful book demonstrates that the question ‘Is there Latin American philosophy?’ has outlived its rhetorical usefulness. Instead, it announces that the task before us is to engage with a vast canon that is as dispersed and buried as it is unsuspecting and challenging.” —Eduardo Mendieta, Stony Brook University

“No other contemporary philosopher is more engaged with the meaning and sense of philosophy in Latin America than Alejandro A. Vallega.” —Omar Rivera, Southwestern University

While recognizing its origins and scope, Alejandro A. Vallega offers a new interpretation of Latin American philosophy by looking at its radical and transformative roots. Placing it in dialogue with Western philosophical traditions, Vallega examines developments in gender studies, race theory, postcolonial theory, and the legacy of cultural dependency in light of the Latin American experience. He explores Latin America’s engagement with contemporary problems in Western philosophy and describes the transformative impact of this encounter on contemporary thought.

World Philosophies
296 pp.
cloth 978-0-253-01248-7 $90.00
paper 978-0-253-01257-9 $35.00
ebook 978-0-253-01265-4 $29.99

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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.

April 9, 2014

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.

Graduate School Recognition

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.

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