Department News and Events Archive

News Archive: AY 2022 

The Marquette Midwest Seminar in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy presents:
Virtue Without the Mean: The Stoics on Virtue and Vice
Wed. Oct 19, 3:30-5pm
Marquette Hall 105

Assuming the Podium: a Symposium on Luisa Capetillo - Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies
Friday, Oct. 28th, 2022
10am-2pm (via zoom)
Dr. Stephanie Rivera Berruz, Associate Professor of Philosophy will give the keynote address. 2022 marks the centenary of Luisa Capetillo’s passing. Capetillo is a pivotal figure in the trajectory of Latin American and Caribbean feminisms and the fight for workers’ rights. In this light, this symposium aims to continue the conversations on her legacy.

Opening the Canon: Interdisciplinary Soundings
Workshop Organized by Michael Cover & Sebastian Luft
October 28, 2022
Eisenberg Reading Room, 9am-4:15pm
Keynote & Reception: Haggerty Museum of Art 4:30-7pm 

Phenomonology and Critique
Nov. 4-5, 2022, 9a - 6pm
Organized by Marquette University and Loyola of Chicago.

Philosophy Open House for Majors
Philosophy majors are invited to discover the major in Philosophy, to hear about Spring 2023 PHIL courses, and to learn about the Philosophy Honor Society and Philosophy Club, and more!  Light refreshments will be served! The event will be in MH 111 in October. Pease check back for a date.

The 2022 Midwest Society for Women in Philosophy Conference was held at Marquette University September 22-24
Dr. Mariana Ortega was keynote speaker and gave a talk entitled “Perceiving in Red:  Aesthetic Trespassing, The Visible, and the Invisible in Lugones and Anzaldúa.” 

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. 

Philosophy Graduate Programs
Are you interested in Marquette's two graduate programs in Philosophy and how they work? Take a look:
MA Program (Overview)
PhD in Philosophy (Overview)

Way Klingler Sabbatical Award
Congratulations to Philosophy's Corinne Bloch-Mullins, recipient of the 2022-2023 Way Klingler Sabbatical Fellowship Award. More details here.

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.

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). 

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

Events Archive: AY 2020 and 2021

Philosophy and Organized Labor
in Academia
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.

Showcasing the Humanities
Philosophy and State Violence
Jessica Wolfendale, Chair of Philosophy

Thurs. 2/3, 5 pm
Haggerty Museum of Art
More details on the full spring 22 series

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 Department 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)

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

Conference Announcement
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
Fall 2021

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

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
More information

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

Virtual Friday Seminar Series Fall 2020
Virtual seminars every Friday of the semester
3-4:30 pm

  • 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.

November Philosophy Newsletter

October Philosophy Newsletter


Archives Philosophy Department Lectures and Events

February 2019

  • Colloquium Series, Kelly Dean Jolley
    Friday, February 8 | 3:00 P.M.
    Marquette Hall, Room 105
  • Conference: Themes from the Philosophy of Robert Brandom
    Friday and Saturday, February 22-23
  • Aquinas Lecture, Robert Brandom (University of Pittsburgh) "Heroism and Magnanimity: The Post-Modern Form of Self-Conscious Agency"
    Sunday, February 24 | 3:00 P.M.

March 2019

April 2019

  • Prof. Stephen Ogden, The Catholic University of America, title TBA
    Friday, April 12 | 3:30 - 5:30 P.M.
  • International Research Roundtable with Katja Krause, David Twetten, Richard Taylor
    2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. 
    Live in Raynor Library and via Skype for Business
  • Tucker, Ericka. “On Natural Sociability," North American Spinoza Society, Pacific APA, Vancouver, B.C.

May 2019