Come join a fun philosophical discussion of matters of the heart!
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.
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
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.
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.”
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
CONFERENCE INFORMATION: The conference will be held on April 6, 2019, at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February, 2019
Reviews and acceptances will be completed within two weeks from the deadline.
Participants should: * Submit your paper/abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org (include “UNT undergraduate philosophy conference” as the subject heading)
* For more information, email; Michael.email@example.com