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Graduate Student Chosen as Winner of 2017 CSCP Essay Prize!

Tiffany Tsantsoulas, Philosophy Graduate Student and Ph.D. Candidate's paper "From Anonymous Bodies to Demonic Grounds: Sylvia Wynter's Decolonial Rejoinder to Judith Butler's Ethics of Vulnerability" was chosen as the winner of the 2017 CSCP/SCPC Graduate Student Essay Prize (Canadian Society of Continental Philosophy).


Congratulations Tiffany!!

Professor Featured in "On Race:34 Conversations in a Time of Crisis" by George Yancy

Prof. Mendieta's conversation on postrace and Latinos with philosopher George Yancy has appeared in George Yancy's On Race: 34 Conversations in a Time of Crisis(New York: Oxford University Press, 2017)

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!