Department News and Event Archive

Archive of News

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.

Philosophy Chair Dr. Jessica Wolfendale wrote an op ed about collective responsibility for the war crimes committed by Australian special forces soldier. Read here.

Dr. Kimberly Harris will be a panelist on Diversifying the Graduate Student Pipeline, Thursday April 29th 1pm CST. The event is organized by The Chronicle of Higher Education. More information.

Melissa Shew is highlighted in Marquette Today. 

Karolyn Burns, Philosophy PhD candidate, has been selected to present a paper at this year's SEWSA conference, March 11th - March 14th.  More information. published Undergrad and incarcerated students are learning side-by-side at Marquette. The result is transformative

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). More details

International Reading Groups
Philosophy is sponsoring three levels of International Reading Groups in Medieval Arabic and Latin;1/30/2021- 4/3/2021 
More information

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

Read Dr. Stephanie Rivera Berruz's open letter to Marquette University regarding racial justice (June 17, 2020).

Dr. Stephanie Rivera Berruz wrote about the meaning and impact of the ongoing protests against police brutality in Milwaukee

Read Dr. Grant's blog entry, The Lives that Matter in the Prevailing Social Order, for the American Philosophical Association 

Associate Professor Grant Silva, Coordinator of Race, Ethnic and Indigenous Studies (REIS) was interviewed about the 2019-2020 REIS Cluster Hire

Learn more about REIS

Dr. Curtis Carter, Donald J. Schuenke Chair in Philosophy, was quoted on the legacy of Milwaukee's underground comix scene

Archive of Events

Philosophy Trivia Night
The Philosophy Graduate Student Association hosted Trivia Night on October 29th in the Eisenberg Room, Sensenbrenner Hall. The night was filled with trivia, costumes, dinner and drinks.

Philosophy’s 84th Aquinas Lecture 
The Philosophy Deparatment hosted Dr. Sally Haslanger, Ford Professor of Philosophy at
Massachusetts Institute of Technology for a talk on Ideology in Practice: What Does Ideology Do? Oct. 8, 2021: 3 pm - 4:30 pm, AMU 227

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)
Teams Link: please contact

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
Check out pictures from the event at The Vine Beer Garden at Humboldt Park.

Back to School Bike Ride & Picnic
Sat., August 28, 2021
More information here

Social Ontology and Objective Spirit

Classical and Contemporary Perspectives Organized by University of Cologne and Marquette University May 28, 2021
Virtual Conference via Zoom
To register: contact

Philosophy's Friday Seminar Series 
Dr. Anthony Peressini, April 30, 3-4:30 pm
Racialized Disequilibriums and Marx's Working Day, Today 
Virtual: Click here to join the meeting
For more information: Dr. Kimberly Harris

The Final Lecture (Virtual): Philosophy's Friday Seminar Series 
Rocío Zambrana May 7, 2021 3-4:30 pm
Dystopia and Countermemory in Yuderkys Espinosa and Saidiya Hartman
To register: Dr. Kimberly Harris 

The 2022 meeting of the Metaphysical Society of America meeting will be held in person at Marquette on March 19-21, 2022.  Think about paper ideas! For more information

Conference Announcement
Social Ontology and Objective Spirit Classical and Contemporary Perspectives
One Day Conference, May 28, 2021 via Zoom
More details


Philosophy Friday Seminar Series
Check out the new schedule for spring 2021
Fridays, 3-4 pm
For more information: Kimberly Ann Harris 

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 UniversitySaturday, 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
Virtual seminars every Friday of the semester
3-4 pm
For more details, contact Kimberly Ann Harris

September 11
Dr. Jessica Wolfendale: Technology and Terrorism

September 18
Teaching Check In

September 25
Dr. Javiera Perez Gomez: Microaggressions and Moral Encroachment

October 2
Thomas Kader: On Metaphysics of Rationalism and the Distinction between Ideas and Qualities 

October 9
Dr. Michael Olson: The Aura of Belonging: Aesthetics, Politics, Society

October 16
Dr. Meena Krishnamurthy (Queen’s University): Martin Luther King Jr. on the Political Emotions
More information

October 23
Teaching Check In

October 30
Jorge Montiel: Motivation and Subjective Historicity in Husserl’s Transcendental Phenomenology

November 6
Kiesha Martin: Language and Identity

November 13: Sarah Kizuk: I am of this place: Place attachment as a mechanism of settler colonialism

November 20
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