CWUNews FeedNews Feed of the Year Barbecue, 28 May 2015 14:47:44<p>The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies will hold a end-of-the-year barbecue on Thursday, June 4 from 5-7 PM. Faculty, majors, minors, emeritus faculty, family, and friends of the department are welcome to attend.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Thursday, June 4, 2015</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>5:00-7:00 PM</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>650 Roadrunner Lane</strong></p><p>Directions: Follow Main St. south toward McDonalds. Turn right on Umptanum Rd. Immediately after you cross the river (about 1.25 miles) turn right onto Brown Rd. After about .5 miles Brown Rd. will make a hard right turn. Take the first right onto Roadrunner Ln. - which is a gravel driveway. The house is at the end of the driveway (about .5 miles) on the right. Please watch for dogs when coming down the driveway.</p><p><a href="/philosophy/sites/" target="_blank">2015 BBQ Flyer</a></p></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;">2015 Distinguished Professor of Service - Dr. Cynthia Coe, 19 May 2015 09:44:39<p><img alt="" src="/philosophy/sites/" style="height: 250px; width: 199px; margin-left: 7px; margin-right: 7px; float: left;">The designation of Distinguished Professor is the highest award attainable at Central Washington University and represents the highest level of performance. Each year, nominations are sought in four categories—teaching, service, and research/creative expression for tenured professors, and a non-tenure track distinguished faculty award for teaching.</p><p>Dr. Coe was honored for “her outstanding contribution of expertise, time, an commitment to the welfare of individuals and groups in the CWU community and beyond.” She has served on numerous committees both within her department and throughout the university. During her seven years as director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program, she has tripled the number of students through recruiting, marketing, and outreach efforts. She has organized numerous events to celebrate Women’s History Month, and has nurtured collaborations with academics and activists from other universities and organizations, faculty and student panels, and faculty and student exhibits.&nbsp; She has formed partnerships with the Wellness Center, the Center for Diversity and Social Justice, and the Ellensburg School District. She has served on the General Education Committee for eight years and was advisor for Phi Sigma Tau, the philosophy honors society for seven years. According to her colleagues “her commitment of time to the CWU and Ellensburg community stands as a model for others.”</p><p>Distinguished professors will be recognized at the Honors Convocation on June 12.</p>Colloquium - Dr. Michael Fletcher, Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 5:00 PM, Black 152, 08 May 2015 11:10:54<p>On Wednesday, May 13 at 5:00 PM in Black 152, Dr. Michael Fletcher will give a talk titled:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><em>“The Incoherence of Buddhism: A Tourist’s Guide”</em></p><p>Buddhism makes a number of initially alarming metaphysical claims, one of which is that persons do not exist.&nbsp; This would seem to make the Buddhist an anti-realist about persons. But that’s not all. Buddhism is not only a body of doctrines but also a religious practice, one guided by its own distinctive normative ethic. Buddhist ethics is in large part a moral response to the existence of suffering. But can Buddhism coherently claim on the one hand to be a normative practice, one that recognizes the moral significance of suffering, while on the other claim that, whatever else may be true of our world, ours is not a world containing persons?</p><p>All are welcome to attend!</p><p>For more information, contact</p><p><a href="/philosophy/sites/" target="_blank">Fletcher Colloquium Flyer</a></p></p style="text-align: center;">Congratulations Department Faculty and Students!, 07 May 2015 10:22:29<p>During the College of Arts &amp; Humanities awards ceremony on May 6, 2015, department faculty and students won as many awards as any other department, and more than most. Please congratulate the following winners:</p><ul><li>Dr. Gary Bartlett: Outstanding Faculty Research Award</li><li>Riley Schmit: Raymond Smith Award for Achievement in Scholarship</li><li>Jim Briggs: Marji Morgan Outstanding Student Award</li><li>Dr. Matt Altman: Outstanding Chair Award</li></ul><p>It was a great celebration, and just a small indication of the wonderful work that our Philosophy &amp; Religious Studies students and faculty are doing here at Central. If you have confetti in your pocket, now is the time to throw it.</p>Colloquium CAPS Panel Discussion - Saturday, April 25, 2015, 4:00 PM, SURC 301, 17 Apr 2015 12:53:42<p>On Saturday, April 25 at 4 PM in SURC 301, you are invited to a discussion with CWU philosophy alums and professors on the topic of "childism," a word coined by Elisabeth Young-Bruehl to describe pervasive prejudice against children in contemporary American society. She argues that this prejudice justifies and normalizes not only overt and familial forms of child abuse and neglect, but also our collective toleration of child poverty, how juveniles are treated in the criminal system, and lack of access to high-quality childcare and education.</p><p><a href="/philosophy/sites/" target="_blank">Childism ch 4.pdf</a><br><a href="/philosophy/sites/" target="_blank">Colloquium CAPS Panel Discussion.pdf</a></p></br>Dr. Heather White, New College of Florida - Thursday, February 5, 2015, 3:00 PM, Shaw-Smyser 209, 04 Feb 2015 12:18:02<p>On Thursday, February 5 at 3 PM in Shaw-Smyser 209, Dr. Heather White will give the following presentation:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>How the Bible Came to Speak about Homosexuality</strong></p><p>American Bible translations, over the course of the twentieth century, became increasingly pointed in their prohibitions against same-sex sexuality. This talk traces the ways that distinctly Protestant ways of reading, interpreting, and translating the Bible have helped to inscribe modern therapeutic views of sexuality into the text itself. This attention to a changing Bible show how Christians played an active role in adopting and ratifying new views of sexuality, even as they have also reinforced the perceived divide between the religious and the secular.</p><p><a href="/philosophy/sites/" target="_blank">White Flyer</a></p></p style="text-align: center;">Dr. Deanna Ferree Womack, Princeton Theological Seminary - Monday, February 2, 2015, 3:00 PM, Shaw 107, 29 Jan 2015 16:48:31<p>On Monday, February 2 at 3 PM in Shaw 107, Dr. Deanna Ferree Womack will give the following presentation:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Religion, Gender, and Other Arab Springs: Syrian Christian Women in the Arabic Renaissance, 1860-1915</strong></p><p>This presentation locates the recent "Arab Spring" in the long history of socio-cultural and religious movements in the Middle East in which women and religious minorities played significant roles. It compares the work of Syrian Christian women activists and writers to that of their Muslim and Jewish contemporaries during the Arab Renaissance of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.</p><p><a href="/philosophy/sites/" target="_blank">Womack Flyer</a></p></p style="text-align: center;">Dr. Lily Vuong, Valdosta State University - Monday, January 26, 2015, 3:00 PM, SHAW 107, 23 Jan 2015 09:38:54<p>On Monday, January 26 at 3 PM in Shaw 107, Dr. Lily Vuong will give the following presentation: Re-Envisioning the Virgin: The Portrayal of Mary in the<em> Protevangelium of James and the History of the Blessed Virgin Mary</em></p><p>In the second-century apocryphal narrative, the <em>Protevangelium of James</em>, Mary the mother of Jesus takes center stage. Unlike the canonical gospels of Matthew and Luke, this text extends the birth account back to Mary’s own birth and childhood and presents her as an extraordinary woman suited for the role of mother of God. In the Syriac <em>History of the Blessed Virgin Mary</em>, an account of the <em>Protevangelium</em> is reproduced, but its depiction of Mary is strikingly ordinary. The following talk offers some insights into this shift in portrayal and to the reception history of the <em>Protevangelium of James</em>.</p>Fall Colloquium and Student-Faculty Mixer, 20 Oct 2014 15:27:43<p>Please join us for the first colloquium of the year on Wednesday, October 22, followed by the Student-Faculty Mixer.<br><br><strong>WHAT:</strong> Fall Colloquium and Student-Faculty Mixer</p><p><strong>WHERE:</strong> L&amp;L 343, 3rd Floor L&amp;L</p><p><strong>WHEN:</strong> Colloquium – 4:00-5:00 PM, Student-Faculty Mixer – 5:00-6:30 PM<br><br><strong>DATE:</strong> Wednesday, October 22</p><p>Dr. Altman is giving a talk titled “Is the Death Penalty Unconstitutional?” in L&amp;L 343 from 4:00-5:00 PM. Dr. Altman writes, “Earlier this year, a District Court judge in California ruled that the death penalty is unconstitutional because of the length of time that inmates spend on death row, uncertain of when or whether they will be executed. Thus, he claimed, the death penalty is applied arbitrarily, does not serve the aims of deterrence or retribution, and is unnecessary and cruel. In this talk, I will explain why the kind of arbitrariness surrounding the death penalty in California does not in fact violate the Eighth Amendment. Instead, there are other, better arguments for why capital punishment is morally wrong and legally impermissible.”</p><p>The colloquium is followed by the Student-Faculty mixer on the 3rd Floor of L&amp;L from 5:00-6:30 PM. Join us for pizza, pop, and conversation!</p><p>Hope to see you there!</p></br></br></br></br>66th Annual Northwest Philosophy Conference - November 7-8, 2014, 30 Sep 2014 12:13:34<p>The 66th Annual Northwest Philosophy Conference is being hosted by Central Washington University's Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. The conference begins on Friday, November 7 with a social, followed by the conference banquet and keynote address by Dr. Linda Martín Alcoff (Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center). Paper presentations will begin at 8:40 AM on Saturday, November 8.</p>