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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!

Eduardo Mendieta awarded 2016 Frantz Fanon Outstanding Achievement Award from Caribbean Philosophical Association

Eduardo Mendieta has been awarded the 2016 Frantz Fanon Outstanding Achievement Award from the Caribbean Philosophical Association.

The award is given to “young senior scholar or public intellectual of high repute and global impact in areas of thought and institutional development in the spirit of Frantz Fanon’s revolutionary humanism.”

 Neil Roberts, the President of the Caribbean Philosophical Association, said this of Dr. Mendieta: “Eduardo Mendieta is a prolific thinker working at the intersections of political philosophy and Latin American thought. His prodigious scholarship has contributed to redefining the very nature of critical theory and the intellectual traditions we associate it with. Furthermore, Mendieta’s writings in English and Spanish surrounding critical race theory, prison abolitionism, urbanism, and the philosophy of liberation are ones Fanon would have been proud of. We are delighted at his accomplishments hitherto and look forward to his many future books and endeavors in the upcoming years.”

 Please join us in congratulating Eduardo!

Philosophy Major Haleigh Washington Named Academic All-America

Washington Named Academic All-America

Junior makes second Academic All-America selection with third team appearance


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.  – For the second straight season, junior middle blocker Haleigh Washington has garnered College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America honors, as the organization announced on Thursday morning. After earning second team honors in 2015, Washington earned her second career Academic All-America honors this season, being named to the third team.


Washington continues to be one of the most consistent hitters in the college game, leading Penn State and the Big Ten while ranking second in the nation in hitting percentage with a startling .435 clip. The percentage is also the best among all players from Power Five institutions. Washington has led the team in blocks, posting 133 total while adding 281 total kills, good for second on the team. The Colorado Springs, Colorado native added 71 digs on the season and 24 service aces, good for second best on the team.


In the classroom, Washington boasts a 3.83 GPA while double majoring in philosophy and psychology.


Washington is joined on the third team by Wyoming’s Laura Beach, Kent State’s Kelsey Bittinger, Wisconsin’s Lauren Carlini, Temple’s Kyra Coundourides and Hofstra’s Hannah Clem. Washington is one of nine players on the three All-America teams to repeat as a selection on the 2016 squad.


For the full release, click here.

Eduardo Mendieta featured in The Conversation

A blog post from Eduardo Mendieta titled "Civility at the core of American democracy, whatever politicians say" was recently featured in The Conversation.

Read the whole post here!