29 December 2017

weird fake Kant quote

20 December 2017

Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching

Congratulations to Jenn Dum and Courtney Miller, who have each won a Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2017-18.


14 December 2017

Need more anti-trust, example

In 2016, Time Warner Cable was acquired by Charter Communications/Spectrum. With this acquisition, organizational changes implemented by Spectrum have had a negative impact on the Telecommunications off-campus internet program. Due to these changes, the Telecommunications off-campus internet program will only be available to those currently enrolled and receiving services. The program will not be offered as a service to new customers. Those interested in establishing a new internet subscription must contact Spectrum directly. For more information, contact the Telecommunications Office.

09 December 2017

Dissertation defense: Ann Johnson

Ann Johnson

Toward an Understanding of the Morality of Trauma: World Loss and the Issue of Freedom in Women's Experience of Violence

Monday, December 11th
LT 1210

28 November 2017

I-GMAP talk on Thursday

The Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention (I-GMAP)

Justice After Atrocity:
Is it Possible at All?

A Presentation by and Conversation with
Eduardo Gonzalez
I-GMAP Practitioner-in-Residence 
Thursday, November 30
6:30 pm
Admissions 189

From the ongoing slaughter in Syria, to the misery of the Rohingya minorities in Myanmar, the world seems mired in an ongoing horror. And yet, conflicts end, most of them inconclusively, as the parties exhaust themselves and agree to negotiate. After half a century of fighting, Colombia seems ready to initiate a peace that generations have not known. What should happen when conflict ceases? Should societies forget, and avoid stirring in the trauma and enmities of the past? Or should they seek accountability?

Come and discuss these questions with Eduardo Gonzalez, a Peruvian sociologist who works as an independent professional in the field of transitional justice, providing strategic and technical advice to governments and civil society organizations, toward an effective and fair system of transitional justice. He has been a key advisor in the truth and reconciliation processes in Peru, East Timor, Morocco, Liberia, Canada, the Western Balkans and, most recently, Sri Lanka.

laptops in classrooms

But a growing body of evidence shows that over all, college students learn less when they use computers or tablets during lectures. They also tend to earn worse grades. The research is unequivocal: Laptops distract from learning, both for users and for those around them. It’s not much of a leap to expect that electronics also undermine learning in high school classrooms or that they hurt productivity in meetings in all kinds of workplaces.

17 November 2017

Public Humanities Fellowships

ask me about this if you're interested:

2018-2019 Institute for Advanced Studies for the Humanities (IASH) Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellowship
In Partnership with Humanities New York

The Institute for Advanced studies for the Humanities (IASH) and Humanities New York
announce the call for applicants for the 2018-2019 Graduate Student Public Humanities
The Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellowship was developed by Humanities
New York in partnership with nine New York research universities to bring humanities
scholarship into the public realm, encourage emerging humanities scholars to conceive
of their work in relation to the public sphere, develop scholars’ skills for doing public

work, and strengthen the public humanities community in New York State. The year-
long Fellowship will involve a combination of training in the methods and approaches of

the public humanities and work by the Fellow to develop a public project related to their
own scholarship in partnership with a community organization.
The skills and experiences afforded by the Fellowship are intended to serve scholars
who have a record of working with the public as well as those who are starting to
explore the public humanities. It is equally valuable for scholars who plan to pursue
careers within the academy and those who plan to pursue other career paths.

13 November 2017

SPEL Workshop rescheduled

the Workshop on "Time Management" has been postponed.

and that is not a joke.

new time:

11:45 - 1:00

location: IASH Conference Room

05 November 2017

cut cut cut

uh oh.

gotta pay for tax cuts for billionaires somehow.

02 November 2017

Conference reminder -- on Saturday

Saturday at the Downtown Center ...

9:00AM – 9:30AM Breakfast, Room 224
9:30AM – 10:10AM Ryan Adams: “Dignity and Violence: A Personalist Ethics of Resistance”
10:10AM – 10:50AM Elham Beygi: “Coordination Duty to Disobey the Law in Non-Legitimate States”
10:50AM – 11:05AM Coffee Break, Room 224
11:05AM – 11:45AM Alicja Duda: “A Phenomenological Analysis of Violence and Vulnerability in the El Salvador Civil War”
11:45AM – 12:25PM Wendy Lynne Lee: ” Unsustainable: The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund; Approach to Resistance and Environmental Justice”
12:25PM – 1:05PM Rachael Flores: “William Morris’ Solution to Marxist Aesthetics”
1:05PM – 2:20PM Lunch, Room 224
2:20PM – 3:00PM Stephen Wrenn: “Failure and Generation”
3:00PM – 3:40PM Steven Powers: “Post-Hope: What’s Left For Us?”
3:40PM – 3:55PM Coffee Break, Room 224
4:00PM – 5:30PM Keynote Gabriel Rockhill: “Standing Before the Law: Toward a Theory of Immanent Normativity”

01 November 2017

Predatory or symbiotic?


But it’s increasingly clear that many academics know exactly what they’re getting into, which explains why these journals have proliferated despite wide criticism. The relationship is less predator and prey, some experts say, than a new and ugly symbiosis.
Many faculty members — especially at schools where the teaching load is heavy and resources few — have become eager participants in what experts call academic fraud that wastes taxpayer money, chips away at scientific credibility, and muddies important research.

25 October 2017

Dissertation defense: Aaron Bell

Aaron Bell

"The World's Agony Raised to a Concept: Negative Dialectics and Animal Suffering"

Thu 26 Oct

24 October 2017

Graduate Student Conference: Law-Breaking and Theories of Resistance

it's coming soon!


a conference organized by students in the graduate program in Social, Political, Ethical, and Legal Philosophy

Saturday, November 4th, 2017
9:00am to 5:30pm
Binghamton University Downtown Center
Room 223

Keynote by Gabriel Rockhill, Villanova University
"Standing Before the Law: Toward a Theory of Immanent Normativity"


Dean's Distinguished Lecture: Max Pensky

Dean's Distinguished Lecture
2017 Harpur Dean's Distinguished Lecture:
Is the Battle Against Impunity Worth Winning?
Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 3 p.m.
Old Union Hall | University Union
Presented by Max Pensky, PhD, Professor of Philosophy and Co-Director of Binghamton's Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention
RSVP to Tracey Greene, or call 607-777-6799 by Nov. 1.
Pensky's presentation takes up the issue of the purpose and future prospects of international criminal law. Since the mid-1990s, international criminal law has gained dramatically in profile, prestige and influence, culminating in the advent of international criminal tribunals and the International Criminal Court. In the policies and practices of the United Nations and the larger international human rights organizations, a new norm of anti-impunity has emerged in tandem with these new international institutions. Battling impunity, resisting a culture of impunity, or closing the "impunity gap" has become a near-universal goal of international human rights efforts. But what is impunity, and why is it bad enough to justify the project of continuing and expanding international criminal justice?
The presentation argues that a narrow conception of the battle against impunity - punishing perpetrators of serious international crimes - is inadequate to justify a future for international criminal law. A broader conception - providing accountability - is currently too vague to be of real help. The presentation offers a more precise conception of accountability based in deliberation, the public giving and taking of reasons. This conception helps redefine international criminal justice as part of a broader effort to advance border-crossing deliberative institutions. Redefining international criminal justice in this expanded way may help support what now appears to be a flagging project. But whether it is compatible with international criminal justice's status as a branch of criminal law remains an important and open question.
RSVP to Tracey Greene, or call 607-777-6799 by Nov. 1.

13 October 2017

Dissertation defense: Jake Bartholomew

Jake Bartholomew


Friday the 13th (of October, 2017)
9am to 11am
probably in LT 1210, I think

SPEL Workshop on teaching

oops -- there was a Professional Development Workshop on teaching yesterday. You probably knew that. In any case, I'm still posting this, for the sake of record-keeping.

Dear SPEL graduate students,

This is a quick reminder that there will be a SPEL workshop on “Teaching ” this Thursday, October 12, from 11:45 am -1 pm in the IASH Conference Room (LN - 1106).
The workshop is mandatory for all first- and second-year SPEL students.  

09 October 2017

Malala's taking philosophy

03 October 2017

Graduate Application for Degree

Are you planning to take a degree this semester?  If yes, The Graduate Application for Degree (GAFD) for Fall 2017 is available on the Graduate School website Graduation page.

The deadline to be included in the commencement program is Monday, November 6.  Timely completion of this form ensures timely completion of degree paperwork.  If you also wish to participate in Commencement in the spring, please visit the Commencement website and complete a participation form.

28 September 2017

SPEL Professional Development workshop today

“Making the best of your graduate school experience”

Thursday, September 28, from 11:45 am -1 pm 
IASH Conference Room (LN - 1106).

The workshop is mandatory for all first- and second-year SPEL students.  

Others can probably come, too, if it's not too late.

Spring 2018 Colloquium schedule


09 FEB Stefan Gosepath, Freie Universitat Berlin

16 MAR David Pizarro, Cornell University

20 APRIL Thomas E. Hill, Jr., Distinguished Speaker
University of North Carolina
(IASH Room – LN 1106)

20 September 2017

SPEL Colloquium: Fri 29 Sept

SPEL Colloquium

Richard Eldridge
Charles and Harriett Cox McDowell Professor of Philosophy
Swarthmore College

"... danger ... at present ... unperceived"

** LN 1106 (IASH Conference Room)
3:00p - 5:00p

19 September 2017

final exam schedule

A 0
Fri – Dec. 15
10:25 AM
12:25 PM
EB 110
A 0
Thu – Dec. 14
5:40 PM
7:40 PM
EB 110
Fri – Dec. 15
8:00 AM
10:00 AM
LN 1406
A 0
Wed – Dec. 13
8:05 PM
10:05 PM
LH 014
A 0
Tue – Dec. 12
8:05 PM
10:05 PM
S1 149
A 0
Mon – Dec. 11
12:50 PM
2:50 PM
S1 140
Mon – Dec. 11
5:40 PM
7:40 PM
SW 115