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October 22, 2014

Homelessness Public Philosophy Colloquium on November 6

homelessness_colloquiumOn Thursday November 6, the University of Oregon Philosophy Department will host the Community Philosophy Institute’s Public Philosophy Colloquium on Homelessness. This event includes a talk by Professor Chad Kautzer, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Director for the Social Justice Minor at the University of Colorado in Denver: “Homelessness, Security, and the Politics of Dys-Appearance” at 4:00 PM in the Knight Library Browsing Room 106.  On November 7 at 3:00 PM, there will be a Roundtable Discussion in the Knight Library Browsing Room 106 with members of the University of Oregon Philosophy Department and local stake holders concerning homelessness in Eugene.

This event is co-sponsored by the Community Philosophy Institute, the Department of Philosophy, the College of Arts and Sciences, Government and Community Relations, and the Oregon Humanities Center. For more information, contact Dr. Naomi Zack at

Mark Alfano to give WIP on 10/24/14

OHC Alfano talk
Mark Alfano, Philosophy and OHC Faculty Research Fellow, will give a Work-in-Progress talk titled “Nietzsche’s Socio-Moral Psychology” on Friday, October 24 at noon in the Humanities Center Conference Room (159 PLC).

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 9, 2014

Herbicides and Community Health Conference, October 24-25

TyroneHayesBanner_Oct24-25_2014_v2Herbicides and Community Health Conference featuring Dr. Tyrone Hayes, Professor of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley

On October 24th and 25th Dr. Tyrone Hayes (UC Berkeley) will participate in three distinct events considering the implications of his work and the impact of herbicides on water, animal and community health.;

Named an “Emerging Explorer” by National Geographic and the subject of a recent long-form exposé in The New Yorker, Dr. Tyrone Hayes studies the role of steroid hormones on amphibian development and has published over 39 peer reviewed articles on related research. Dr. Hayes’s findings regarding hermaphroditism in frogs as a result of exposure to the commonly-used herbicide Atrazine have created national attention both within academia and beyond. Because of the similarities between amphibian hormonal systems and our own, the work raises startling questions about environmental toxicity, gender, environmental justice and community health concerns.

  •     Panel: Friday, October 25th, 3:00pm – University of Oregon, 250 Clinical Services

“Nature in Doubt: Intersex in a Chemical Era.”  Professor Hayes will participate on a panel with Women and Gender Studies Professor Elizabeth Reis concerning the implications of his work in the field of gender studies. Dr. Kari Norgaard (Sociology) will respond to the panel as they consider the notion and rhetoric of “natural” in an environment exposed to hormone-altering herbicides.

  •     Keynote: Friday, October 25th, 7:00pm – University of Oregon, 182 Lillis Hall

From Silent Spring to Silent Night: Of Toads and Men.” Dr. Hayes will deliver an Environmental Studies Program’s convocation keynote. A dynamic and engaging speaker, Hayes has been known to rap throughout his presentations. His keynote address will discuss his work and its broader implications.

  • Community and University Assembly: Saturday, October 26th, 9:00am-4:30pm – Triangle Lake Grange – Advanced Registration Required
Witness to Action: Putting Chemical Trespass on Oregon’s Agenda.” An environmental health and justice assembly will bring together community members, environmental justice advocates, scholars, students, scientists and officials. Together, we will travel with Dr. Hayes from the UO to Triangle Lake to learn about herbicide exposure from the ground up and explore strategies for social change. Residents from around Oregon will discuss their experiences with aerial spraying, negative health effects and community organizing efforts. Break-out sessions will combine community members, activists, and scholars from the University of Oregon to discuss and work through these important topics. Please reserve your spot on the bus through the site our community partner has set up:

Please contact any of the conference organizers for more information:

Taylor McHolm
Doctoral Student
Environmental Studies, Science, and Policy; English
University of Oregon

Shane Hall
Doctoral Student
Environmental Studies, Science, and Policy; English
University of Oregon

Aylie Baker
Masters Student
Environmental Studies, Science, and Policy
University of Oregon

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:

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

More information at:

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

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