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April 20, 2015

Thomas Seager presentations Tuesday and Thursday, April 21 and 23

Thomas P. Seager, Associate Professor, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Arizona State University, will give two presentations on “A Game-based Experiential Approach to Teaching Professional Ethics”

12:00PM Tuesday April 21 in Willamette 110
2:00PM Thursday April 23 in Lawrence 115

This event is sponsored by the Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Department of Philosophy, Environmental Studies Program, and the Oregon Humanities Center.

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April 17, 2015

Colonial and Decolonial Connections

CDCOn April 30th and May 1st, this year’s Indigenous Philosophy RIG will host a symposium titled “Colonial and Decolonial Connections” which will focus on the boundary between indigenous communities and settler society. This boundary is a contested site of social and political conflict, cultural revitalization, identity formation, and resistance. The conversations will explore gendered and national identity in Hawai’i, contestations of settler “domesticity” in Native American writing, and climate justice at the intersection of indigenous communities and settler society.

Each year the Oregon Humanities Center hosts between two and five Research Interest Groups or RIGs. These interdisciplinary groups of UO faculty and graduate students gather on a regular basis to discuss readings and share their research findings in areas of common interest.

For more information, contact Alejandro Vallega.


George Lakoff presentation Friday April 24

Lakoff4George Lakoff, Richard and Rhonda Goldman Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at the University of California in Berkeley, will present
“Mind and Freedom: Why the Brain Matters for Politics and Social Issues”

Friday April 24
4:00-5:30 PM
Room 180 PLC (Prince Lucien Campbell Hall)

This lecture is sponsored by the UO Department of Philosophy and the Oregon Humanities Center, and is part of the Philosophy Department Conference “Embodying Philosophy: Embodied Mind, Meaning, and Values

For more information, contact Mark Johnson

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

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,” 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:

April 1, 2015

Colin Koopman selected for Wulf Teaching Professorship

Colin Koopman, Associate Professor of Philosophy, was selected to receive a Wulf Teaching Professorship. Koopman will use his Fellowship to design a new upper-level course on the ethics of information technologies. The course, to be offered in Winter of 2016, will focus on deep engagements with ethical issues such as surveillance, privacy, quantified selfhood, and algorithmic marketing. This course will be part of the a new Minor in Ethics now in development and expected to launch in Fall of 2016.

March 31, 2015

Ted Toadvine selected as OHC Research Fellowship Alternate

Ted Toadvine, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies, was selected as Alternate for a 2015 Oregon Humanities Center Research Fellowship to support his completion of a monograph investigating the theoretical and political implications of deep time, Deep Past, Deep Future: Anachronicity in the Anthropocene. The discovery of the geological past and the millennial future horizon of environmental devastation have transformed our everyday experience of time, with theoretical and political implications for our responsibilities to the far future. Bridging scientific, artistic, and philosophical insights, Toadvine argues that deep time’s radical rupture with the present demands a form of speculative imagination that can avoid the foreclosure of justice for the distant future.

March 18, 2015

American Philosophy: From Wounded Knee to the Present — New Book from Scott Pratt & Erin McKenna

Scott Pratt, with co-author Erin McKenna, has published a new book, American Philosophy: From Wounded Knee to the Present, with Bloomsbury Academic Press.

From the publisher’s website:

American Philosophy offers the first historically framed introduction to the tradition of American philosophy and its contemporary engagement with the world.

Born out of the social and political turmoil of the Civil War, American philosophy was a means of dealing with conflict and change. In the turbulence of the 21st century, this remains as relevant as ever. Placing the work of present-day American philosophers in the context of a history of resistance, through a philosophical tradition marked by a commitment to pluralism, fallibilism and liberation, this book tells the story of a philosophy shaped by major events that call for reflection and illustrates the ways in which philosophy is relevant to lived experience.

This book presents a survey of the historical development of American philosophy, as well as coverage of key contemporary issues in America including race theory, feminism, indigenous peoples, and environmentalism and is the ideal introduction to the work of the major American thinkers, past and present, and the sheer breadth of their ideas and influence.”

For more information, visit Bloomsbury Publishing:

March 17, 2015

Scott Pratt named Dean of the Graduate School

Scott Pratt
The Provost announced today that Scott L. Pratt, Professor of Philosophy, will become the new Dean of the UO Graduate School. Dr. Pratt will begin as Dean on March 30.

The complete story can be read in AroundtheO:

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