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News Archive: AY 2020 and 2021
Summer Faculty Fellowships
Jeanne Hossenlopp, Vice President for Research and Innovation announced 2022 Summer Faculty Fellowships for three in the Philosophy Dept: Kimberly Harris, Javiera Perez Gomez, and Pol Vandevelde.
Current graduate student Heidi Hildemann is the recipient of the Irene Frances Gyzinski Scholarship fund award. The award is highly competitive and is given to long-term residents of Southeastern Wisconsin who are students of Polish Extraction.
Women in Philosophy Contribute
to New Book
Now available: On the Vocation of the Educator in This Moment, published in conjunction with Marquette University Press. The book was edited by Dr. Jennifer S. Maney from the Center for Teaching and Learning and Dr. Melissa M. Shew, Philosophy. Three other department members also contributed chapters: Noel Adams, Theresa Tobin, and Marisola Xhelili Ciaccio. More info
Congratulations to Society Scholars: Karolyn Burns and Bella-Rose Kelly
Graduate students Karolyn Burns and Bella-Rose Kelly have been selected as the "society scholars" of the Metaphysical Society of America, for the 2022 ACLS Intention Foundry on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-racism. They and Prof. Tyler Tritten of Gonzaga University will work with other academic societies in virtual and live sessions at the Newberry Library in Chicago and at Rutgers University-Newark, to develop initiatives to diversify the field of metaphysics. This is part of a $2 million dollar grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. More information
Jessica Wolfendale on the Myth of “Precision” Weapons and “Precise” Strikes
Philosophy Chair Jessica Wolfendale published an article, "When Drone Warfare is Terrorism."
911 and the Erasure of American Torture
In a newly published article, Philosophy Chair Jessica Wolfendale discusses how the ongoing pattern of the justification and erasure of torture is indefensible. Read more here.
Undergraduate Student Achievement Awards: Congratulations to Noelle Douglass for the Francis X. Boden Memorial Award; Marinella Krezic for the James Robb Memorial Award and Eric Miller for the Rev. John Naus, S.J. Award. More information
Congratulations Dr. Desiree Valentine
The Institute for Citizens & Scholars announced the 2021 class of Career Enhancement Fellows. Among this year’s class is Marquette University Philosophy’s Dr. Desiree Valentine. Press release
Brett Yardley has accepted a tenure-track position with DeSales University
As a member of the Department of Philosophy & Theology, Yardley will be Assistant Professor responsible for teaching both core courses, including Philosophical Thinking, Ethics, and Bioethics, and philosophy electives in Ancient & Medieval Philosophy, including philosophy in the Abrahamic traditions.
Philosophy's Dr. Stephanie Rivera Berruz: Spotlight on Research
Marquette’s Institute for Women's Leadership features Dr. Stephanie Rivera Berruz who shares the work she is doing around Latin American Philosophy and Latinx feminisms as well as philosophy of race, gender, and sexuality. Listen here.
Karolyn Burns, Philosophy PhD candidate, has been selected to present a paper at this year's SEWSA conference, March 11th - March 14th. More information.
Sterling Knox, PhD candidate, accepted a position as Director of Abinoojiyag Noojimoo-wigamig (Children's Healing Center) on Red Lake Nation, a safe Anishinaabe worldview based 24-hour residential living facility for young Anishinaabe relatives. More info.
Melissa Shew Promoted to Visiting Associate Professor
Dean of Arts & Sciences Heidi Bostic congratulated Shew on her promotion, calling it a well-deserved honor and thanking her for the work she does for Marquette.
Prestigious Fellowships Announced
Congratulations to Shaila Wadhwani-Greenhalgh, PhD Candidate, the recipient of an Arthur J. Schmitt Leadership Fellow for 2021-22. The fellowship dedicates its resources toward a better and more humane world. Shaila also received the University Award for Teaching Excellence for a Graduate instructor.
And congratulations to Nathaniel Taylor, PhD Candidate, the recipient of the Raynor Fellowship, an award for promising graduate students to engage in advanced study and research to prepare for professional lives of service to their community and country.
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant Awarded to Philosophers
Dr. Theresa Tobin, Philosophy and Marisola Xhelili Ciaccio, PhD candidate in Philosophy, are part of a team that received a $745,000 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant to establish the Education Preparedness Program (EPP).
International Reading Groups
Philosophy is sponsoring three levels of International Reading Groups in Medieval Arabic and Latin;1/30/2021- 4/3/2021
Philosophy's Anthony Peressini, Melissa Shew and Daniel Collette were awarded Course Revision Awards from the Center For Transnational Justice. With the awards they redesigned their spring '21 courses to better address issues of systemic racism.
Margaret Urban Walker, Donald J. Schuenke Chair Emerita Philosophy
Apology: Its Role in Social and Political Life; Thur, April 15th 12pm-1:30pm
For International Women's Day Philosophy’s Melissa Shew was quoted in “How women have shaped philosophy: nine female philosophers our authors admire.”
Jessica Wolfendale wrote about the importance of moral reckoning after the recent report on war crimes committed by Australian Special Forces in Afghanistan. Link to the article
114 Holiday (or any) Recipes Since 1986
Check out 2020’s newest recipe addition to Philosophy Richard Taylor's collection.
Our Favorite Things
Philosophy’s Melissa Shew started a video series called Marquette’s Our Favorite Things, and was presented with an Excellence in Executive Education Award at a ceremony on December 5th.
2020 Undergraduate Philosophy Awards
Jason Hanselman, Francis X. Boden Award
Jake Stavsky, James Robb Award
Alanna McCauley Rev. John Naus, S.J. Award More details
Events Archive: AY 2020 and 2021
Philosophy and Organized Labor
PhD candidate Sarah Kizuk will be a webinar panelist for “Philosophy and Organized Labor in Academia.” The event is Wed. 3/2 at 12 pm CST highlighting the importance of academic labor organization, the challenges and successes in the panelists’ experience, and ways in which philosophers have useful skills on academic labor.
The Marquette University Midwest Seminar
in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy hosts:
Nathaniel Taylor, PhD candidate
Categories, Essence, and Modi Essendi:
Avicenna at the Heart of Aquinas’s Metaphysics
Oct. 21, 2021, 1 pm (CST)
The Empathetic Autistic: A Phenomenological Look at the Feminine Experience
Scarlett Dana Fritz’s dissertation and public defense will take place October 21st at 4pm in the Raynor Memorial Library (3rd Floor). The dissertation committee is Sebastian Luft, John Jones, and Thomas Abrams (external reader, Queen’s University, Canada).
Faculty & Graduate Student Picnic
Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, 4pm-6pm
Back to School Bike Ride & Picnic
Sat., August 28, 2021
Social Ontology and Objective Spirit
Classical and Contemporary Perspectives Organized by University of Cologne and Marquette University May 28, 2021
Virtual Conference via Zoom
Social Ontology and Objective Spirit Classical and Contemporary Perspectives
One Day Conference, 5/28/21
Adulting 101: Social Change at Marquette - The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Dr. Ericka Tucker, Associate Professor of Philosophy will speak
Friday, 10/23/20 12-1 pm
In partnership with the Center for Peacemaking and the Black Student Council, this program will engage in a meaningful discussion about activism, organizing, and education and consider ways to engage in social responsibility and change.
Online Workshop In Phenomenology
Sponsored by Loyola University Chicago and Marquette University Sat.10/24/2020 9am-5:30pm
The 5th Latinx Philosophy Conference will take place virtually on October 30-31. The event is being organized by Marquette Philosophy’s Javiera Perez Gomez with keynote address by Philosophy’s Stephanie Rivera Berruz from 1-2:15 pm CST.
Friday Seminar Series Schedule
Dr. Jessica Wolfendale: Technology and Terrorism
Teaching Check In
Dr. Javiera Perez Gomez: Microaggressions and Moral Encroachment
Thomas Kader: On Metaphysics of Rationalism and the Distinction between Ideas and Qualities
Dr. Michael Olson: The Aura of Belonging: Aesthetics, Politics, Society
Teaching Check In
Jorge Montiel: Motivation and Subjective Historicity in Husserl’s Transcendental Phenomenology
Kiesha Martin: Language and Identity
November 13: Sarah Kizuk: I am of this place: Place attachment as a mechanism of settler colonialism
Dr. Ronny Miron (Bar-Ilan University): Where does Being begin? On the Intimacy between Existence and Nothingness in the Metaphysical Phenomenology of Hedwig Conrad-Martius
The Marquette University Midwest Seminar in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy will host
Arnold Brooks, University of Chicago
The Structure of Change in Aristotle’s Physics 6.4-6
Monday January 2021, 3:30 pm
Social Ontology and Objective Spirit Classical and Contemporary Perspectives
One Day Conference, May 28, 2021 via Zoom
Virtual Friday Seminar Series Fall 2020
Virtual seminars every Friday of the semester
The 5th Latinx Philosophy Conference will take place virtually on October 30-31, 2020. The event is being organized by Marquette Philosophy’s Javiera Perez Gomez with keynote address by Philosophy’s Stephanie Rivera Berruz from 1-2:15 pm CST.