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#philosophyresponds : Conversations After the Election
Please join us to explore how the tools of philosophy can help us to grapple in productive ways with important social issues that have gained renewed attention following the 2016 national election cycle. Each session will start with a short introduction by faculty and/or graduate students, with the aim of initiating open discussion of the issues and will be held outside of Savery 361 at the large table on Fridays from 1:30 to 2:30 PM. Series Schedule: January 20thHate... Read more
Students gather at Red Square
In the wake of recent events, including increased instances of violence and hate on our campus and in our community, the Department of Philosophy echoes UW President Ana Mari Cauce's stance that "We are committed to the safety and security of all those in our community. This is not a political issue -- it is a human rights issue." List of Resources for Students, Staff, and Faculty... Read more
Please join us for the Benjamin Rabinowitz Symposium on Race, Health and Justice from 8.30am to 6.00pm on March 31 2017 at the HUB, Room 340, University of Washington in Seattle. This cross-disciplinary symposium will bring together students, faculty, researchers and members of the public to discuss racial disparities in health and health care, and the broader social, political, economic and historical structures in which they occur. The symposium will also celebrate the... Read more
Chair Andrea Woody introduces conversation about Facts and Fake News.
The Department of Philosophy hosted the second discussion in the series #philosophyresponds: Conversations After the Election, on Friday, February 3rd. The goal of these conversations is to think productively about how the Department of Philosophy community can reach out beyond the classroom by deploying the tools, skills, and the content of philosophy to grapple with pressing social issues. The second topic, “Facts and Fake News” was led by Amanda Hornby, Head... Read more
Lecture
The Program on Values in Society is involved in helping organize a number of exciting talks, workshop and events. Below is a brief list of some of the upcoming events.  March 10th, 1:30-2:30pm #Philosophy Responds: Conversations After the Election - Civil Disobedience. Speakers: Bill Talbott, Sam Sumpter, Lydia Ramirez. More details available ... Read more
Hate Speech and Slurs
The Department of Philosophy hosted the first discussion in our series #philosophyresponds: Conversations After the Election on Friday, January 20th. The goal of these conversations is to think productively about how the Department of Philosophy community can reach out beyond the classroom by deploying the tools, skills, and content of philosophy to grapple with pressing social issues. The first topic, “Hate Speech and Slurs,” was led by Professor Luvell Anderson of... Read more
Spinoza
The Stroum Center for Jewish Studies will be hosting the two day Conference “Spinoza and Modern Jewish Philosophy Conference” on May 21 and 22, 2017. This international conference aims to explore the myriad ways in which Spinoza contributed to the development of modern Jewish philosophy. Although Spinoza was banned from the Jewish community in 1656 due to his “abominable heresies,” posterity has... Read more
Tim Brown
Congratulations to philosophy graduate student Tim Brown, who has been selected as one of the inaugural National Humanities Without Walls PreDoctoral Fellows. The fellows receive a generous stipend to attend the 2017 Humanities Without Walls PreDoctoral Summer Workshop which will take place in Chicago for three weeks this summer. Humanities Without Walls (HWW) is an initiative by a consortium of humanities centers based in 15 research universities throughout the Midwest, which was launched with... Read more
Andrea Woody headshot
There are so many terrific things happening in this department!  As the new chair of the Philosophy Department, most of my time is spent facilitating all the great things members of this community are doing, many of which are discussed in this newsletter. Indeed, being more aware of all the things we do has been a joy of my first few months. Another aspect of my job is to think about our mission and how I can help this community thrive now and in the future. The Philosophy Department is... Read more
Elizabeth-Scarbrough-Philosophy PhD 2015
Elizabeth Scarbrough (PhD 2015) has recently joined the faculty at Florida International University as a permanent lecturer. Previously she taught at Portland State University, and while she is sad to leave the Pacific Northwest, she is enjoying the sunshine state. In her final years as a graduate student at the University of Washington, Elizabeth held the Soden-Trueblood Publishing Fellowship at the University of Washington Press, and worked as the director of the Department of Philosophy's... Read more

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