News and Notes
Philosophy Talks: Irene Liu                                                       
On September 21st, Dr. Irene Liu (Associate Professor of Philosophy) gave the first "Philosophy Talks" lecture of 2018-19. Dr. Liu spoke on "Rituals and the Rule of Virtues." Her talk used the Confucian concept of ritual (Lǐ 禮) to reconsider questions about the special sort of knowledge a virtuous person possesses. After the question period there was a reception celebrating the start of the academic year.

The second "Philosophy Talks" event of the semester is scheduled for Thursday, November 1st, at 5:30 PM, when Dr. Karen Frost-Arnold (Hobart & William Smith Colleges) will speak.

Humanities Research Seminar: Eugene Brent Young

Dr. Eugene Brent Young (Professor of Practice in English and Philosophy) will speak at the third Humanities Research Seminar this semester on Monday, November 12th, 2018 at 4:00 PM in the Drescher Community Room. His talk is titled "How the True World Finally Became a Bad Film." In it Dr. Young addresses the question, Can the escapist dimension of film be used to formulate a new definition of the work of art? The Humanities Research Seminar series is an initiative of Dr. Jennifer Glancy and the O'Connell Professorship.

Department of Philosophy Alumnus named President of CUNY

The Board of Trustees of The City University of New York appointed Vincent Boudreau ('84) as the 13th president of The City College of New York on December 4, 2017. Vincent was a double major at Le Moyne (philosophy and English) and graduated summa cum laude in 1984. He went on to Cornell, where he received his M.A. (1987) and Ph.D. (1991) in government (comparative politics and international relations). He has been a professor and administrator at CUNY since 1991. Congratulations to Dr. Boudreau!

Vulnerability Conference

The Department of Philosophy and the McDevitt Chair in Religious Philosophy hosted Le Moyne's first themed undergraduate conference, Vulnerability: Dimensions and Perspectives, on April 8, 2017. Students from various majors at the College read their refereed papers for the conference to an audience of 50-75 faculty, students, and friends from the community.

The keynote speaker for the conference was Richard Moran, Ph.D., the Brian D. Young Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University, who delivered a talk titled “The Philosophical Retreat to the Here and Now."

The conference was one of several initiatives of Le Moyne's first Visiting McDevitt Chair in Religious Philosophy, Todd May, Ph.D., the Class of 1941 Memorial Professor of Philosophy at Clemson University.

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