Colorado College News: Philosophy, Linda Martín Alcoff Delivers the Annual Gray Lecture Tue, 13 Mar 2018 10:15:00 MDT <p>Linda Mart&iacute;n Alcoff, Professor of Philosophy at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center delivered the 2018 J. Glenn and Ursula Gray Lecture on Thursday, March 1st on the topic of "<span class="s1">Global Echoes of Rape and Resistance</span>."&nbsp; For details on the lecture, which was co-sponsored by the Feminist and Gender Studies Program, see the <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Catalyst</em> article</a> by Emily Kressley.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Ancient Greek Philosophy at Baca Sun, 04 Feb 2018 13:54:00 MST <p>Fifteen Philosophy and Classics students wrapped up a week at the Baca campus on Friday, February 1st, reading, discussing, and writing papers on the social and political philosophy of Plato and Aristotle.&nbsp; Along the way, most the class climbed the Great Sand Dunes, soaked at Joyful Journey Hot Springs, and otherwise got out of the Cave!</p> Dennis McEnnerney Honored by the Association for Political Theory Thu, 26 Oct 2017 10:25:00 MDT <p>CC Philosophy professor Dennis McEnnerney and Emily Hauptmann, Professor of Political Science at Western Michigan University, were honored for their work as co-founders of the <a title="Association for Political Theory" href="" target="_blank">Association for Political Theor</a>y (APT) on October 14, 20017, at the Association&rsquo;s 15<sup>th</sup>annual meeting, held at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Professors Hauptmann and McEnnerney decided to found APT in 2000 after meeting for brunch in Ann Arbor, where Professor McEnnerney was then on the faculties of English and Political Science. Together, they organized APT&rsquo;s first meeting at Calvin College in 2003, with a program of 99 participants. Professor McEnnerney served in many capacities as the organization grew: co-director (2000-2008), secretary-treasurer (2000-2005), membership secretary (2000-2008), newsletter editor (2000-2008), and webmaster (2000-2012). He organized or supervised the organization of conferences at Colorado College, Washington University in St. Louis, Indiana University, The University of Western Ontario, and Wesleyan University. Tributes were delivered to the attendees by current and past officers, including Michael Morrell of the University of Connecticut, Jeanne Morefield of Whitman College, Robert Martin of Hamilton College, and Andrew Murphy of Rutgers University. Letter were also read from Liz Wingrove of The University of Michigan and Elizabeth Markovitz of Mount Holyoke College.</p> <p>The 15<sup>th</sup> meeting at the University of Michigan was attended by about 180 members, as well as by editors for Cambridge University Press and several journals, including <em>Contemporary Political Theory, Journal of Politics, Political Theory, Review of Social Economy, </em>and <em>Theory &amp; Event</em>. APT currently boasts just over 1900 members, drawing together scholars of political science, philosophy, gender studies, history, law, literature, African-American studies, and other related areas and disciplines. A self-consciously egalitarian organization, APT welcomes the participation of scholars at all stages of their careers and from both teaching- and research-oriented institutions.</p> French Philosophy Block in Paris Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:59:00 MDT <p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">With the close of block 2, Jonathan Lee and Dennis McEnnerney completed the third iteration of their course, &ldquo;French Philosophy in Context: 1930 to the Present,&rdquo; taught in Paris, France.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The seventeen students in the course studied innovative writers associated with a variety of critical philosophical approaches, including existential, phenomenological, structuralist, poststructuralist, and feminist ones. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Three leading philosophers of the current generation visited the class, reflecting on their engagements with a diverse array of thinkers, including Frantz Fanon, Claude Levi-Strauss, and Giles Deleuze.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>In addition, the class toured a number of art museums, focusing on works that influenced and were influenced by French philosophical developments.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Taking historical walks of the Right and Left Banks, visiting significant monuments, and sampling cuisine, the students came to engage with the broader culture that formed the background for what Alain Badiou has termed &ldquo;the adventure of recent French philosophy.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Willow Mindich ’16 Publishes Senior Essay in Journal Wed, 11 Oct 2017 11:45:00 MDT ]]> <p>Colorado College philosophy major<strong> Willow Mindich &rsquo;16</strong>&nbsp;has published her senior essay, &ldquo;Autobiographical Memory and the Art of Storytelling and Narrative Identity: A Poetics of the Self,&rdquo;&nbsp;in the identity issue of&nbsp;<a href=""><em>The Other Journal</em></a>, an academic journal of theology and psychology.<br /><br />The essay challenges the dominant theories of memory that are based on premises of reproduction, says Mindich. That is: &ldquo;I experience something, I store it in my memory, I retrieve the memory and reproduce the event,&rdquo; she says. In contrast to that approach, &ldquo;I expounded on the reconstructive approach to memory, which is a theory of remembering that involves an active and creative and also fallible reconfiguring of recalled moments based on a developing network of experiences, that weaves together information in new and unique ways each time a memory is evoked,&rdquo; she says.<br /><br />&ldquo;During my time as a philosophy major, I was drawn to philosophies of memory and forgetting, fallible knowledge, imperfect truths, blindness and also identity,&rdquo; says Mindich.<br /><br />She worked as an intern for&nbsp;<em>The Other Journal,&nbsp;</em>based out of the Seattle School for Theology and Psychology, for a year following graduation. &ldquo;When I joined them, they had just started working on their Identity Issue, and asked if I would like to contribute. I sent them my senior essay and they expressed interest in publishing it. I was really excited to discover that an interview with Judith Butler on protest and embodied resistance would also be published in the print edition,&rdquo; she says.<br /><br />Mindich currently is enrolled in a Masters of Humanities Program at University of Colorado &mdash;&nbsp; Denver in the philosophy and theory track. She also is working on a project involving fake news, collective memory, cultural identity and historical revisionism.</p> Rebecca Glazer ’18 Receives Udall Scholarship Honorable Mention Fri, 19 May 2017 15:00:00 MDT <p><strong>Rebecca Glazer &rsquo;18</strong>, who is working toward a self-designed major in Philosophies of Sustainable Development, has received a Udall Scholarship Honorable Mention.</p> <p><a href="">The Udall Foundation</a> awards scholarships to sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to American Indian tribal policy, Native American health care, and the environment.&nbsp;</p> <p>Glazer is actively involved with Colorado College&rsquo;s organic student farm, and spent last summer as one of four student interns working at the CC Farm. She will return this year as the lead intern, and will work in Colorado College&rsquo;s Office of Sustainability next year as the local food and community engagement intern. Glazer, from the San Francisco Bay Area, hopes to eventually own and run an ecological farm and education center which maintains the integrity and biodiversity of a natural ecosystem while also producing enough food to feed a community.</p> <p>As part of the CC Farm&rsquo;s mission to increase community engagement and food access in Colorado Springs, Glazer secured the student farm a spot at a local farmer's market in order to sell directly to the community, increasing food access to the downtown area.</p> <p>&ldquo;I want to involve my community in the entire life cycle of the food that sustains them, from planting to eating to saving seed for the next season,&rdquo; Glazer says. &ldquo;The goal is not only to increase access to fresh produce while sustainably stewarding the land and combatting climate change, but also to empower people to feed themselves and understand our deep interdependence on each other and the earth.&rdquo;</p> <p>She worked as a student ambassador for the USA Pavilion at the 2015 World Expo in Milan last summer, and has begun the process of building a seed library in Colorado Springs. &ldquo;The library will be a bike-powered mobile unit offering free vegetable seeds, gardening classes, and seed-saving workshops at elementary schools and community centers,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;It will be the first of its kind in the region, and will hopefully empower kids and their families to feed themselves and connect to the life cycle of their food and the earth that sustains them.&rdquo;</p> <p>She also founded a discussion group on campus where students meet each week to talk about a different facet of the food system and is co-chair of the CC Food Coalition, which seeks to improve the transparency and accountability in the campus&rsquo;s food purchasing and encourage purchasing more from local farmers.</p> Andrew Scherffius ’17 Selected to JET Program Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:00:00 MDT ]]> <p><strong>Andrew Scherffius &rsquo;17</strong>, from Bozeman, Montana, has been selected as an assistant language teacher by the <a href="">Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program</a>. Assistant language teachers work alongside their Japanese counterparts to teach English to children of all ages in schools.</p> <p>Scherffius first became interested in Japan when he was 14 and visited a monastery, where Trappist monks practiced the Japanese art of bonsai. Eventually, the monks instructed him in the basics of bonsai, including the relevant history and philosophy. His interest in Japan was solidified when he lived in Galicia, Spain, where a teacher who was a Japanophile befriended him and nurtured his interest in Japan through film screenings, readings, lessons, and discussions.</p> <p>&ldquo;When Andrew first approached me&nbsp;about applying to the JET Program, I was pleased to learn that he had started to learn Japanese on his own,&rdquo; says Colorado College Professor of Japanese Joan Ericson.&nbsp;&ldquo;It's not a requirement for&nbsp;application to the program, but it&nbsp;helps to have some knowledge of Japanese society and cultural&nbsp;expectations for a teacher in the public school system. Andrew signed up for my Survival Japanese Half Block course in January&nbsp;and created a very thoughtful&nbsp;self-introduction in Japanese by the end of only nine days.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;In addition to refining my teaching skills, I am eager to achieve linguistic and cultural fluency, practicing&nbsp;bonsai and&nbsp;diving headfirst&nbsp;into&nbsp;Japanese history and&nbsp;tradition,&rdquo; Scherffius says.<br /><br />A philosophy major who has been on the Dean&rsquo;s List for two years, Scherffius&rsquo;s thesis, &ldquo;Information Operations: Marketing and the Militarization of Information in the Network Age,&rdquo; looks at information science and several&nbsp;works by philosophers Paul Virilio, Gilles Deleuze, and Felix Guattari.</p> <p>During the summer of 2016, Scherffius received internship funding from the Career Center to work with the Galileo Middle School Garden Project in Colorado Springs. His work with the project involved growing vegetables for D11 school districts school cafeterias, educating, and building community, as well as special projects including collaborating with local nonprofit Concrete Couch, helping with a native plants and sensory gardens, and growing hops, grapes, berries, and giant pumpkins.<br /><br />Additionally, he is involved with the Colorado College Refugee Alliance, tutoring a refugee family several hours a week. After his experience on the JET Program, Scherffius will consider a career in either journalism or education.</p> <p><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Calibri',sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;" size="3">&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: medium;" size="3" face="Times New Roman" color="#000000"> </span></p> Jared Russell ’18 Named Humanity in Action Fellow Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:00:00 MDT <p><strong>Jared Russell &rsquo;18</strong> has been awarded a <a href="">Humanity in Action</a> fellowship and will study in Copenhagen, Denmark, this summer.<br /><br />The selection of Russell, a Boettcher Scholar and political science and philosophy major, marks the third consecutive year a Colorado College student has been named a Humanity in Action fellow.</p> <p>The 2017 <a href="">Humanity in Action Copenhagen Fellowship</a> &mdash; the 20th anniversary of the Copenhagen program &mdash; will explore how to bridge historical, cultural, and political divides in pursuit of an inclusive society.&nbsp;This year&rsquo;s theme, &ldquo;Towards an inclusive society,&rdquo; will set the stage for the next three Copenhagen Fellowships. The program notes that creating and maintaining an inclusive society is both a complex and demanding process in which historical, cultural, and political conditions play a pivotal role. Russell and his colleagues will study these conditions and explore methods to bridge societal divides.</p> <p>The Colorado College rising senior already has been involved in several related issues. Last summer he worked in an immigration clinic in his hometown of Pueblo, Colorado, helping low-income families achieve citizenship. In the course of the summer, he assisted 17 individuals obtain legal status within the United States. &ldquo;I found it to be an eye-opening experience, as it made me realize the fundamental aspects of life that I have started to take for granted,&rdquo; says Russell. &ldquo;After assisting people in the fight for these&nbsp;fundamental rights, I knew that I wanted to pursue the issue further to not only obtain a greater understanding, but to also make a larger impact. As such,&nbsp;I became increasingly interested in assisting with matters of human rights and the implementation of&nbsp;social justice programs.&rdquo;</p> <p>At the conclusion of his time in Copenhagen, Russell will attend a capstone conference in Berlin that incorporates all the Fellows from the various participating programs in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Sarajevo, and Warsaw). This year&rsquo;s conference will explore the rise in nationalist sentiment, xenophobic rhetoric, and political extremism across Europe and the United States, and the resultant challenges to transatlantic relations and domestic policies on both sides of the Atlantic.<br /><br />Following the Humanity in Action program, Russell will serve as a <a href="">Public Interest Fellowship Program</a> summer fellow&nbsp;at the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, where most likely he will be conducting research on how the Medicare and Medicaid program can be better tailored to the low-income and immigrant populations in Colorado.&nbsp;When the eight-week fellowship ends, he will head to&nbsp;Oxford for the fall semester to study the politics of the European Union and philosophy of law.</p> Three Philosophy Students’ Work Recognized Fri, 31 Mar 2017 14:30:00 MDT <p>The work of three Colorado College philosophy students has recently been recognized for presentation and publication through the peer review process.</p> <p><strong>Clare Holtzman &rsquo;17</strong>, from Portage, Michigan, had an essay titled &ldquo;Imposed Sexuality&rdquo; accepted for presentation at the <a href="">Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference</a>. In it, Holtzman describes the marginalization of bisexual women and argues for the importance of their greater community and self-advocacy.</p> <p>An essay titled &ldquo;There Is a Time&rdquo; by <strong>Alice Xiang &rsquo;17</strong>, a philosophy major from Shenzhen, People&rsquo;s Republic of China, also was accepted for presentation at the Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference as well as at the <a href="">New Mexico-Texas Philosophical Society Meeting</a>. In the essay, Xiang uses considerations about the experience of time to argue against the claim by J. M. E. McTaggart (of McTaggart&rsquo;s Paradox) that time is unreal; it is real, she claims, but necessarily subjective.</p> <p>An essay&nbsp;titled &ldquo;In Defense of Strong AI: Semantics as Second-Order Rules&rdquo; by<strong> Corey Baron &rsquo;17</strong>, a philosophy major&nbsp;from Evergreen, Colorado, has been accepted for publication in the undergraduate philosophy journal <em><a href="">Stance.</a></em> In this essay, she defends&nbsp;the potential for computers to understand language on the grounds that&nbsp;computer information processing is not so different from human language acquisition.&nbsp;Baron has accepted a position as an <a href="">El Pomar Foundation Fellow</a>, to begin after her graduation in May.</p> <p>&ldquo;These three philosophy students submitted their essays to peer review processes, and their work was judged to be exceptional.,&rdquo; says Helen Daly, associate professor of philosophy. &ldquo;Now they will have the opportunity to share their research more widely, with audiences outside of CC. We are very proud of them for working hard and taking risks.&rdquo;</p> Professor Riker’s New Book Explores ‘Life of the Soul’ Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:45:00 MST <p>Colorado College Professor of Philosophy John Riker has published a new book, &ldquo;Exploring the Life of the Soul.&rdquo; In the book, Riker develops and expands the conceptual framework of self-psychology in order to offer contemporary readers a naturalistic ground for adopting an ethical way of being in the world.<br /><br />Subtitled &ldquo;Philosophical Reflections on Psychoanalysis and Self Psychology,&rdquo; the book argues for a notion of central and ethical selfhood brought to life in self-psychological psychoanalysis. In it, Riker stresses the need to find a balance between mature narcissism and ethics, to address and understand differences among people, and to reconceive social justice as based on the development of individual self.<br /><br />The book, published this month by Lexington Books, explores the philosophical basis of the work of Heinz Kohut, an important figure in contemporary psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. Kohut&rsquo;s work, Riker argues, connects with the philosophical inquiry into meaning stretching back to Plato and into the modern era via Emerson and others. Notes one reviewer, &ldquo;This human and humane book is a must read for anyone interested in psychoanalytic and philosophic perspectives about the human condition.&rdquo;<br /><br />Riker has taught philosophy at Colorado College since 1968. He chaired the department for 15 years and was named the Judson Bemis Professor of the Humanities.&nbsp;Riker has been awarded teacher of the year four times, advisor of the year twice, received the Riley Award from CC in 2013, and was the initial recipient of the Victor Nelson-Cisneros Award, awarded to the person most involved with aiding diversity on campus. He was the Kohut Professor at the University of Chicago during the fall semester, 2003.</p> <p>Riker&rsquo;s areas of interest in philosophy are ethics, history of philosophy, Greek philosophy, psychoanalysis, American philosophy, and metaphysics.&nbsp; His research interests center on the intersection of a psychoanalytic understanding of human nature with ethics.</p>