August 7, 2015

It is mid summer and the campus is quiet. Teaching for the spring term is done, and students are in the midst of exams. Best of luck to all of our students who are writing.

Despite the stillness of summer, there are still things going on in the philosophy department.

First things first, a big welcome to Dr. Jacqueline Feke, who joined the department on August 1st.

Dr. Feke comes to us from the University of Chicago where she was a Harper-Schmidt Fellow and Collegiate Assistant Professor. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, where her focus was on the history and philosophy of science and technology. She then went on to do postdocs at Stanford University and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.

Dr. Feke’s research focuses on the philosophy and rhetoric of Greco-Roman mathematicians, and has a book forthcoming about Ptolomy’s views on the relationship between physics, mathematics and philosophy.

Dave DeVidi, the Chair of the Philosophy Department, sends out the following message:

“I am thrilled to be able to say that Jackie Feke is officially on board as the newest faculty member in the department, and she’s now in town and around the department. Her arrival is a boon for the department. Her appointment ensures the philosophy department’s continued ability to teach core courses in the history of ancient philosophy, reinforces its research strengths in philosophy of mathematics and philosophy of science, and creates opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration with several other academic units on campus. In addition to this, it is clear to me that Jackie will be an excellent teacher dedicated to the success of her students, a willing contributor to the department, and a whole lot of fun to have around. Welcome Jackie…we’re lucky to have you!”

The department is very excited to have Jacqueline come aboard.

The department is also very excited to announce a new position for Women’s Studies and Philosophy. The department is currently receiving applications. The position will commence on July 1, 2016.

In other news, Shannon Dea recently did three radio interviews. The first interview was for a 570News phone-in show on topless female cyclists harassed by police. You can listen to the interview here: http://www.570news.com/2015/07/28/tuesday-july-28th-2015-10am/

The second interview was for a SiriusXM National Post Radio show on New York Magazine’s cover featuring Cosby sexual assault accusers. The interview can be heard here: http://cl.ly/3A3W0z2P2z15?_ga=1.129283340.1296632379.1438110897

The third interview was for a 570News phone-in show on sexually explicit feminist art on display at Queen’s Park. The link: http://www.570news.com/2015/07/17/friday-july-17th-2015-10am/

Last but not least, our grad students continue to contribute to their respective fields of expertise.

Andria Bianchi recently presented a paper titled, “Autonomy, Sexuality, and Intellectual Disability” at the North American Society for Social Philosophy conference in Missouri (July 16-18).

Ramesh Prasad’s paper titled, “A moral dilemma argument against clinical trials of incentives for kidney donation” was recently published in the journal Transplantation Research. Ramesh attributes inspiration for the project to Patricia Marino’s recent course on moral dilemmas.

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