Writing Advisor Positions for 2010-2011

The Writing Center is taking applications for peer writing advisors for next academic year.  The application deadline is March 10, 2010.

The Peer Writing Advisor positions are open to students with at least a 3.3 G.P.A. who will be enrolled at the University of Puget Sound during the 2010-11 school year. Preference will be given to students who will be juniors and seniors during the next academic year.

For more information: http://www.pugetsound.edu/academics/academic-resources/cwlt/writing/becoming-a-writing-advisor/

Talk on Thur 2/18: Omnivorous Dilemmas: The Problem with the Pollanization of Environmental Ethics

Omnivorous Dilemmas:  The Problem with the Pollanization of Environmental Ethics

A talk by Stefan Dolgert
Thursday, February 18, 2010 @ 4pm
Wyatt 109
 
In 2007’s Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan argues that “the way we eat represents our most profound engagement with the natural world.”  And the way we are eating, he says, reveals a deep disconnection between Americans, their food, and nature.  Pollan recommends that we return to the culinary traditions of our ancestors in eating foods that are local and natural, and his ideas have been profoundly influential in revitalizing environmentalism as a popular discourse of the American Left. 

Stefan Dolgert is not convinced by Pollan’s “locavorism.”  He challenges us to think critically about the anthropocentric underpinnings of Pollan’s ethics and about the global effects of eating locally.  Dolgert explores several of the metaphors that underlie Pollan’s rhetoric, arguing that both Pollan and locavores are relying on a conservative fantasy that is dangerous as long as it goes unrecognized. Dolgert contends that this conservative vision deeply influences Pollan’s politics, and that food politics for the 21st century must be founded upon a different basis.
 
Stefan Dolgert is Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Jackman Humanities Institute at the University of Toronto. He is currently working on a book entitled Citizen Canine: Humans and Animals in Athens and America, which explores the relationship between sacrifice and the political status of humans and nonhumans.  
 
Sponsored by the Department of Politics and Government and the Environmental Policy and Decision Making

Call for Papers: Brown University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference and Journal

We are now accepting submissions for the Second Annual Brown Undergraduate Philosophy Conference (May 1, 2010), and for inaugural issue of Room 119: Brown’s Undergraduate Philosophy Journal.

The conference will include a keynote address by Professor David Estlund entitled “Utopophobia”

Submissions for the conference should be approximately 10-15 pages in length (double-spaced) and include a short abstract; submissions for the journal may be of any length. Authors may submit the same paper to both the conference and the journal, but no more than one paper to each. Submissions should be prepared for blind review and sent to phildug.brown -at- gmail.com

The deadline for submissions is March 22th Authors will be notified of final decisions by April 9th Cash prizes will be awarded for top papers at the conference.

Wed 2/17: Spring 2010 Career Fair

Spring 2010 Career Fair
Wednesday Feb. 17, 2010
4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Wheelock Student Center, Marshall Hall

What is the purpose of the Career Fair?
There is no substitute for an old-fashioned handshake. The Career Fair provides an opportunity for Puget Sound students and recent alumni to meet employers face-to-face, and make contacts for the purpose of exploring career options and inquiring about available jobs and internships.

What types of opportunities are available?
Because every job is part of your career path, the Career Fair brings to campus employers with a variety of opportunities. Part-time, full-time, and seasonal jobs and internships are all available.

Who should attend?
Whether it’s your first or your final year on campus, and regardless of your major, you can benefit from attending the Career Fair!

More info: http://www.pugetsound.edu/about/offices–services/ces/career-events/career-fair/#How

Carnegie Mellon Summer School in Logic and Formal Epistemology

In the summer of 2010, the Department of Philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University will hold a three-week summer school in logic and formal epistemology for promising undergraduates in philosophy, mathematics, computer science, linguistics, and other sciences. The goals are to o introduce students to cross-disciplinary fields of research at an early stage in their career; and to forge lasting links between the various disciplines.

The summer school will be held from Monday, June 7 to Friday, June 25, 2010. There will be morning and afternoon lectures and daily problem sessions, as well as outings and social events.

The summer school is free. That is, we will provide o full tuition, and o dormitory accommodations on the Carnegie Mellon campus. So students need only pay round trip travel to Pittsburgh and living expenses while there. There are no grades, and the courses do not provide formal course credit.

Instructions for applying can be found on the summer school web page, http://www.phil.cmu.edu/summerschool

Materials must be received by the Philosophy Department by March 15, 2010.

This year’s topics are:

Logic and Scientific Inquiry Monday, June 7 to Friday, June 11 Instructor: Clark Glymour Computability and Foundations

Monday, June 14 to Friday, June 18 Instructor: Wilfried Sieg Philosophical Logic and Formal Epistemology

Monday, June 21 to Friday, June 25 Instructor: Horacio Arlo-Costa

The summer school is open to undergraduates, as well as to students who will have just completed their first year of graduate school. Applicants need not be US citizens. There is a $20 nonrefundable application fee. Inquiries may be directed to Jeremy Avigad (avigad -at- cmu.edu).

Tuesday 2/9: Movie Night

This Tuesday, the Philosophy and Political Theory Film Series shows its next movie: The Lives of Others, a 2006 German film about spying on citizens in East Berlin.

The film will be shown this Tuesday, February 9th, at 7 p.m. in the Rausch Auditorium.  After the film, there will be a discussion with Alisa Kessel (Politics & Government), Ariela Tubert (Philosophy), and Justin Tiehen (Philosophy).

Call for Essays & Creative Writing Projects

2010 Undergraduate Ethics Symposium – DePauw University

April 8-10, 2010

DePauw University invites you to take part in the Undergraduate Ethics Symposium at the Prindle Institute for Ethics, a center for interdisciplinary reflection on ethical issues. This symposium is an opportunity to engage in dialogue with leading scholars and artists about today’s ethical concerns.

Although students may write about any ethical issue, this year we especially encourage submissions focusing on Self-Interest, Altruism and Morality:  Evolutionary, Religious and Philosophical Perspectives. Students may write an argumentative essay or an analysis focused on an ethical question or subject; or they may wish to explore ethical themes that are addressed in plays, poetry, film, or fiction. In addition, students may wish to explore these themes through fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry or dramatic writings. The Institute welcomes works centered on ethics from all disciplines, including the humanities and social sciences, but also the natural sciences and arts. 

  • Students’ travel (up to $400), lodging, and meals will be covered by the Institute
  • Deadline extended to February 12, 2010
  • Submit to Linda Clute at prindleinstitute@depauw.edu
  • Place name and collegiate affiliation on separate page
  • Guidelines:
    ▪         Essays and fiction pieces should be submitted in Chicago style (3,500 word limit)
    ▪         Poets should submit 5-10 poems, not more than 10 pages total.
    ▪         Playwrights should submit a 10-minute play
    ▪         Film makers should submit a 10-minute film
    ▪         Screenwriters should submit a 10-page screenplay
  • Notification: March 1, 2010

Speakers:

David Sloan Wilson, Professor of Biological Sciences and Anthropology, Binghamton University
Claudia Mills, Professor of Philosophy, University of Colorado
Ronald Sundstrom, Professor of Philosophy and Co-Director of African American Studies, University of San Francisco

More info: http://prindleinstitute.depauw.edu/programs/ethics_symposium10.asp