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December 11, 2014

Paint the White House Black: Colloquium with Paul Taylor, January 8th

Department of Philosophy Colloquium Series 


Ethnic Studies




Paint the White House Black:

The Obamas and the Aesthetics of Racial Transformation



Paul Taylor

Associate Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies

Head of the Department of African American Studies

Penn State University 


Thursday, January 8, 4pm

202 Ford Alumni Center



Paul C. Taylor is an associate professor of philosophy and African American studies at Pennsylvania State University, where he also serves as head of the department of African American studies. Professor Taylor earned a BA in philosophy from Morehouse College, a Ph.D. in philosophy from Rutgers University, and an MPA (master in public administration) from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He has provided commentary on race and politics for newspapers and radio shows on four continents, and has lectured at universities from Cape Town to Cornell. He is the author of Race: A Philosophical Introduction, and has just finished a book called Black is Beautiful: A Philosophy of Black Aesthetics for Blackwell. His current book project is On Obama, for Routledge’s Thinking In Action series.

December 7, 2014

Doctoral Students Busk and Goehring Co-Author Article in Rhizomes

Larry Busk


Second year Ph.D students Larry Busk and Billy Goehring have published an essay in a peer-reviewed academic journal, the interdisciplinary Rhizomes.

Their piece—titled “What is a Working-Class Intellectual?”—was written in response to a call for papers analyzing the position of academics with working-class backgrounds, and draws on the work of Barthes, Arendt, Lévi-Strauss, and Kafka (among others).

Billy GoehringLarry’s main research interests include critical theory and the political thought of Sartre and Merleau-Ponty. Billy is preoccupied with questions of nature, history, and natural history. He primarily focuses on the French tradition, but also works on the history of Neo-Confucianism.

The essay can be accessed here:

December 6, 2014

Nicolae Morar Joins Philosophy Faculty

Nicolae Morar, PhD Sept 2012 003_2The Department of Philosophy welcomes Nicolae Morar to a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies beginning in Fall 2015.

Professor Morar specializes in bioethics (especially biomedical, genethics, environmental, and research ethics), philosophy of biology and ecology, and recent continental philosophy. His other interests include ethical theory, social and political philosophy, and philosophy of sexuality.

Morar earned his PhD from Purdue University in 2011 and has subsequently been a Visiting Scholar at The Hastings Center and a Postdoctoral Scholar with the Rock Ethics Institute at The Pennsylvania State University. He is a member of the Consortium for Socially Relevant Philosophy of/in Science and Engineering (SRPoiSE). Currently, Morar is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Philosophy and Biology and an Associate Member with the Institute of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Oregon.

Morar is the editor, with Jonathan Beever, of Perspectives in Bioethics, Science, and Public Policy (Purdue University Press, 2013); and, with Thomas Nail and Dan Smith, of a Foucault Studies Special Issue on Foucault and Deleuze (2014). Forthcoming publications include Biopower: Michel Foucault and Beyond, edited with Vernon Cisney (University of Chicago Press, 2015); Between Foucault and Derrida, edited with Vernon Cisney and Yubraj Aryal (Edinburgh University Press, 2015), and Pierre Klossowski, Living Currency, translated with Vernon Cisney and Daniel W. Smith (Bloomsbury Press, 2015).

Morar is currently completing a monograph titled Biology, BioEthics, and BioPolitics: How To Think Differently About Human Nature.

For more information about Morar’s teaching and research, visit his webpage at

November 6, 2014

“What ‘White Privilege’ Really Means,” NYT Interview with Naomi Zack

Naomi Zack, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oregon, was interviewed by George Yancy, Professor of Philosophy at Duquesne University. The interview appears in the New York Times Philosophy blog The Stone. In the interview, Naomi discusses her work as a philosopher in the area of race, with a focus on Ferguson.

October 20, 2014

David Alexander Craig on UO Today

David Alexander Craig, doctoral candidate in Philosophy, was interviewed by Paul Peppis for UO Today. The interview aired earlier this month on cable access channels and is available as streaming video online. In the interview, David and Anna Sloan, a graduate student in Anthropology, discuss the Human/Animal research interest group they organized and the Animal Vulnerablility symposium they hosted on June 7, 2014.

October 2, 2014

Indigenous Philosophy Research Interest Group

WasaseThe University of Oregon Philosophy Department is pleased to announce the formation of the Indigenous Philosophy Research Interest Group sponsored by the Oregon Humanities Center. During the 2014-15 year, the RIG will focus on readings from the American Indian philosophical tradition. The discussion will begin with Wasase: Indigenous Pathways of Action and Freedom by Taiaiake Alfred (Broadview Press, 2005). All interested faculty and graduate students are welcome to join the discussion. The RIG will meet this term from noon until 1:30pm on Thursday, October 9 and 23, November 6 and 20, and December 4, in room 250C Susan Campbell Hall. Please feel free to bring a lunch. The first section of Alfred’s book (“Rebellion of the Truth”) will be discussed at the first meeting. Graduate reading credit is available for students in need of an additional 1 credit registration. If you are interested in joining the conversation, please contact Scott L. Pratt, Professor of Philosophy and Director of Graduate Studies, at <>.

September 2, 2014

Schultz and Rodriguez Featured by Oregon Humanities Center

Rodriguez_Summer13LucyTwo recent Philosophy PhD graduates, Aaron Rodriguez and Lucy Schultz, are featured in the Oregon Humanities Center’s 2014 Summer Report,

Aaron Rodriguez, who accepted a position in March as Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Morgan State University in Baltimore, was an Oregon Humanities Center Dissertation Fellow in the fall of 2013. His dissertation was titled “The Echo of God’s Laughter: Aesthetic Experience and the Virtue of Openness within a Pragmatist Ethics.” Read the OHC feature on Aaron here:

Lucy Schultz, who was a 2012-2013 Oregon Humanities Center Graduate Research Support Fellow, accepted an appointment as Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. Her dissertation, completed in 2014, was titled “Creative Climate: East-West Perspectives on Art, Nature, and the Expressive Body.” Read the OHC feature on Lucy here:

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

More information at:

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