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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

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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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For Instructors:
If you are interested in adopting this book for course use, please see the Indiana University Press exam copy policy:

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.

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