Philosophy and Film: WRISTCUTTERS

What: A student-led discussion about a movie. This month it’s a movie called Wristcutters.

When: Monday, Feb. 28

Where: Wehr Chemistry 121

Time: 7 p.m.

* There will be popcorn, and discussion, and an interesting film.*

If you have questions, please contact Jessica Adkins:



Call for Papers: Third Annual Marquette Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

It’s that time!

The Philosophy Department will be hosting its third annual celebration of undergraduate philosophical work at Marquette. A link to promotional materials for the conference is below, but here are the details in text format:

Submissions in all areas of philosophy are welcome. Submitted papers should have the author’s name omitted, be 8-12 pages long (20-25 minutes reading time), and should be sent to Melissa Shew:

Papers are due Thursday, March 10. They will be reviewed by a committee of undergraduate students on March 11; notifications will be sent to students shortly thereafter.

The conference will be held on Saturday, April 9 in Cudahy 001.

I encourage you to submit an essay to this conference, and to notify people you think might be interested.

Please direct all inquiries to Dr. Shew.

Undergrad Conference Flier

Ideas about ideas

Hi all,

Please post ideas for events/activities that you’d like to see happen in the Philosophy Department here.  We’re interested in ways to enhance our undergraduate philosophical community, so any and all ideas (respectfully, of course) are welcome.

Next semester, we will have our third annual undergraduate philosophy conference in April, so think about a submission for it.  Also, the Philosophy Club is going strong, meeting in a philosophical group (Cafe Philo) and holding Philosophy and Film activities.  If you have or want information about those activities, please post that information here.

Have a good break!

EMPOWERMENT events: On feminism and feminists

Here are some upcoming events of note at Marquette, sponsored by EMPOWERMENT and the WGST, involving some of our own Philosophy Department members.
Monday, 11/15: Feminism 101
7:30 pm in Cudahy 001
What is feminism? Who is a feminist? Where does it come from and who can be one? The students in Empowerment are hosting an event to answer these very questions, and more! We will have a quick student-led presentation followed by a discussion about feminism, based on whatever questions are raised.
Tuesday 11/16: ‘Doing’ Gender and Sexuality in the Family: Bringing theory home.
5:00 pm in Emory Clarke Hall 111
A panel and discussion with Marquette professors and students talking about the different ways a family can look, speaking from personal and academic experience. We study equality and justice at Marquette, and now we will look at some of the many different ways a family can look and work. From reworking gender roles to gay and lesbian partnership, Marquette professors will lead a discussion about gender and sexuality in everyday life.
Also, a WGST event that week:
Wednesday 11/17: Gender in ‘Twilight’: Is Twilight Sexist?
7:00 pm in David Straz Hall, Room 105
Watch clips from ‘Twilight’ (sorry, not enough time to view the whole movie) and discuss gender attitudes in the movie and book series, and what its popularity may mean.

Truth In Dialogue: “Last Lecture” by Melissa Shew

On behalf of Marquette’s Phi Sigma Tau chapter and Dr. Melissa Shew, I would love to remind you of your invitation to our exciting upcoming event:
At 5:30 pm on Thursday, November 11, 2010, in the Haggerty Museum of Art, Dr. Shew will be presenting her lecture, “Truth in Dialogue,” as the first of our 2010-2011 Last Lecture Series.
Discussion with Dr. Shew will follow the lecture at a small reception held in the Coughlin Commons.  Refreshments will be provided.
If you have any questions regarding this event, future events, or membership to Phi Sigma Tau, please do not hesitate to contact me at

Ethics opportunity for undergraduates

The 4th Annual Undergraduate Ethics Symposium
DePauw University — April 7-9, 2011

DePauw University invites you to take part in the Undergraduate Ethics Symposium at the Prindle Institute for Ethics, a center for interdisciplinary reflection on ethical issues. This symposium is an opportunity to engage in dialogue with leading scholars and professionals about today’s ethical concerns.
Although students may write about any ethical issue, this year we especially encourage submissions focusing on personal morality, as well as environmental ethics, bio-medical ethics, media ethics, feminist ethics, and diversity.  Students may submit an argumentative, interpretive or analytic essay or a creative piece. Accepted students’ work will be the primary focus of the symposium workshops.

• Participating students attend seminars with distinguished visiting scholars or professionals.
• Students’ travel (up to $400), lodging, and meals while at DePauw will be covered by the Institute
• Accepted work will be published.

• Deadline : February 1, 2011
• Submit to Linda Clute at
• All submissions should be electronic; texts should be MS Word, not pdf.
• Place name and collegiate affiliation on separate page.
• Guidelines:
▪         Argumentative, analytic and interpretive essays should be submitted in Chicago style with a 3,500 word limit.
▪         Fiction should also be submitted in Chicago style with a 3,500 word limit;  poets should submit 5-10 poems, not more than 10 pages total.
▪         Playwrights and screenwriters should submit a single work, up to 10 pages in length.
▪         Film makers and documentarians should submit a single work, up to 10 minutes long.
▪         Photographers should submit approximately 10 photographs or a video accompanied by a short description.

Notification: March 1, 2011

Speakers and Workshop Leaders
Robert G. Bottoms, President of Seabury Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, and President Emeritus of DePauw University
June Cross, Columbia University Professor, Award-winning Television and Documentary Producer, and Author of the Memoir, Secret Daughter: A Mixed-Race Daughter and the Mother Who Gave Her Away
A. Rafik Mohamed, Sociology Professor at Clayton State University, Author of Dorm Room Dealers:  Drugs and the Privileges of Race and Class
Alison Bailey, Philosophy Professor and Acting Director of Women’s Studies, Illinois State University, Editor of The Feminist Philosophy Reader

For additional information about the 2011 DePauw Undergraduate Ethics Symposium, or the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics, please visit or call 765.658.4075.

Upcoming talk for EVERYONE

Hi all,

The Seminar on Phenomenology and Hermeneutics is bring in a professor, Leonard Lawlor (the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Philosophy at Penn State University), to present a paper and discussion, “Further Questions: A Way Out of the Present Philosophical Situation,” that will discuss his most recent book (2010).  It will be a great opportunity for you to discuss ideas about the contemporary philosophical landscape with other undergraduates, but also with graduate students, faculty members, and our speaker.  This particular event is designed with you in mind, so we hope to see you there.

Here are the details:

Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 5:30

Raynor Conference Center A

(Raynor Library lower level)

Professor Lawlor will discuss his latest book on Early Twentieth Century Continental Philosophy: Toward the Outside in which he presents the conceptual features of the project of continental philosophy.

The event is free and open to the public.

The Seminar on Phenomenology and Hermeneutics is sponsored by the Way Klingler College of Arts & Sciences and the Mellon Fund.  For more information contact Dr. Pol Vandevelde, Department of Philosophy,

For more information, please contact Dr. Vandevelde: or visit the website:

Next Cafe Philo: UNDERGRADUATES ONLY! No profs allowed.

Again, I can’t seem to get the image pasted in this post.  However, check the link:  The next Cafe Philo, the undergraduate philosophy club, will be meeting this MONDAY.  I’ve heard that some people might come dressed as their favorite philosopher, so unless you come as the ever-fashionable Simone de Beauvoir, that means you should find your most ill-fitting and mismatching clothes and get ready for a discussion on art and aesthetics.  Seriously:

cafe philo

Should be an excellent time.  Feel free, as always, to post comments in this thread/on this blog to discuss ideas, opinions, and thoughts–philosophical and otherwise–about events at Marquette.  The department is here for you.


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