09 May 2011


Please mark your calendars for our annual Philosophy Department Picnic!
DATE:            Saturday, May14
TIME:             1:00 pm
PLACE:          Roundtop Park, Endicott, NY
Please bring a dish to pass and any “grillables” that you would like (e.g. hamburgers, hotdogs, veggie burgers, chicken, etc).  Paper products will be provided.

Workshop reminder

SPEL Workshop

"Internet Presence"*

Tue 10 May
LT 1210


*other topics possible, time permitting

07 May 2011

more congratulations

to Sean C. for defending his dissertation.  successfully.

06 May 2011


to Jess and Jessie for winning IASH fellowships

and to Lew for his future win of a Distinguished Dissertation Award

anything else?

03 May 2011


going up?



wait a minute, is the idea to use tuition increases for capital funding for upstate economic development?


some aspects may require legislative approval

update update:


does anyone even distinguish between SUNY and upstate economic development any more?

update update update:


02 May 2011

failure fail

great article on the NRC study


colloquium reminder

Alice MacLachlan
York University

"The Uses of Apology"

Thu 5 May
UUW 324

ha ha, just a metaphor

new social-political discovery: metaphors/non-analogies make everything ok

In New Hampshire Friday, Mitt Romney stumbled over a line about pinning the nation's melancholy on President Obama that found him scrambling to back away from a quote suggesting Republicans are going to "hang" Obama with America's problems in 2012.
"Uh, so to speak -- metaphorically," Romney quickly corrected, before adding, "you have to be careful these days, I've learned that." [link]

In a speech to New Hampshire Republicans, Bachmann recounted learning about a horrific time in history as a child -- the Holocaust -- and wondering if her mother did anything to stop it. She said she was shocked to hear that many Americans weren't aware that millions of Jews had died until after World War II ended.
Bachmann said the next generation will ask similar questions about what their elders did to prevent them from facing a huge tax burden.
"I tell you this story because I think in our day and time, there is no analogy to that horrific action," she said, referring to the Holocaust. "But only to say, we are seeing eclipsed in front of our eyes a similar death and a similar taking away. It is this disenfranchisement that I think we have to answer to." [link][also here]

This is clearly some sort of experiment based on this, but testing the limits of how far it can go.  And they've already reached the bottom.