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Philosophy Undergrad Named National Player of the Week

Washington Picks Up Pair of Weekly Honors

Senior Haleigh Washington was named Sports Impact / AVCA National Player of the Week and Big Ten Player of the Week for her performance this past weekend


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; Sept. 5, 2017 – Senior Haleigh Washington (Colorado Springs, Co.) was named both the Sports Imports/American Volleyball Coaches Association National Player of the Week and the Big Ten Player of the Week for the first time this season on Tuesday morning, as announced by the AVCA and the Big Ten Conference office.

Washington was dominant on the weekend, continuing to be a consistent presence for the Nittany Lions. She finished with a weekend total of 22 kills on a clip of .435, adding 13 blocks, four digs, and an ace.  She was named ‘Best Blocker’ of the Texas A&M Tournament.

Washington put away 10 kills on a .625 hitting percentage against Stanford, adding a match-best seven blocks, helping the Nittany Lions out-block one of the top blocking teams in the nation, 12.0-7.0.

Against Texas A&M, she tallied 12 kills on a clip of .417, adding six blocks. Washington was instrumental in closing out the key third set against the Aggies, as she put away seven kills on all seven of her attack attempts.

This marks the sixth career Big Ten weekly honor for Washington. In her freshman season, she earned Big Ten Player of the Week once (11/3/14), and picked up Player of the Week honors (9/7/15, 9/21, 9/28, 10/26, 11/23) in her sophomore season. The national honor is the first of Washington’s career.

Penn State heads to Champagne, Ill., for the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge this coming weekend. The Nittany Lions will open with a bout against Colorado at 5:30 p.m. ET, and they will meet up again with No. 4 Stanford on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET.

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Professor published in the Los Angeles Review of Books

Philosophy professor Eduardo Mendieta has been published in the Los Angeles Review of Books!  His piece is titled, "Rorty and Post-Post-Truth".  To read more, click here.

Congratulations Eduardo!

Associate Professor Mariana Ortega to join Philosophy Department in January 2018

Mariana Ortega will be joining us in January 2018 as Associate Professor of Philosophy and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.  Prof. Ortega is currently on the faculty at John Carroll University; she is the author of In-Between: Latina Feminist Phenomenology, Multiplicity, and the Self and the director of the Latina Feminism Roundtable.

Prof. Ortega writes: "Existential phenomenological concerns have always been at the heart of my work.  Whether I am thinking about the intersection of various social identities and power structures or the way in which visual representations of those identities are deployed in support of projects aimed at further othering those at the margins, I engage questions of existence and lived experience—not in order to reify such experience but to learn how it can inform and improve our philosophical investigations.  My recent book, In Between: Latina Feminist Phenomenology, Multiplicity, and the Self, presents a theory of multiplicitous selfhood informed by both women of color theorizing, in particular Latina feminisms, and Heideggerian phenomenology.

I have also just begun a new book project that examines questions at the intersection between visuality, practices of othering in connection to race and sexuality, and ignorance. I aim at developing a notion of “aesthetic ignorance” that stands to contribute to current discussions on the epistemology of ignorance."

We look forward to welcoming Mariana next January!

Inaugural Mellon Postdoctoral Scholar Céline Leboef to join Philosophy Department in Fall 2017

Céline Leboeuf will be the inaugural Mellon postdoctoral scholar for the 2017-2018 academic year.  Prof. Leboeuf received her PhD from Harvard in 2016 and is currently an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Florida International University.

"At Pennsylvania State University, I will pursue a project concerning the ways in which members of privileged racial groups can transform bodily habits that marginalize members of minority racial groups," says Prof. Leboeuf.

We look forward to Céline joining us next year!

Humanities Without Walls- Graduate Fellowship Accepted

The department of Philosophy would like to congratulate Romy Opperman, Ph.D. student, for being accepted for the Fall 2017 Humanities Without Walls- Graduate Fellowship!  Her application is believed to contribute greatly to the Legacies of the Enlightenment project.

The Humanities Without Walls research project on the "Legacies of the Enlightenment" analyzes how the Enlightenment has come to inform our current concept of humanity and the interrelation of human and non-human. The period of the Enlightenment was a time when the boundaries separating organic and inorganic materials were beginning to crumble. This can be seen in the materialist-oriented work of philosophers such as Baruch Spinoza, John Locke, and Denis Diderot. Material philosophy, which focuses on the breaking down of matter into its most basic elements, continues to inform the ways we understand the coexistence of nature and humans in the anthropocene.