Music from one of our own

 

USU Philosophy alum Dan Tate has released his first album of original music, called Maybe Love.  The album release describes it thusly, “Spanning many genres—jazz, musical theater, folk, and pop—Maybe Love explores endings, new beginnings, and the elusive nature of love.”

Maybe Love is available online anywhere you buy or stream music, but the best way to support Dan would be to buy a CD (since major music platforms don’t pay artists squat).  You can download or buy the CD for $15 by clicking here.

And here is a music video of one of the songs.

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Calling all honorable philosophers!

If you are interested in joining philosophy’s honor society, Phi Sigma Tau, please send me a note expressing that interest (charlie.huenemann[@]usu.edu). Please note that you may have expressed that interest in the past, and I may well have forgotten; so, just to be sure, let me know again!

To join Phi Sigma Tau, you need to meet the following requirements:

• You must have completed 1.5 semesters at USU;
• You must have a 3.3 cumulative GPA;
• You must have completed (or are now completing) three Philosophy classes;
• You must have a B average in your Philosophy classes.

Note that you need not be a minor or major in Philosophy.

We will have a dinner and induction ceremony (which is a highly-cultivated display of silliness) sometime over finals week. It costs $25 to join.

Networking night

CHaSS Networking Night

Juniors, seniors, and graduate students with CHaSS majors are invited
to the annual CHaSS Networking Night for a remarkable opportunity to sit down and connect with alumni who have been where you are now. You can network with professionals in a variety of fields and discover the many ways their CHaSS degrees helped them succeed.

Monday, March 25

6-8 p.m.

West Ballroom, TSC

Dinner and dessert provided.
Choose the alumni member you dine with as you register.

Seating is limited. Register at our website.

A Common Thread: Three Literary Careers in Early Modern Persia, England, and Spain

For those interested in broader currents of intellectual history…
Professor Paul Losensky (Indiana University Bloomington) will speak on “A Common Thread: Three Literary Careers in Early Modern Persia, England, and Spain” this Friday, February 22nd, at 4:30 p.m. at the Alumni Center.
Paul Losensky (Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1993) is Professor in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies and the Department of Comparative Literature at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he teaches Persian language and literature, comparative studies of Western and Middle Eastern literatures, and translation studies. His research focuses on Persian literary historiography, biographical writing, and the Fresh-Style poetry of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. His publications include Welcoming Fighāni: Imitation and Poetic Individuality in the Safavid-Mughal Ghazal (1998), Farid ad-Din ‘Attār’s Memorial of God’s Friends: Lives and Sayings of Sufis (2009), and In the Bazaar of Love: Selected Poems of Amir Khusrau (2013). He has authored numerous articles on Persian literature for journals such as Iranian Studies and is a frequent contributor to Encyclopedia of Islam and Encyclopaedia Iranica. He is a former fellow at the National Humanities Center.

Two intellectual history events on Monday

For those of you interested in broader stories about the history of the enlightenment,  there are two events next Monday to consider. The first is a lecture by Ayesha Ramachandran, associate professor of comparative literature at Yale, entitled “From Khusrau to Cristoforo: Poetry and Transformation in Early Modern Eurasia”. It is on Monday, February 4th, at 4:30, in the Alumni House.

At the same event, there will be a kind of introduction to a new addition to our library’s special collections. It’s a facsimile of a fascinating and somewhat mysterious work called “the Voynich manuscript”. Many people have regarded it as a magical work with codes to the secrets to immortality, or possibly a work spawned through communication with aliens, or some item planted by time travelers, or god knows what else. (My own view is that it was a clever forgery by a con-man who sold it to the gullible Emperor Rudolf II for a considerable pile of gold.) More about the Voynich manuscript here.

 

Lunch with Nate Putnam on Wednesday

If you’re interested in attending, RSVP to Andrea (see bottom of the following blurb):

Nathan Putnam (Philosophy, 2006) is CEO of Monumetric, a Farmington-based firm that uses data, analytics and optimization strategies to unlock earning potential for people who publish content online. He believes in building people and strives to put value first in every relationship, whether personal or business. He aligns himself with causes, companies and people who seek to leave the world better than the way they found it. Join the College of Humanities and Social Sciences on January 30th, TSC Center/West Colony room at 12PM, and see where your (CHaSS) degree can take you! Enjoy a free lunch while you learn from Nate’s experiences in the tech marketing industry, and hear how he went from Philosophy major to CEO. Open to all students, but seating is limited. Please RSVP: andrea.dehaan[at]usu.edu