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Welcome to the Department of Philosophy & Humanities

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Department Information

Office Contact:

Philosophy Office: CB 507

Humanities Office: CB 211H

Phone: 801-863-8352

Mailstop 173


Advisor: Kindra Amott

Email:  kindra.amott@uvu.edu

For Appointments 801-863-8352

Phone: 801-863-6717

Office: CB 506H


Department Chair: Pierre Lamarche

Associate Chair: Kelli D. Potter

Humanities Director: Sam Liang

Upcoming Events

Happenings in Humanities: Jenkyns Powell

March 9, 2017 • 7:00–8:30 PM


G. Lawrence Anderson UVU Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

March 13, 2017

UVU Fulton Library timpanogos Room

Lecture: Maureen Eckert on Feminist Logic

MARCH 14, 2017 • 10 AM–NOON


2017 Humanities Symposium

march 15–16, 2017

UVU Fulton Library 120

Contours of Knowledge: An Interdisciplinary Conference

March 28, 2017

uvu Science Building Atrium & Student Center 206 B/c



Past Events



Globalism and You: The Crisis of Neoliberalism

MARCH 7–9, 2017

Ramy Adly Lecture and Oud Performance

MARCH 1, 2017

Philosophy Colloquium: Eric Stencil, "Malebranche on Occasionalism"

FEBRUARY 24, 2017

Thinking of Graduate School in Philosophy?: Q&A Session

November 30, 2016

Interreligious Engagement in a Global Context

NOVEMBER 16, 2016

Responding in Utah to the Global Refugee Crisis

NOVEMBER 12, 2016

2016 Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy Conference

OCTOBER 20–22, 2016

The Task of Thinking: Heidegger, Wonder, & Philosophy

OCTOBER 19, 2016

Visiting Scholar Seminar Series on Inclusivity: Engaged Learning in Philosophy

OCTOBER 19 & 24, 2016

Workshop on the Philosophy of Games

OCTOBER 14–15, 2016

Tani Barlow Lecture: Advertising China

OCTOBER 11, 2016

18th International Conference on Ethics Across the Curriculum: Social Justice & Bioethics 

OCTOBER 6–8, 2016

Ethics Awareness Week

SEPTEMBER 26–30, 2016

2016 J. Bonner Ritchie Dialogue on Peace & Justice Conference: Women, War, and PEACEbuilding

March 23–25, 2016

Utah Valley University Humanities Symposium

March 23-24, 2016

Utah Valley University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

March 2, 2016

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Moral Responsibility Conference

March 26–27, 2015



Melvin Davila Martinez Presentations

Philosophy major Melvin Davila Martinez will be presenting his paper, "Dissolving Harrop's Semantic Paradox Concerning Moral Error Theory," at three upcoming conferences: the Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research, the 2017 SUU Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, and the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Our Department is highly committed to fostering undergraduate research and engaged learning experiences, and we encourage everyone to attend the presentations. Congratulations, Melvin!

Call for Papers

We are happy to have two new calls for papers out for undergraduate students. The first is for our undergraduate philosophy journal, Sophia, with papers due February 3rd. The second is for the G. Lawrence Anderson UVU Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, with papers due February 15th. Please submit!


SUMMIT: The Sustainable Mountain Development and Conflict Transformation Global Knowledge and Action Network is an NGO founded and directed by our department member, Dr. Michael Minch. SUMMIT has now officially launched, and is building the world’s largest database regarding sustainable development and conflict transformation/peacebuilding. In addition, the SUMMIT Knowledge and Action Network is developing SUMMIT Research, Development, and Peacebuilding Centers (with associated projects) on the ground in West Africa, Haiti, the Balkans, and elsewhere. For more information, please visit the SUMMIT website.

Welcome to Kindra Amott

The Philosophy & Humanities Department is pleased and excited to announce that Kindra Amott has joined us in the capacity of Academic Advisor, moving over from her former role as Advisor for the Department of Languages & Cultures. Having previously worked as an Administrator for our Department, she knows it inside and out, and is supremely qualified for and committed to ensuring the success of our students. Welcome back, Kindra!

Sam Liang in Print

Associate Professor Samuel Y. Liang's recent book, Remaking China's Great Cities, has received attention in major media outlets in the past months. Articles published by CNN and The New York Times have both mentioned Dr. Liang's work. Be sure to check them out!

Spiraling the Spiral Jetty

As part of a core emphasis on engaged learning at UVU, Senior Artist in Residence Alex Caldiero, Lecturer Jorgen Hansen, and Honors Program Coordinator Tiffany Nez organized an outing to Robert Smithson's legendary earthwork, Spiral Jetty, and the Great Salt Lake as part of the Honors Ethics and Values, and Environmental Humanities courses. The students not only studied and engaged with the cultural and environmental significance of Spiral Jetty and the Great Salt Lake, but participated in a performance written and choreographed by Alex Caldiero, and produced as a film by Jordan Goodrich! Here is the finished product:

Laura Guerrero Fellowship

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Laura Guerrero for being awarded a Presidential Fellowship for Faculty Research. This marks the second year in a row one of our faculty members has received the Fellowship, with Assistant Professor Eric Stencil being awarded in 2015.

Brian Birch Fellowship

Professor Brian Birch was recently named as the first fellow in the Marlin K. Jensen Scholar and Artist in Residence Program by The Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah as part of its Mormon Studies initiative. More information about Dr. Birch's appointment can be found HERE. Congratulations to Dr. Birch!

Elaine Englehardt in Print

Distinguished Professor Elaine Englehardt's paper "Ethics Across the Curriculum: Prospects for Broader (and Deeper) Teaching and Learning in Research and Engineering Ethics" was recently published in the journal Science and Engineering Ethics. The paper builds on her longstanding and excellent work with the Ethics Across the Curriculum (EAC) initiative here at UVU, which eventually precipitated not only EAC as a scholarly movement, but also the associated Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum.


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