Congratulations to Dr. John Draeger who received tenure and was promoted to associate professor of philosophy. You can learn more about Dr. Draeger on his faculty page.
New Student Scholarship: The George T. Hole Scholarship Fund will provide one scholarship annually of at least $1,000 for a student majoring in philosophy at Buffalo State. More information on this scholarship is available at our scholarship page.
Dr. George Hole received a 2010 Buffalo State Foundation Chair’s Recognition Award in recognition of his philanthropy and overall support of the college. We are grateful to Dr. Hole for his considerable generosity towards our department and to the college. Dr. Hole will enjoy a well-deserved fall sabbatical and will be back in the department teaching fulltime in spring 2011. You can learn more about Dr. Hole on his faculty page.
Dr. Leigh Duffy, adjunct philosophy instructor, gave birth in May to a healthy baby boy, Colin. Congratulations to her and her husband, Tom! Kudos to Dr. Duffy as well for successfully defending her dissertation titled “Modal Illusions: Making Sense of the Necessary A Posteriori” (SUNY Buffalo, 2010).
The annual Meet-N-Greek Welcome Back Picnic is September 16, 2010, 3-5 p.m., outside Bishop Hall, on the western / Porter-side of Bishop; or rain location, Philosophy Lounge, Bishop Hall 242. Please stop by for free food and refreshments and to meet our faculty and other students in the program.
Public Lecture, “Truth Versus Tradition in Job 3-5,” by John Walton-Burnight, Lecturer in Old Testament Theology at Lewis University and Research Project Professional at the University of Chicago, September 23, 2010, 4:30 p.m., Butler 210.
Walton-Burnight’s lecture is of interest to both the Philosophy program and the Religious Studies program, as well as the wider college community. The Book of Job deals with a variety of themes of both historical and contemporary interest. Among others, it explores the nature and existence of evil, and the reconciliation of evil’s existence with religious beliefs about God and goodness. Against the backdrop of recent and current human suffering from both natural disasters such as the earthquakes in Haiti and the continuing threat of war and terrorism at least nominally connected to religious belief, this lecture should appeal to a wide audience. Walton-Burnight’s lecture will draw on extensive research on the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and his expertise in Near-Eastern history, languages, and literature to offer a new interpretation of Job’s suffering and the relationship of suffering to religious belief in monotheistic religions.
Group Advising (for PHI majors and minors), September 30, 2010 12:15-1:30, Bacon Hall 115. Come by for free pizza, a sneak peak at spring 2011 course offerings, early-bird sign-up for individual advising, general information on the program, and more.
Mandatory Advisement for PHI majors (NOT PHI minors nor REL minors) requires students to get a new PIN each semester, which you can only receive from your advisor. Advisors post appointment sign-up sheets outside of their offices (Bishop Hall 234 and 227) at least several weeks or more before registration each semester. More information on advising is available in this handout.
Our 2009-2010 Philosophy Program Review is complete. Our external reviewer, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor Raymond Angelo Belliotti (SUNY Fredonia), issued glowing praise for our program, faculty, and students. Here a few select comments:
“The Buffalo State philosophy faculty is nothing short of exceptional… The philosophy faculty goes well beyond the call of duty.They have a vigorous faculty-student colloquia series, often organize picnics and graduate parties, are deeply committed to teaching, pursue a host of scholarly concerns in their research and scholarship, and nurture a profound collegiality. Especially noteworthy is their academic advising program, which in design and execution, is the best philosophy department advising initiative that I have ever seen…The students with whom I spoke lauded the department effusively… The students all spoke of the dedication of the faculty; their willingness to provide extra information and spend enormous amount of time outside the classroom with them; the benefits of student-faculty colloquia; the obvious skill and knowledge of the faculty; the willingness of the philosophy faculty to extend themselves to students in a host of ways; and the like… Buffalo State philosophers provide a solid, academically rigorous selection of courses, animated by a core of excellent instructors…”
After Team Buffalo State’S excellent performance in the 2009 Northeast Regional Ethics Bowl, we are putting together the next team. Please contact Dr. Julian Cole for more information.
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