18 June 2017

August 21st

SPEL ORIENTATION:


Monday, August 21

Location
9:00 am-11:00 am
New Teaching Assistants meet with a few of our current graduate students. 
Breakfast provided.
LT-1210
11:30 am-12:30 pm
New students meet with Professor Karnein who will provide an overview of the program and answer any questions.

UUW-324
12:30 pm-2:00 pm
All SPEL students (new and returning) and faculty will meet together. Lunch will be provided.
UUW-324
3:30 pm-6:00 pm
Individual meetings with Professor Karnein (in her office)
LT-1204


SOLAR ECLIPSE:

https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/6/15/15804336/2017-solar-eclipse-map-united-states-nasa

(we're not in the totality, not even close)

16 June 2017

from the Graduate School

News & Notes - June 16, 2017
Fall 2017 Graduate Student Orientation Updates
The orientation schedule is now available. New graduate students and new teaching assistants will be formally invited to these events in July.

New Graduate Student Orientation: Tuesday, August 22Details online. 

New Teaching Assistant Orientation: Tuesday, August 22Details online.

New International Graduate Student Orientation: The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) has finalized the dates for the Fall 2017 International Graduate Student Orientation. All events will be held on Wednesday, August 16. Students will check-in at the University Union and then move to various locations on campus for mandatory federal regulation immigration presentations. The Welcome Dinner will be held on Thursday, August 17 in the University Union. We encourage all new international students to participate. If you have any questions, please contact ISSS at isss@binghamton.edu or by calling 7-2510.

05 June 2017

2017 graduate conference


The Binghamton University philosophy department will be holding its 2017 graduate conference, "Law-Breaking and Theories of Resistance," on November 4, 2017. Please see the PhilEvents call for papers here

09 May 2017

Dissertation defense: Tucker Sechrest


Ph.D. defense:

Tucker Sechrest

"The Instrumental Nature of Democratic Authority"

Wed., May 10th
LT-1210
10:00am

04 May 2017

New SPELers for Fall 2017

We are very excited to welcome the following five new PhD students to the SPEL Program!  

Eric Janec
Jamison Knudsen
Adam Renner
Coleen Watson
Aaron Weddle

Congratulations 2017-18 IASH Dissertation Fellows ...


Courtney and Jenn!

19 April 2017

Congratulations to Shelly

Congratulations to Shelly Duford, who has accepted the position of tenure-track Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, as of Fall Semester 2017. Way to go Shelly!

SPEL workshop this Friday

SPEL professional development workshop


“Publishing” 


Friday, April 21
3:30-4:45p
IASH Conference Room (LN - 1106)


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

08 April 2017

yay, maintenance of effort

I don't actually understand this, but it's very important


07 April 2017

Searle


https://www.buzzfeed.com/katiejmbaker/john-searle-complaints-uc-berkeley?utm_term=.lxdq40xkJ#.xeQvqW4Ya


job at the Graduate School

2017-2018 Graduate Assistantship: Graduate Community of Scholars (GCOS) Program Coordinator
The Graduate School is seeking a Graduate Community of Scholars (GCOS) Program Coordinator. The candidate must be a graduate student -- preferably with course complete or ABD status -- with good organizational skills and the ability to work with graduate students and faculty. The GCOS Program Coordinator will work with the Associate Dean of the Graduate School to organize, advertise and implement professional development workshops, including a week-long dissertation boot camp during the winter semester. More information and application instructions can be found online. Additional questions can be directed to gcos@binghamton.edu.

05 April 2017

we're going to need a turnitin dropbox


for the Supreme Court



http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/gorsuch-writings-supreme-court-236891

not interesting

Adviser vs. advisor

Adviser and advisor are both accepted spellings of the noun meaning one who advises or counsels. There is no difference between them. But adviser, the older version, is listed as the primary spelling in most dictionaries, and it is about five times as common as advisor in current news publications from throughout the English-speaking world.
n the U.S. and Canada, advisor is commonly used in official job titles, but adviser is still generally preferred over advisor in North America, and advisor is only marginally more common in American and Canadian English than in other varieties of English.


04 April 2017

PPL Speaker

This is not sponsored by SPEL but may should be of interest:

Professor Colleen Murphy
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne


"The Conceptual Foundations of Transitional Justice"



UUW-324
5-7pm

03 April 2017

16 March 2017

IASH call for fellowship proposals


http://www.binghamton.edu/inside/index.php/news-briefs/show/iash-call-for-graduate-and-undergraduate-fellowship-proposals

IASH Call for Graduate and Undergraduate Fellowship Proposals

Every year, the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) supports up to four graduate students and two undergraduate students with fellowships. The deadline for fellowship proposals is Friday, April 7. Go to the IASH page for the proposal form.

08 March 2017

Pedagogy workshops

Upcoming pedagogy workshop: "Generating Good Discussions" from 11:45-1PM next Monday, March 13, in the Harpur Dean's Conference Room (LN 2200). Food will be provided!

This is the first notification of two other pedagogy workshops upcoming this semester:
  • Monday, 4/3    "Responding to Conflict in the Classroom" Noon-1PM, CLT Learning Studio, LN1324.
  • Monday 4/24   [Workshop on mentoring students, title TBA], 11:45-1PM, room TBA. 
Details regarding these April pedagogy events will be sent out as they are finalized. 

24 February 2017

news from the Graduate School

Spring 2017 Graduate Application for Degree (GAFD) Deadline
The Spring 2017 Graduate Application for Degree (GAFD) is available on the Graduation webpage  of the Graduate School website. Timely completion of the GAFD ensures timely completion of degree paperwork and is also required for graduating students who wish to be recognized in the printed Commencement program. Students are strongly encouraged to apply before Friday, March 24 to be certain that their names will be included in the program. After Friday, March 24, students may still apply to graduate but their names may not appear in the program. Students are also encouraged to take note of all degree requirements in the Graduate School Manual.

Awards Calendar
Please take a moment to review our Awards Calendar, which contains several important dates for travelling graduate students. Applications for the Clark Fellowship Travel Grant (available for current Clark Fellows) and the Foundation Travel Grant are due to the Graduate School by the first Friday of April. Please contact Jessica Davis for assistance.


Graduate Faculty Awards and Distinguished Dissertation Awards
Each year, the Graduate School recognizes the important contributions of graduate students and graduate faculty to the excellence of Binghamton University with several renowned awards. Nominations for the Graduate Faculty Awards are due the first Mondayof March, and nominations for the Distinguished Dissertation Awards are due the first Friday of March. Please contact Jessica Davis with any questions.

22 February 2017

SPEL Workshop: Writing your prospectus

SPEL Professional Development Workshop

"Writing Your Prospectus/Thesis"

Friday, February 24th
3:30pm
Dean's Conference Room (LN-2200)

This workshop is mandatory for all 1st and 2nd year SPEL students; everyone else is welcome to come.



Registration for Fall starts on March 31st

Summer registration will begin Monday, March 6th at 9am for all students.

The Fall 2017 schedule will be live by the end of the day Thursday, March 23rd.  

Graduate students can begin registration on Friday, March 31st at 9 a.m. 
Undergraduate students can begin registration Monday, April 3rd at 9 a.m. time tickets will be based on credit hours earned. 

14 February 2017

SPELbaby


well, alumnus baby, I guess.


dissertation defense


Blake Wilson

"What's So Private about Private Property?"

Monday 20 February
8:30am
LT 1210

09 February 2017

Graduate application for degree


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

The deadline to be included in the commencement program is Friday, March 24.  Timely completion of this form ensures timely completion of degree paperwork.  If you also wish to participate in Commencement this May, please visit the Commencement website and complete a participation form.

08 February 2017

Final exam schedules posted


link is here

did someone do something mean to CBASM? it's not a great schedule.

01 February 2017

Mattias at IASH reminder


February  1, 2017
IASH Fellows' Speaker Series:
Presented by:  Mattias Iser, (Philosophy)   "Fighting without a Chance. The Challenge of Expressive Violence"  
Abstract: Just war theory claims that defensive violence is only justified if there is a reasonable probability of success. Assuming that the Jewish uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto did not fulfil this criterion, it would thus have been impermissible. Attempts to avoid this counterintuitive result have referred to different kinds of success, such as deterrence, the broader effort of defeating the Nazis or defending one’s honor. I argue that none of these attempts succeeds because they remain bound to a merely instrumental notion of violence. I finally defend the, albeit problematic, idea of violence that expresses the victim’s agency.
February 1, 2017, 12:00 pm, IASH Conference Room (LN 1106)

29 January 2017

SPEL Workshop


SPEL professional development workshop 


“Plagiarism” 

facilitated by Lisa Tessman



Thursday, February 2nd 
Noon –1 pm,
The IASH conference room (LN - 1106.) 

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

23 January 2017

SPEL Colloquium: Fri 27 Jan

SPEL Colloquium

Liam Murphy
Herbert Peterfreund Professor of Law and Philosophy
New York University

“Illusory Moral Rules: How Law Misleads us about Morality”

UUW-324
3-5pm

17 January 2017

NFL Philosophy of Law

this seems to be a correct usage of "strict liability":

“I say to him what I say to all our defenders, that it’s as much a part of today’s NFL as blocking and tackling,” Tomlin said. “We work extremely hard to play within the rules because that increases our chances of winning. We work hard at lowering our target. We understand that it’s strict liability on the defender, but we also understand that due to circumstances sometimes that’s just tough. We all have tough aspects of our job and I think that Sean understands that element of safety play in today’s NFL. And I think all of those things happen in a discussion in a quick fashion in stadium, in game”

-link-

13 January 2017

getting a degree in May?

Spring 2017 Graduate Application for Degree (GAFD)

The Spring 2017 Graduate Application for Degree (GAFD) is available on the Graduation page of the Graduate School website. Completion of this form ensures completion of degree paperwork, and it is also required for graduating students who wish to be recognized in the printed Commencement program. Students are strongly encouraged to apply before Friday, March 24 to be certain that their names will be printed in the program. After Friday, March 24, a student may still apply to graduate, but their name may not be included in the printed Commencement program. Students are also encouraged to take note of all degree requirements in the Graduate School Manual.  

09 January 2017

Mattias at IASH

IASH Fellows Speaker Series for the Spring 2016 Semester begins…
February  1, 2017
IASH Fellows' Speaker Series:
Presented by:  Mattias Iser, (Philosophy)   "Fighting without a Chance. The Challenge of Expressive Violence"  
Abstract: Just war theory claims that defensive violence is only justified if there is a reasonable probability of success. Assuming that the Jewish uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto did not fulfil this criterion, it would thus have been impermissible. Attempts to avoid this counterintuitive result have referred to different kinds of success, such as deterrence, the broader effort of defeating the Nazis or defending one’s honor. I argue that none of these attempts succeeds because they remain bound to a merely instrumental notion of violence. I finally defend the, albeit problematic, idea of violence that expresses the victim’s agency.
February 1, 2017, 12:00 pm, IASH Conference Room (LN 1106)

02 January 2017

No one living who is Derek Parfit

http://dailynous.com/2017/01/02/derek-parfit-1942-2017/

Derek Parfit, emeritus fellow of All Souls College at Oxford University, died last night, according to several sources. He was also Global Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at New York University, and held appointments at Harvard University and Rutgers University.