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Dr. W. Clark Wolf receives award from American Philosophical Association
Dr. W. Clark Wolf, teaching assistant professor of philosophy in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, was awarded the 2022 Routledge, Taylor & Francis Prize by the American Philosophical Association. Read more here.

One Billion Exploding Seeds
Philosophy’s Associate Professor Dr. Stephanie Rivera Berruz and her class PHIL 3350 Philosophy & the Environment connected with the MKE River Revitalization Project to plant 100 trees as part of the international program One Billion Exploding Seeds (1BES) led by Dr. Xalli Zuniga, PhD. Student and Graduate Research Assistant at Penn State. 

Seth Kreeger awarded Fulbright Scholarship
Seth Kreeger is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to Belgium for the 2023-2024 academic year. While in Belgium he will be conducting research at KU Leuven into the Arabic philosophical background to the 13th century Medieval Latin West. His work is especially focused on the metaphysical thought of Thomas Aquinas and William of Auvergne, and their use of Ibn Sina (Avicenna). Seth earned his MA from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, California in 2018 and his BA from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2016.

Congratulations to Corena Smith
Corena Smith was accepted into Pennsylvania State University to complete a dual-title Ph.D. program in Philosophy and African American and Diaspora Studies. Smith is part of Philosophy's Accelerated Degree Program (ADP) taking classes that meet requirements for both undergraduate and graduate degrees. 

Daniel Collette publishes on Jacqueline Pascal
Daniel Collette’s article, coauthored with Dwight Lewis, Living by her laws: Jacqueline Pascal and women's autonomy was recently published in the European Journal of Philosophy. To Collette’s knowledge, this is the first philosophy article on Jacqueline Pascal's work. Congratulations Daniel! 

Philosophy and Religion in the Abrahamic Traditions
Richard C. Taylor is part of a team organizing an upcoming International Conference, Philosophy and Religion in the Abrahamic Traditions. The conference, organized by Aquinas and “the Arabs” International Working Group (AAIWG), takes place in Istanbul between May 29 and June 1 and is being hosted by the Marmara University Theology Faculty. This conference will be available online.  For more information.

Sarah Kizuk Honored with Shared Governance Award
Sarah Kizuk has been awarded with the Marquette AAUP (American Association of University Professors) Shared Governance Award. In her work with the Marquette Academic Workers Union, Sarah has demonstrated that shared governance, true shared governance, requires more than dialogues. More information

Congratulations Daniel Collette
Collette has been awarded a Summer Stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities to work on his book project—The Philosophical Writings of Blaise and Jacqueline Pascal.  The translation will contribute directly to his work on diversifying the philosophical canon to connect research with opportunities for classroom instruction. 

Ericka Tucker in Finland
Ericka will deliver Deliberation and Communication in Spinoza’s Theory of Democracy, part of the Moral and Political Philosophy Seminar Series at the University of Helsinki in Finland on June 4, 2023.She will also deliver Material Minds: Spinoza and the Other Descartes, Beyond Cartesian Minds at the University of Oulu in Finland on May 25-26, 2023.

Dr. Javiera Perez Gomez Honored with The Way Klingler Early Career Award 
Dr. Javiera Perez Gomez’s was honored with The Way Klingler Early Career Award that will support time for the completion of her first book, “The Moral and Epistemic Wrongs of Microaggressions.”
More information about the Distinguished Scholars Program.

Dr. Richard Taylor Honored
Dr. Richard Taylor is the recipient of an impressive Festschrift prepared in his honor: Contextualizing Premodern Philosophy: Explorations of the Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, and Latin Traditions (Routledge, 2023).


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17th Annual Marquette Summer Seminar on Aristotle and the Aristotelian Tradition(s)
Logos, Logic, and Metaphysics
June 19-21, 2023
Raynor Memorial Libraries, Beaumier Conference Suites
Registration not required for the Marquette community. More information here.
Questions? Please contact Owen Goldin

Philosophy Celebrates Commencement
Faculty, students, staff and family celebrated the graduating majors and graduate students on 5/16/2023 in the MU Hall Atriums>


Congratulations Philosophy Award Winners!

Francis X. Boden Award for excellence in Social and Political Philosophy
2023 Recipient: Shir Bloch
Arts & Sciences: Applied Mathematical Economics, Philosophy, and Political Science majors; University Comprehensive Honors

Rev. John Naus, S.J. Award for excellence in Ethics and Values
2023 Recipient: Maryn Schaefbauer
Arts & Sciences: Philosophy and Spanish majors; University Core Honors

James Robb Award for excellence in the History of Philosophy
2023 Recipient: Jianda Ni
Arts & Sciences: International Affairs and Philosophy majors

Philosophy Departmental Recognition
Camille Carlson
Sarah Hayden
Merrissa Kamke
Jacqueline Dixon

Book Launch: The Short End of the Sonnenallee
On April 13, Philosophy co-hosted a panel discussion, book signing, and reception with German author Thomas Brussig and award-winning American author Jonathan Franzen.
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AMUW Chair Dr. Mariana Ortega delivered the distinguished Eleanor H. Boheim Lecture
Philosophy, along with The Association of Marquette University Women (AMUW) and Marquette’s Center for the Advancement of the Humanities welcomed 2022-2023 AMUW Women’s Chair in Humanistic Studies for the Distinguished Boheim Lecture. Dr. Mariana Ortega is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Pennsylvania State University. Pictured top, Dr. Ortega fields questions during the Q&A; and pictured bottom, Philosophy's Stephanie Rivera Berruz, Co-Director of Race, Ethnic and Indigenous Studies (REIS) introduces Ortega. More information 


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