CWLT Writing Excellence Contest

Enter the annual CWLT Writing Excellence Contest!

The Writing Excellence prizes are awarded annually by the Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching to encourage and reward good writing in all disciplines. Any paper submitted for a course taken at Puget Sound in spring, summer, or fall of 2015 is eligible. Ten prizes of $250 each will be awarded.

For more information and to complete the entry form, visit

The deadline for submission is Friday, January 29, 2016 at 5pm. 


Call For Papers:Marist Undergraduate Philosophy Journal

The Marist Undergraduate Philosophy Journal is currently accepting submissions on any topic in philosophy for its third volume. Submissions should not exceed 6,000 words and should be prepared for blind review. In addition to the paper, all submissions should include a separate document with the author’s name, the title of the submission, an abstract, institutional affiliation, and email address. Citations should made be according to the 16th Edition of the Chicago Manual of Style. Please send submissions as MS Word or PDF attachments to

The deadline for submission is January 18, 2016.

Questions can be sent to both the editor, Solomon Sloat, at, and to Dr. James Snyder at The latest issue and further information can be found at the journal homepage:

Dean Jackson’s talk: “Food Charity, Food Justice, and Food Sovereignty”

Thursday November 12, 2015, 11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m in Trimble Forum

Professor Devparna Roy (SOAN) sent us the following info:

Dean Jackson is a Black, genderqueer farmer living in the Hilltop neighborhood of Tacoma, WA. He is the founder and director of Hilltop Urban Gardens (HUG) – a social justice organization working to develop systems of food sovereignty and create racial and economic justice. Dean has a long organizing history that ranges from early childhood education, to creating space and voice for queer people of color, to working to build a neighborhood food system. Dean strives for heart led leadership, honesty, compassion, and love.

This talk will highlight the work of HUG while examining the concepts of food charity, food justice, and food sovereignty.



Implicit Stereotypes and Racism with Professor Protasi

“And it doesn’t even stop at race: I have become aware of many other forms of discrimination, over the years, and that has greatly increased my capacity at catching myself being implicitly homophobic or transphobic, fattist, ableist, and so forth. But, in fact, it seems to have only increased my awareness, not my ability to be less biased.” 

Puget Sound Philosophy Professor Sara Protasi writes about implicit racist behavior and uses an ancient metaphor from the Buddhist tradition to compare and examine how we can change these tendencies in her essay in The Prindle Post: So I am a racist: What do I do now?

Call for Papers: Eastern Michigan University’s Undergraduate Conference in Philosophy

Call for Papers
Eastern Michigan University’s 6
th Annual Undergraduate Conference in Philosophy
March 5
th and 6th, 2016

The Eastern Michigan University Undergraduate Conference in Philosophy is now accepting papers for its conference to be held at EMU on Saturday and Sunday, March 5th and 6th, 2016.  Papers selected for presentation will be allotted 20 minute presentation times, followed by formal comments and Q & A.  All papers in philosophy, broadly construed, will be considered for the conference; since this is an undergraduate conference, no papers by professionals, graduate students, or others holding an advanced degree (in philosophy) will be considered.
Papers submitted for the conference should be 8-12 pages in length and include an abstract approximately 250 words in length.  
The deadline for submission is January 8, 2016, and only completed papers accompanied by an abstract will be reviewed.  We expect to announce the papers selected for presentation before the end of January.
We will also be using a formal commenter system; so, even if your paper is not selected for presentation, you may be considered for such a role.  Please let us know, along with your paper submission, if you are willing to comment.  This also means that all selected papers will receive formal feedback at the conference.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Michelle Maiese, of Emmanuel College in Boston

Faculty Mentors:  We have enjoyed having faculty attend in a purely support role.  We strongly encourage students to bring faculty mentors to the conference.  The dialog among professors, discussion of pedagogy, and expansion of mentoring opportunities for students, are among the desirable benefits of this conference.

Papers, abstracts, and questions should be submitted electronically to

Faculty Supervisor:  Dr. W. John Koolage,
Publication Opportunity:  The top (3 to 5) papers submitted will also be published in the upcoming edition of our undergraduate philosophy journal!
*Papers submitted and/or presented at other conferences will be given equal consideration in our review process.

Talk by Alicia Schmidt Camacho: Defending Human Mobility

Defending Human Mobility: The Gendered Face of Poverty and Immigration Law Enforcement in North America

Alicia Schmidt Camacho | Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration | Yale University

My talk addresses the profoundly gendered dynamics of current militarized border surveillance and immigration enforcement practices in North America. During this period of rapid economic and political integration, regional governments have met the resulting increase in migration with denial and expanded practices of social control. By examining the migratory circuit that links Central America, Mexico and the U.S. as an integrated whole, I demonstrate how state policies have made female migrants vulnerable to unprecedented state and criminal violence. The precipitous rise in gender violence experienced in the region since the mid 1990s, I argue, is symptomatic of a broader pattern of punitive state policies that criminalize poverty and serve to expel insecure populations from the protected spheres of citizenship and civic life.

November 11 | 6.30 PM  | Rasmussen Rotunda

Alicia Schmidt Camacho is the author of author of Migrant Imaginaries: Latino Cultural Politics in the Mexico–U.S. Borderlands (NYU Press, 2008), and is currently at work on a second book project entitled, The Carceral Border: Social Violence and Governmentality on the Frontiers of Our America. She serves on the board of Junta for Progressive Action, a community agency serving the Latina/o community of New Haven, and is a contributor to local and transnational projects for immigrant and human rights.

Sponsored by the James Dolliver Seminar on Borders and the Making of Trans-American Studies
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