Author Archives: Kleiner

About Kleiner

Associate Vice Provost and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Utah State University. I teach across the curriculum, but am most interested in continental philosophy, ancient and medieval philosophy as well as Catholic thought, all of which might be summed up as an interest in the ressourcement tradition (returning in order to make progress). I also enjoy spending time thinking about liberal education and its ends.

Learning during the COVID19 crisis

My friend Dr Walz, who teaches philosophy at University of Dallas, wrote an interesting reflection today on learning during COVID19.  He used C.S. Lewis’ sermon “Learning in War-Time” as the starting point for his reflection, though he stresses the distinction between COVID19 and actual war.  Dr Walz has interesting insights for teachers and students as we try to learn in this unique situation. Worth a read, so click here.

CHaSS Alumni Lunch Series

CHaSS hosts alumni lunch series events that get current USU students connected with alumni.  This is a great opportunity to see how a degree in the liberal arts (including philosophy) can be used after college in various careers.  Plus you get an opportunity to network.  Bonus – free food!

The next event will feature Selma Mlikota (Liberal Arts major, ’15).  Selma Mlikota has an unusual job. She helps create great employee experiences for a company that’s in the employee experience business.  Come learn about that but, more importantly, how she framed and deployed her liberal arts education into a cool career!

Friday September 13, 12:15-1:30 in LIB 154.

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.

Humanae Vitae documentary and discussion

This year is the 50th anniversary of one of the most significant and controversial encyclical letters of the last several hundred years – Humanae Vitae.  In that encyclical, Pope Paul VI reaffirmed Catholic teachings regarding marriage and family, most notably reaffirming the prohibition of any use of contraception.  The encyclical was, and remains, quite divisive within Catholic circles.  And given the large role the Catholic Church plays in social services and medical care, the encyclical has reverberated throughout the culture for the last 50 years.

The USU Catholic Newman Center is sponsoring a documentary film and discussion on the topic.  On Wednesday, Oct 3, from 6-8pm, we will watch “Unprotected: A Pope, the Pill, and the Perils of Sexual Chaos”.  Eccles Sciences Learning Center, room 053.  After the film, there will be a discussion time led by Dr Sherlock and Dr Kleiner.

All are welcome.