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John Christman named inaugural director of the Penn State Humanities Institute

John Christman, Penn State professor of philosophy, political science, and women’s studies, has been named the inaugural director of the Penn State Humanities Institute. Christman’s appointment is effective July 1, which also will be the institute’s first day of operations.

Read more about the appointment here

Talk by Vincent Colapieto voted "Top Ten" at Night of Philosophy event in NYC

The Village Voice voted Vincent Colapietro's talk, titled "The Uses of Forgetting and the Imperative of Remembering", into the Top Ten talks of the 12-hour, 36 speaker event "Night of Philosophy" in New York City.

Read more about the event here, and about Vincent's talk here. Congratulations, Vincent!

William Paris and Edward O'Byrn receive outstanding teaching award

William Paris and Edward O'Byrn have both been selected as recipients of the Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award for 2016-17. Please join us in congratulating them on this honor!

Sarah Clark Miller to serve as NEH visiting scholar

Sarah Clark Miller will serve as a visiting scholar for “Diverse Philosophical Approaches to Sexual Violence,” a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute to be held at Elon University June 18-30, 2017.


Ann J. Cahill will direct the institute, which will address ke

y questions focusing on the meanings of sexual violence, the nature of the harms it imposes, the difference between sexual violence and other sexual acts, and individual and collective responsibilities to respond to sexual violence. The institute will include themes such as embodiment and vulnerability; consent and its limits; the role of the state; power, inequality, and justice; and globalism, localism, and difference.


“Informed by a wide spectrum of philosophical approaches, this institute aims not only to prompt deep, wide, and meaningful discourse in the moment, but to build the knowledge base and analytical approaches of the future.”1


The application deadline is March 1, 2017.

PSU Philosophy Department wins $800,000 grant from Mellon Foundation to expand and enhance diversity initiatives

The Philosophy Department has won a $800,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help advance efforts related to underrepresented students. Click here to read more!