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March 23, 2020

Doctoral Candidate receives OHC Graduate Research Support Fellowship


Doctoral candidate Rebekah Sinclair has been awarded an OHC Graduate Research Support Fellowship for the 2020-2021 academic year.

The purpose of the Graduate Research Support Fellowship program is to stimulate humanities research and support graduate education by providing doctoral students with resources to assist with their doctoral research and the completion of their dissertations.

Rebekah’s dissertation title is “Species Trouble: A Pluralist Problematization of the Discourse of Species”

Congratulations, Rebekah!

March 18, 2020

Doctoral Candidates receive Douglas Greenlee Prize


UO Philosophy Doctoral Candidates Maggie Newton and Rebekah Sinclair won the Douglas Greenlee Prize for best paper (“A/Peracernos: Rethinking the Multipliciious Self as ‘Haunted’ with Anzladúa, La Malinche, and Other Ghosts”) by a graduate student or scholar awarded a PhD within the last 5 years at the recent SAAP Conference.

March 16, 2020

Philosophy Alum Publishes first book

Larry Alan Busk (Ph.D, 2018) has published his first book with Rowman and Littlefield International, Democracy in Spite of the Demos: From Arendt to the Frankfurt School.

The book features a preface by Antonio Y. Vázquez-Arroyo, Associate Professor of Political Science at Rutgers, and examines the limits of “democracy” as a critical category in twenty-first century political thought, and argues that phenomena such as climate skepticism and popular xenophobia indicate that democracy cannot be understood as an end in itself.

More information is available at:
https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781786615251

March 9, 2020

Two New Books from Scott F. Parker

Scott F. Parker, Spring 2004 R.D. Clark Honors College Bachelor of Science graduate with a double major in General Science/Philosophy with departmental honors, and with an Economics minor, has announced two new books, both with titles evoking undergraduate studies in philosophy.

The first, The Joy of Running qua Running, was published 3 March 2020 by Inside the Curtain Press. The second, Being on the Oregon Coast, will be published in September 2020 by Homebound Publications.

March 6, 2020

Dr. Bonnie Mann is Featured Speaker at April NOW Membership Event

To help mark the centennial of Women’s Sufferage, the National Organization for Women’s South Willamette Valley Chapter will feature a talk by Dr. Bonnie Mann, Professor of Philosophy: “Pussy Politics: Aspirational Fascism and the Women’s Vote.”

Thinking with Hannah Arendt, Masha Gessen, and Simone de Beauvoir, in this talk Dr. Mann will explore the rise of misogynist aspirational fascism in the United States, in relation to what the women’s vote has meant and could mean.

The talk is scheduled for Monday, 27 April 2020, 6:30-8:30 PM, inside of the Unitarian Universalist Church at 1685 West 13th Avenue.

January 24, 2020

UO Philosophy team funded for Data Science Ethics

A joint UO-OHSU interdisciplinary team was selected for funding to organize a series of workshops on topics in “Responsible Data Science: Social Impacts and Ethical Challenges”. The team includes Colin Koopman, Department of Philosophy; Nicolae Morar, Department of Philosophy & Environmental Studies; Kristen Bell, Law School; Ramon Alvarado, Department of Philosophy; and graduate student Paul Showler, Department of Philosophy. The OHSU side of the collaboration is headed up by bioethicist and neurologist Eran Klein along with computer scientist and ethicist Steven Bedrick. The team will deliver workshops for research faculty and their lab researchers on both campuses beginning this spring term. Topics will include: algorithmic bias & discrimination, data privacy, and the impacts of information systems in human agency & identity. Other projects funded through the Data Science Initiative are noted at AroundtheO: https://around.uoregon.edu/content/six-uo-researchers-awarded-data-science-seed-funding-grants?utm_source=ato01-21-20&utm_campaign=workplace.

Ramón Alvarado on UO Today

Ramón Alvarado, assistant professor of Philosophy and an affiliate of UO’s Data Science Initiative, discusses his work in data ethics. He defines the concepts of big data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence; and talks about the bias of algorithms and the emergence of surveillance capitalism.

January 16, 2020

New MAP (Minorities in Philosophy) Chapter at UO

Minorities and PhilosophyAt the end of Fall 2019, Annie Ring (philosophy doctoral student) and Audrey Saltarelli-Fayad (philosophy master’s student) succeeded in establishing a MAP (Minorities and Philosophy) Chapter here at the University of Oregon. Although MAP is primarily an organization for graduate students, the effort here will be to more fully integrate our undergraduate and graduate students.

The first event hosted by the chapter is scheduled to be held on Thursday January 16 from 4-5pm in 250C Susan Campbell Hall. ALL undergraduate philosophy students are invited to attend and participate. This will be the first meeting of a weekly reading group. The text being considered tonight is an article by Professors Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang titled “Decolonization is not a metaphor.”

You can read about the international MAP organization at http://www.mapforthegap.com/

Audrey has described the mission of the UO Chapter this way:

“Our goal with Map is two fold:
1) our goal is to amplify more marginalized voices in the field of philosophy and create a space for multicultural and intersectional discussions in relation to the field. Every week we will we will have a different article lead by a different grad student. The goal is to create a comfortable space were we are all able to discuss ideas as equals.
2) our second goal is to build better connections between grads and undergrads. The goal is to create a strong community among the students here at UO and to learn from each other and support each other in new and exciting ways.”

The goal of the chapter is one of inclusion, so everyone is invited and encouraged to participate. If you share the goal of a strong and inclusive community in our department, regardless of whether you come from an underrepresented group or not, please come and be assured that you will be entirely welcome.

January 15, 2020

Amie Zimmer published in APA Blog series


Amie Leigh Zimmer (UO Philosophy Doctoral Candidate) has published in the APA Blog’s series on Women in Philosophy:

https://blog.apaonline.org/2020/01/15/fashion-and-philosophy/?fbclid=IwAR20-GVWWUXq4F6aOm2-VED5imOEpHqny6mZBp3bNbr2bRap2a7qClcbEeg

January 9, 2020

Philosophy Alumna receives MLK award

Celena Simpson (Ph.D. 2019) received the 2020 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Outstanding Diversity Practitioner Award. Celena is being recognized because she demonstrates excellence in her role as a diversity practitioner on and beyond campus.

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