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Phenomenology Lecture Series

As part of the Phenomenology Lecture Series, Dr. Adam Konopka will present a paper entitled “Disgust as a Moral and Instinctual Phenomenon” on Thursday, February 21, at 4:00 p.m. in 2305 Centennial Hall. Dr. Konopka is an assistant professor in the Department of General Studies and Philosophy at the College of Mount Saint Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio. He earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Fordham University, where he was twice awarded the Teaching Fellow of the Year (2006-2007, 2007-2008).

Professor Konopka’s research is broadly informed by 20th century continental philosophy and is focused on a phenomenological development of environmental philosophy. He has published articles in several peer-reviewed journals and is currently writing a book on environmental virtue ethics.

The event is free and open to the public.


Time to apply for Scholarships!

Effective immediately, all eligible students can begin to apply for scholarships. The philosophy department has two scholarships:  the David Lee Miller Scholarship for Creativity in Philosophy and the Maly-Miller Phenomenology-Metaparadigm Vibrant Non-Being Haiku Scholarship. Follow this link for details on these and other UW-L scholarships. Deadline for applications is 2/16/2013

Capstone Presentations Scheduled

The PHL 496 students will present their capstone projects on Tues, Dec 11, from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m., in 3101 Centennial Hall.  All philosophy majors/minors are encouraged to attend this important event in the lives of their peers.

Dr. Sheryl Ross Sabbatical Presentation – November 30

As part of the “CLS Celebration of Research, Scholarship and Creative Endeavors,” Dr. Ross will present “Pondering Propaganda (and other matters) at Cambridge University,” Friday, November 30th from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in the Ward Room, Cartwright Center.

Philosophy Alumni Making an Impact in Hawaii

Education and the end of voter apathy

Before her high school social studies class on Friday, 16-year-old Demaleena Long wasn’t sure about voting. ”There’s so many people in the world,” she said, “and then there’s me. It’s not like my vote would be the deciding vote for somebody. I didn’t think it mattered.”

Less than half of eligible Hawaii residents voted in the 2008 election. But when I visited teacher Jason Duncan’s open-window classroom at Mililani High School, I learned it doesn’t always have to be that way. Duncan’s students debate policy issues, talk about candidates, discuss the voting process and, with the help of a group called Kids Voting Hawaii, practice an online version of the voting process, so they’ll know what to expect at the polls.

In short, he’s trying to use education to kill voter apathy.

“As a social studies teacher, one of my responsibilities is to create an informed citizenry,” he said.

Friday’s classroom discussion on women’s suffrage and on why so few Hawaii residents vote piqued Long’s interest. She listened as her classmates spoke passionately about their opposition to healthcare, their support of conservation, their anger about traffic in Honolulu and their concerns about “overpopulation.” (Boy in white T-shirt: “If you go to Sandy Beach and catch a wave, there’s 10 other people on that same wave!”)

They also chimed in with at least a dozen reasons people in Hawaii don’t vote: laziness, apathy, lack of education, disillusionment with the process, feelings of helplessness and a general disdain for the negativity of he-said-she-said of partisan politics.

Long came away from the discussion believing those are hurdles that can and should be overcome. “After listening,” she said, “it makes me realize voting is really important.”

Maybe the next generation of Hawaii voters will see it that way, too.

Help us bring change to places and issues that need it most. Our current effort: Bumping Hawaii off the bottom of the United States voter turnout list. This CNN experiment is led by John D. Sutter.

Dr. Kraemer debates…

“Is Religion a Positive Force in Society?”  A debate between: Dan Barker, Co-President, Freedom from Religion Foundation and Eric Kraemer, Professor of Philosophy at UW-La Crosse.  Thursday, November 1, 2012, 7:00 p.m. in Valhalla, Cartwright Center.  Sponsored by the La Crosse Area Free Thought Society and the La Crosse Student Secular Society

National Council on Undergraduate Research will be at UW-L April 11-13, 2013

For all our majors and minors, there are several upcoming dates to keep in mind:

October 1, 2012: Abstract submission opens
December 4, 2012: Abstract submission ends
December 5, 2012-January 8, 2013: Review of abstract submissions
January 22, 2013: Notification of decision on abstracts

Additional information can be found at the NCUR website:   NCUR 2013 | NCUR 2013 | Council on Undergraduate Research.

Philosophy gets 6th position!

This time next year we’ll have a sixth faculty member with expertise in Ancient Greek Philosophy, and Logic.  The search process is underway!

Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics

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The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest 2013 is available.

Suggested topic: Articulate with clarity an ethical issue that you have encountered and analyze what it has taught you about ethics and yourself.

Eligible to full-time undergraduate juniors and seniors. Online entry & detailed guidelines www.ethicsprize.org or contact UWL Philosophy department for more information.

Deadline: Online by DECEMBER 3, 2012, 5PM PST.

We Have a Blog!

Welcome to the new Philosophy Department blog! Here we’ll be posting news about special events, lectures, kudos, contest and scholarship oportunites, and more. Stop back soon!