Colorado College News: Philosophy, 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> Tom Roberts ’17, Professor Riker Publish in Philosophy Journal Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:30:00 MST <p>Colorado College philosophy major <strong>Thomas Roberts &rsquo;17</strong> and Professor of Philosophy John Riker co-authored an article that recently appeared in <a href=""><em>The Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology</em></a> (Fall 2016, vol. 36, issue 4). The article, &ldquo;Jonathan Lear&rsquo;s Psychoanalytic Ontology,&rdquo; is the result of a Colorado College collaborative<a href=""> faculty-student research grant</a>, which in turn was part of a larger grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supporting CC&rsquo;s Center for Immersive Learning and Engaged Teaching.</p> <p>The faculty-student research grant provided Roberts with the funding to spend the summer of 2015 conducting research in Chicago, and Riker gained a collaborator on the project. The bulk of the research and writing took place in Chicago, where Jonathan Lear is the John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor at the Committee on Social Thought and in the Philosophy Department, and the Roman Family Director of the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society at the University of Chicago. Much of Lear&rsquo;s work involves the intersection of psychoanalysis and philosophy.</p> <p>Riker and Roberts&rsquo; work already is garnering critical acclaim, with Robert Stolorow one of the leading psychoanalysts and philosophers in the country, saying the article&nbsp;&ldquo;presents a wonderful and comprehensive account of the evolution and unity of Lear&rsquo;s thought.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;John&rsquo;s openness to collaborating and co-authoring with me was one of the most deeply enriching experiences I've had at CC, and it helped to affirm my commitment to pursuing a career in academia after college,&rdquo; says Roberts. Roberts, who recently was named a Fulbright semifinalist, hopes to study German Idealism at the Free University of Berlin.</p> <p>Riker notes that Roberts truly was a co-writer, serving as much more than an assistant researcher. &ldquo;While I had read the entirety of Lear's publications on psychoanalysis, I was rusty on a number of them. &nbsp;Tom read them all in a month&rsquo;s time and was completely on top of them. &nbsp;So this was a true collaboration in which we each took responsibility for different sections and each corrected/enhanced the other&rsquo;s sections.&rdquo;<br /><br />Roberts says his first job was to read the vast majority of Lear's canon &mdash; something on the order of seven books and several articles &mdash; during the first month or so of the summer. He and Riker would meet once or twice a week to discuss the material and begin brainstorming directions in which they could start to synthesize Lear's work.</p> <p>&ldquo;By the time I had read all of Lear's material, a basic overall structure had begun to emerge, so we began writing,&rdquo; Roberts says. &ldquo;Our strategies for writing were several. For a couple sections, we would both write a version in our own voice and then sit down together to synthesize them into a cohesive whole &mdash; collaboratively picking and choosing sentences from each of our respective sections. However, we later started to each take on individual sections which we felt more comfortable tackling on our own.&rdquo;<br /><br />Roberts, who is a German Studies minor, wrote the sections on Wittgenstein and the linguistic construction of socially recognized meaning since he had just read Lear&rsquo;s work on those subjects. Riker, who has been conducting research on psychoanalysis and ethics for years, wrote the section that relates Lear&rsquo;s ethical framework to the tradition of ethics in Western philosophy as a whole. &ldquo;We would always send each other our sections and give each other extensive feedback,&rdquo; Roberts says.</p> <p>Riker and Roberts also were able to sit down with Lear himself at the University of Chicago and ask him several questions, including ones about how he perceives his work&rsquo;s&nbsp;relationship to Nietzsche's concept of self-overcoming.<br /><br />&ldquo;We had begun to develop a direction of synthesis that made use of Nietzsche and Emerson's poetic renditions of the perpetually deepening ethical human spirit,&rdquo; Roberts says. &ldquo;Among the issues raised by this direction was what John and I perceived to be a foregone normative judgment in favor of complexity with respect to the human psyche, which we did not see explicitly addressed in Lear&rsquo;s work. Fortunately, Lear was able to himself confirm such a positive valuation of complexity as it relates to human ethical flourishing, and we were able to use insights from this conversation in the crafting of our article.&rdquo;<br /><br />&ldquo;It was a great experience for both of us and the article is far better than if I had tried to write it myself,&rdquo; Riker says.&nbsp;&ldquo;Indeed, without Tom's wanting to collaborate on a philosophical production, the article never would have been written, although I had thought about it for years.<br /><br />&ldquo;It was CC at its best &mdash; a really bright student with fabulous initiative contacting a professor and then working together to produce what I think is a fabulous article of some importance,&rdquo; Riker says.</p> Bro Adams ’72 Discusses Relevance of the Humanities Tue, 13 Sep 2016 15:45:00 MDT <p>Colorado College alumnus <strong>William &ldquo;Bro&rdquo; Adams &rsquo;72</strong>, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, is featured in an article in <em>The Chronicle of Higher Education</em> that emphasizes Adams&rsquo; focus on making the humanities meaningful to the public.</p> <p>In the article, <a href="">&ldquo;A Very Public Intellectual: Can Bro Adams persuade the public that the humanities matter?&rdquo;</a> Adams discusses the relevance of the humanities and how humanities can be resources for daily life.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;When I was deciding what sort of tone to set at the NEH, I decided it would be worth our while to talk about the humanities as being very closely connected to our values, our culture, our history, and our most important ideas,&rdquo; he says. Adams took the helm of the NEH in 2014, and since then has discussed the need to promote projects that tackle new challenges, such as cyber-surveillance, which &ldquo;share boundaries with science.&rdquo; He has encouraged initiatives that emphasize relevance and accessibility.</p> <p>After interrupting his studies to join the Army and serve in Vietnam, he returned to Colorado College and graduated <em>magna cum laude</em> with a philosophy degree. He served as president of Colby College and Bucknell College, vice president and secretary of Wesleyan University, and as program coordinator of the Great Works in Western Culture program at Stanford University.<br /> <br /> Earlier in his career, he held various teaching positions at Stanford University, Santa Clara University, and the University of North Carolina.&nbsp; In 1977, he&nbsp;became a Fulbright Scholar and conducted research at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes and the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, France. Colorado College awarded Adams an honorary degree in 1996.</p> <p>Thanks to <em>The Chronicle of Higher Education</em> for allowing their article to be viewed for 30 days from the posting of this CC story.</p>