Dissertations Defenses 2015
Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Vincent and Dr. Joshua Dohmen, who successfully defended their dissertations this month. Sarah, whose dissertation is titled "Empathy's Significance for the Moral Status of Nonhuman Animals," is taking up a post-doc position at York University in Toronto this fall. Josh wrote a dissertation on epistemic injustice, Julia Kristeva, and disability; he is starting a position as Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock in August.
Professor Stephan Blatti to Serve as Interim Chair
Professor Stephan Blatti, Associate Professor and Director of the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities, will serve as Interim Chair of the Philosophy Department effective June 1. Professor Blatti, whose primary research interest is in metaphysics, joined the department in 2008. Since his arrival, he has served the Department as well as the University in many ways, including as Editor of the Southern Journal of Philosophy, Director of the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities, and affiliate faculty member of the Institute for Intelligent Systems.
The faculty, staff, and students of the Philosophy Department thank Professor Blatti for his service and leadership.
Professor Anderson Delivered Procter Memorial Lecture at Wellesley College
Professor Luvell Anderson delivered the Thomas Hayes Procter Memorial Lecture at Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA, on March 11. In his lecture, titled "Can White People Appreciate Rap?," Anderson argued that certain background experiences are necessary for appreciating particular cultural art forms.
Changing the Face of Philosophy
In the most recent newsletter of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Philosophy Department at the University of Memphis is recognized for its efforts to contribute to diversity in the profession. With the support of the University and the Graduate School, the Provost Predoctoral Diversity Awards for qualified students of underrepresented groups have been critical in the department's success. Having already graduated ten African American philosophers, the department is currently training six Black doctoral students, four Hispanic graduate students, as well as one Asian-American student.