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Nancy Tuana coPI on $1.7 million grant from National Science Foundation

CNH-L: Visualizing Forest Futures Under Climate Uncertainty: Integrating Indigenous Knowledge into Decision-Support Tools for Collaborative Decision Making


This interdisciplinary research project will examine how human values and practices impact preferences about natural systems and influence the trade-offs made in decision making about forest resources and sustainability. The project will focus on two overarching themes: the importance of feedbacks in natural-human systems and the importance of value systems and customary practices that are not adequately captured by knowledge systems alone. It will provide new insights and information regarding how changes in forest ecosystem structure and function result in new relationships between humans and forest species and services as well as how forest-management practices influence ecosystems. The project also will advance understanding of the complex reciprocal relationships among values and practices, including traditional knowledge of indigenous people, and decision making by individuals and communities. Furthermore, the project will enhance understanding of the degree to which individuals and communities hold cultural, spiritual, ethical, and aesthetic values and engage in customary forests practices that are not adequately captured by conventional knowledge systems. Because the project's participants include the College of the Menominee Nation, the project will provide opportunities for Native American students to have education and training opportunities with respect to both basic research and to the use of innovative technologies, including virtual reality software and devices. Other education and training opportunities in the conduct of interdisciplinary science will be provided for graduate students and post-doctoral scholars. The project will promote collaborations among educators, scientists, and managers in the region and will inform ongoing environmental assessment activities focused on indigenous peoples and tribal knowledge. The project also will contribute to enhanced decision making for environmental change adaptation in tribal communities by providing clear routes by which values and relationships with forests can be embedded within state-of-the-art optimization procedures, and it will assist forest managers and community members in working together to evaluate trade-offs when making decisions.


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Ted Toadvine to join Philosophy department and become director of the Rock Ethics Institute

Ted Toadvine of the University of Oregon will assume the role of new director of the Rock Ethics Institute and professor of Philosophy beginning January 2017. We are thrilled that he will be joining our department, and that the Rock Ethics Institute will continue to grow under his leadership!

Read the full press release here!

Ted Toadvine


New Symposium: Kathryn Gines on Beauvoir

We are happy to announce a new Symposium on Kathryn Gines' article, "Comparative and Competing Frameworks of Oppression in Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex," with commentaries by Nancy Bauer, Sabine Broeck, Penelope Deutscher, and Stephanie Rivera Berruz, and a reply by Kathryn Gines.  Find it here.  Enjoy!


Professor Nicolas De Warren (KU Leuven University, Belgium) to join Philosophy Department in Fall 2017

Nicolas De Warren (KU Leuven University, Belgium) will join the Philosophy Department as an Associate Professor in the fall of 2017.

 “Having studied in Paris, Heidelberg, and Boston, I graduated with my PhD from Boston University in 2001. I have written more than 60 articles, most recently published an edited volume on Neo-Kantianism, and my book on Husserl and the problem of time will appear in Italian translation this year. In 2013 I was the recipient of a European Research Council grant for a project on the impact of the First World War on 20th-century philosophy. I am currently writing two books: one on evil and forgiveness, the other on German Kriegsphilosophie during the First World War."

We look forward to welcoming our new colleague next Fall!

Dr. Michael Burroughs Receives National Recognition

Dr. Michael D. Burroughs , Associate Director of the Rock Ethics Institute and Senior Lecturer of Philosophy at Penn State University,  has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend the Moral Psychology and Education Summer Institute, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  The Endowment is a federal agency that, each summer, supports these enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities, and cultural institutions, so that faculty can work in collaboration and study with experts in humanities disciplines.

Dr. Burroughs will participate in the summer institute entitled "Moral Psychology and Education: Putting the Humanities to Work."  The four-week program will be held at Grand Valley State University and co-directed by Dr. Deborah Mower, professor of philosophy and religion at Youngstown State University and Dr. Phyllis Vandenberg, professor of philosophy at Grand Valley State University.

Topics for the 23 seminars and institutes offered for college and university teachers this summer include Alexis de Tocqueville and American Democracy; American Maritime History; Beowulf and Old Norse-Icelandic Literature; Chaucer's Canterbury Tales; The Commonplace Book and Its American Descendants; Confucian Asia; Ernest J. Gaines and the Southern Experience; The History of Political Economy; The Land Ethic, Sustainability, and the Humanities; Mapping, Text, and Travel; Modern Mongolia; Moral Psychology and Education; Native American Histories and the Land; The Ottoman Empire, Europe, and the Mediterranean World, 1500-1800; Presuppositions and Perception; Problems in the Study of Religion; Religion, Secularism, and the English Novel, 1719-1897; Teaching the Reformation; Tokyo: High City and Low City; Urban Arts in Africa and the African Diaspora; Veterans in American Society; The Visual Culture of the Civil War and Reconstruction; Westward Expansion and the Constitution

The approximately 521 NEH Summer Scholars who participate in these programs of study will teach over 91,175 American students the following year.