Graduate News

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Rabenberg and Gura Sadovsky named Safra Graduate Fellows in Ethics

May 9, 2016

Michael Rabenberg and Ronni Gura Sadovsky will join the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics as Graduate Fellows for the 2016-2017 academic year. As part of their year-long fellowship, the two will take part in the Center's weekly seminar, which brings together graduate students working in areas of practical ethics from across the university. This coming year, in addition to doctoral candidates in Philosophy, the Center's list of Graduate Fellows includes students in Environmental Studies and Geography, Health Policy, Modern European History, Religion, Sociology, and Education. 


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Kate Vredenburgh receives Derek C Bok Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching of Undergraduates

April 14, 2016

Doctoral student Kate Vredenburgh has received one of the five Derek C Bok Awards for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching of Undergraduates awarded in 2016. This marks the second year in a row that a graduate student in the Department of Philosophy has won this prestigious award. The award includes a $1,000 prize from a gift given by David G. Nathan ’51, M.D. ’55 (Robert A. Stranahan Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School) and his wife Jean Louise Friedman Nathan.

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Paul Marcucilli receives Pforzheimer Summer Fellowship

April 12, 2016

Harvard Library recently announced that Paul Marcucilli will be one of five graduate students to receive a Pforzheimer Summer Fellowship for work on a library project this summer. Paul is the second graduate student from the Department of Philosophy to receive this fellowship, succeeding Olivia Bailey, who received it last year.

Now in its third year, the program aims "to provide an opportunity for graduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences to learn about possible careers in libraries and to discover new ways in which they could provide long-term benefits for the world of...

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Philosophy Graduate Students Receive Teaching Awards

March 30, 2016

Eight graduate students in the Department of Philosophy have received Certificates for Teaching Excellence from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard University. The students, and the courses for which they were awarded these certificates, are:

Rachel Achs (Phil 3)

Olivia Bailey (Phil 98)

Ewa Bigaj (EMR 17)

James Bondarchuk (Phil 97)

Lauren Davidson (Freshman Seminar 33F)

Sandy Diehl (Phil 34)

Lauren Kopajtic (Phil 98)

Ronni Sadovsky (Phil 179)

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Zoe Jenkin and Susanna Siegel co-edit special issue

March 24, 2016

Philosophy graduate student Zoe Jenkin and Edgar Pierce Professor of Philosophy Susanna Siegel have co-edited a special issue of The Review of Philosophy and Psychology.

The issue, which focuses on cognitive penetrability and addresses topics such as perceptual justification and implicit bias, contains contributions by philosophers and psychologists Gary Lupyan, Fiona Macpherson, Reginald Adams, Anya Farennikova, Jona Vance, Francisco Marchi, and Robert Cowan. In addition to co-editing the volume, Jenkins and Siegel also co-authored the introductory essay, "Cognitive...

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Olivia Bailey to participate in 2016 Virtue and Happiness Seminar

Olivia Bailey to participate in 2016 Virtue and Happiness Seminar

March 23, 2016

Philosophy graduate student Olivia Bailey will join twenty-five early career academics and advanced doctoral students for the June 2016 Summer Seminar in “Virtue and Happiness” offered by Virtue, Happiness, and the Meaning of Life and held at Moreau Seminary at the University of Notre Dame.

The seminar is supported by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation and one of the program’s institutional partners, the...

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Noel Dominguez interviewed for Colloquy magazine

March 23, 2016

What would Kant say are our duties towards aliens? Are we morally obligated, for example, to search for and make contact with extraterrestrial life if we can?

These are just some of the questions put to philosophy graduate student Noel Dominguez in the Fall 2015 issue of Colloquy, the magazine of The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. In addressing these questions, Dominguez turns not just to the work of Kant but to the Kantian inspired work of Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Philosophy Christine Korsgaard on the duties of humans toward non-...

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Céline Leboeuf accepts tenure-track position at FIU

March 10, 2016

Céline Leboeuf, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Philosophy, has accepted a tenure-track position in the philosophy department of Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, Florida. She will begin her new position in the fall of 2016.

In 2015, Leboeuf was selected as one of eight Harvard Horizons Scholars. This prestigious award recognizes students "whose ideas, innovations, and insights have the potential to reshape their disciplines."

Her dissertation, The Social Constitution of the Body, combines work in the phenomenological tradition, feminist...

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2016 Prize Announcements

2016 Prize Announcements

March 10, 2016

The Department of Philosophy is once again happy to announce its annual competition for the Francis Bowen Prize and the Bechtel Prize in Philosophy. These awards, given annually to a deserving undergraduate or graduate student for, respectively, the best essay in moral or political philosophy and the best essay on any philosophical topic, are made possible by generous gifts to the department.

This year the deadline for submission is April 25th at 5:00 PM. Interested undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply.

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Marc Gasser-Wingate awarded Adams Prize

November 10, 2015

The George Plimpton Adams Prize has been awarded to Marc Gasser-Wingate for his dissertation  “On Perception’s Role in Aristotle’s Epistemology” (May 2015). Gasser-Wingate joined the philosophy department at Boston University in 2015, where he is an assistant professor.