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Department Information

Office Contact:

Philosophy Office: CB 507

Humanities Office: CB 211H

Phone: 801-863-8352

Mailstop 173

Advisement:

Advisor: Erin Donahoe-Rankin

Email: donahoer@uvu.edu

For Appointments 801-863-8352

Phone: 801-863-6717

Office: CB 506H

Administration:

Department Chair: Pierre Lamarche

Associate Chair: Dennis Potter

Humanities Director: Sam Liang

Upcoming Events

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Ethics Awareness Week

SEPTEMBER 26–30, 2016

UVU classroom building 511

Mad Scientist Film Night: F. W. Murnau's Faust

september 27, 2016 • 5:30–8:00 PM

UVU CLASSROOM BUILDING 106A

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

October 6–8, 2016

Salt Lake Marriott at City Creek

Happenings in Humanities

October 7, 2016 • 7:00–8:00 PM

UVU Student Center 213a/b

Tani Barlow Lecture: Advertising China

OCTOBER 11, 2016 • 10:00–11:00 AM

UVU LIBRARY AUDITORIUM 120

Workshop on the Philosophy of Games

OCTOBER 14–15, 2016

UVU Classroom Building 510

University of utah Tanner Humanities Building 459

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2016 Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy Conference

October 20–22, 2016

Hilton Salt Lake City Center

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Past Events

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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

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News

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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Welcome to Thomas Bretz

The Philosophy & Humanities Department is delighted to announce that Dr. Thomas Bretz will be joining the faculty in Fall 2016 as Assistant Professor of Philosophy. Dr. Bretz works on Environmental Philosophy, Phenomenology, Feminist Theory, and Derrida. Welcome to UVU, Dr. Bretz!

Thomas Bretz

2016 Ph.D. Placements

The Department of Philosophy & Humanities is pleased to announce that four of our graduates will be entering Ph.D. programs in the fall of 2016:

  • Kris McLain, BA 2016, will be entering the Philosophy Ph.D. program at Pennsylvania State University.
  • Jeffery Pannekoek, BA 2014, MA 2016 Colorado State University, will be entering the Philosophy Ph.D. program at the University of Tennessee.
  • Jason Sayre, BA 2015, will be entering the Philosophy Ph.D. program at Oklahoma State University.
  • Betty Stoneman, BA 2015, will be entering the Philosophy Ph.D. program at Emory University.

This reflects and bolsters our departmental record of placing our graduates into quality, nationally-ranked graduate programs. Congratulations Kris, Jeffery, Jason, and Betty!

Eric Stencil in Print

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Eric Stencil, who has two papers forthcoming:“MALEBRANCHE ON THE METAPHYSICS AND EPISTEMOLOGY OF PARTICULAR VOLITIONS” (with Julie Walsh) in vol. 54, no. 2 (2016) of the Journal of the History of Philosophy; and "ARNAULD, POWER, AND THE FALLIBILITY OF INFALLIBLE DETERMINATION" (with Julie Walsh) in History of Philosophy Quarterly.These come on the heels of the recent publication of his paper “POSSIBILITY AND ESSENCE IN THE LEIBNIZ-ARNAULD CORRESPONDENCE” in Pacific Philosophical Quarterly.

Ethan Johnson Grant

Philosophy major Ethan Johnson has received an Undergraduate Research Scholarly and Creative Activities Grant to assist Professor Shannon Mussett with research for an upcoming book project. The grant was awarded by The Scholarly and Creative Activities Council at UVU, which works to guide, support, facilitate, and advocate for research and scholarly activities across campus. Congratulations, Ethan!

Cori Evensen Presentation

Philosophy major Cori Evensen will be presenting her paper “Defending Infinity” at the Second Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference at Southern Utah University on February 6th, 2016.

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