2014-2015 Events

Philosophy Department happenings during the 2014-2015 academic year.

The Philosophy Department hosted a record number of speakers in the 2014-15 academic year!

Endowed Lectureships (read more):

  • Sophia Lecture - Friday, October 17 at 4:30 pm: Dr. Serife Tekin of Daemen College, "Identifying Psychiatry's Scientific Targets: Mental Disorders and Natural Kinds." More info here.
  • Elton Lecture - Friday, November 7 at 4:00 pm: Dr. Don Garrett of New York University, "Hume's Sense of Probability." More info here.
  • Thacher Lecture - Friday, March 20 at 4:00 pm: Dr. Christopher Hom of Texas Tech University, "Pejoratives as Fiction." More info here.
  • Griffith Lecture - Friday, April 24 at 4:00 pm: Dr. Dale Jamieson of New York University, "The Ethical Challenges of Climate Change." More info here.

Inaugural CCAS Dean's Lecture Series - Fall 2014:

  • October 3: Dr. Victoria Costa of the College of William and Mary, "Can Ideals of Freedom Support Informed Consent?" More info here.
  • October 31: Dr. David Miguel Gray of Colgate University, "Racial Norms: A Reinterpretation of Du Bois' 'The Conservation of Races'" More info here.
  • November 14: Dr. Luvell Anderson of The University of Memphis, "Notorious Thugs." More info here.
  • December 12: Dr. Bertha Alvarez Manninen of Arizona State University, Pheonix, "Mutual Scorn in the Abortion Debate: The Parallels with Race Relations." More info here.

Department Colloquia:

  • December 5: Dr. Avery Archer of University of Tennessee at Knoxville, "How to Distinguish between Theoretical and Practical Attitudes."  More info here.
  • January 30: Dr. Shay Welch of Spelman College, "Women's Self-Perpetuated Oppression: Complicity and Moral Responsibility in Collective Action Problems." More info here.
  • February 6: Dr. Natalie Cisneros of Penn State University and Gettysburg College, "The 'Illegal Alien': Intersectionality, Biopolitical Racism, and the Construction of Immigrant Subjectivity."  More info here.
  • February 13: Dr. Vanessa Wills of Saint Joseph's University, "Blaming Racists: Moral Responsibility in the Context of Social Control."  More info here.

Other Philosophy-Related Events:

  • January 23: University Seminar in the History and Future of Mental Wellbeing featuring Natalia Washington of Purdue University.  More info here.
  • April 3: Undergraduate Philosophy Conference.  See here for more info.
  • April 24: Induction Ceremony for Phi Sigma Tau: The International Honor Society for Philosophers
  • May 1: 2014-15 Thacher-Reynolds Fellowship Presentation by Mary Arbor

Short Term Study Abroad - Greece in Summer 2015:

Dr. Mark Ralkowski led a 2015 study abroad program to Athens, Greece, with an overnight trip to the island of Aegina! The PHIL 2111W History of Ancient Philosophy course (cross-listed with HONR 2054W) consisted of 10 days abroad (June 1-10, 2015), as well as online requirements before and after travel, throughout the duration of Summer Session I.  Please e-mail Dr. Ralkowski at mralkow@gwu.edu if you are interested in applying for the Summer 2016 trip!