Author Archives: Huenemann

About Huenemann

Curious about the ways humans use their minds and hearts to distract themselves from the meaninglessness of life.

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]

Diversity institutes for philosophy undergraduates

The APA is pleased to announce that several student applications are open for 2019 summer diversity institutes in philosophy.

Diversity institutes give young philosophers the support and information they need to pursue a successful and meaningful career studying philosophy. The institutes were founded to address a lack of diverse representation in academic philosophy and thus focus on preparing women, people of color, LGBTQ+ folks, people with disabilities, first-generation students, and other diverse scholars for graduate study in philosophy.

More info here

To beard or not to beard?

The ethics of beards is discussed here. An excerpt:

But, while this may make some rational sense, Pratt acknowledges that growing a beard seems like a strange moral obligation; plus, facial hair has loaded connotations in many cultures. “It’s a symbol of manliness. In fact, it’s a symbol of patriarchy,” writes Pratt. “Growing beautiful facial hair might be the equivalent of creating a beautiful painting that’s oppressive towards women.”

University of North Texas UG conference

3rd Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

UNT DEPARTMENT of Philosophy and Religion in conjunction with

UNT Department of History, UNT Philosophy Club, and Phi Sigma Tau

CALL FOR PAPERS- This year’s theme: History of Ideas

UNT Department of Philosophy and Religion is announcing an open call for philosophy or history papers with submissions open to undergraduate students and Phi Sigma Tau members. This is an exciting pre-professional learning opportunity for anybody considering a path to graduate school or a career in academia. Submissions of papers should be focused on writing, researching, and reviewing philosophical concepts that serve to explore the writer’s particular area of interest.

Keynote Speakers: Mariana Alessandri and Alexander Stehn: University of Texas- RGV

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Submissions on any area of philosophical/historical interest are welcome. Papers should be limited to approximately 30 minutes reading time (approx. 10-12 pages double spaced). Please prepare for blind review, eliminating any author-identifying marks. In addition to the paper submission please provide, in a separate document:


Name of School/Affiliation

Title of Paper

150-word abstract

CONFERENCE INFORMATION: The conference will be held on April 6, 2019, at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX.


Reviews and acceptances will be completed within two weeks from the deadline.

Participants should: * Submit your paper/abstract to (include “UNT undergraduate philosophy conference” as the subject heading)

* For more information, email;