Philosophy Alumni Newsletter, Fall 2018

Message from the chair | 'uplifting' new atmosphere coming to Ellis

Ellis Hall renovations are nearing completion. It will be a joy to teach from new, active-learning classrooms. The “atmosphere” will be mentally very uplifting, helping to make for an enjoyable and good day’s work. Join us for a sneak peek.

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Century-old Ellis gets sustainable and accessible makeover

Architects are turning the inside of Ellis Hall from a maze of offices and classrooms into a welcoming learning space.

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Philosophy Forum | 'The Way We Were: How Memory Makes Us Who (and What) We Are'

The 24th annual Ohio University Philosophy Forum featured Marya Schechtman, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Illinois-Chicago, discussing "The Way We Were: How Memory Makes Us Who (and What) We Are."

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Tidaback helps establish legal internship program

Zachary Tidaback, BA '07, named to the Arts & Science Notable Alumni, helped the Philosophy Department establish a legal internship program to help students get experience while they are in college.

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Faculty news

Petrik talks at UN conference about role of higher education in promoting peace and justice

When Dr. James Petrik lectured in April at Kazakh National University in Kazakhstan, he was invited to join Kazakh National University Rector, Galym Mutanov, at a United Nations conference.

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Bernstein headed to Germany to give keynote on Kant’s legal theory and global justice

Dr. Alyssa Bernstein was one of two keynote speakers at a conference on "Kant’s Legal Theory and Global Justice" on June 29-30 at the University of Bayreuth in Germany.

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Briscoe receives a Fulbright award to the UK

Dr. Robert Briscoe was awarded a Fulbright-Scotland Visiting Professorship to conduct research at the University of Glasgow.

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Smaw says philosopher 'must have keen eye for the suspicious premise'

"The classwork and thesis writing provided me with the educational foundation necessary for pursuing a Ph.D. in philosophy, but the experiences of reading, thinking, writing, re-reading, reconsidering, and rewriting were most important for my development as a philosopher," says Eric Smaw, MA ‘98.

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Jordan says 'tough-minded but civil discussion remains a fixture of my life'

Matthew Jordan, BA '99, says "tough-minded but civil discussion of contentious issues remains a fixture of my day-to-day life," including his role as Associate Professor of Philosophy at Auburn University.

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Northup honored for career as litigation attorney

Jarrett J. Northup, BA '96, was included in Marquis Who's Who. He is a partner at Jeffries, Kube, Forrest and Monteleone Co., LPA.
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Thompson featured for work on Ohio Brew Week

Brandon Thompson, BA, BSC ’03, is featured in an Ohio Today news article headlined "Alumnus keeps Athens traditions alive and thriving."

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Upcoming events

Stop by the A&S Homecoming tent on Oct. 20

Find College of Arts & Sciences faculty, staff and alumni at Homecoming 2018 on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Tailgreat Park. Sample food grown at the OHIO Student Farm and prepared by Food Studies theme students. Register to win a two-night stay at the Ohio University Inn.

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Alumni sneak peek of renovated Ellis Hall, Oct. 20

Save the date | Arts & Sciences Student-Alumni Networking, Jan. 31

Mark your calendars for the college’s third annual Alumni and Student Networking Reception on Jan. 31, 2019. You have valuable experiences to share about career choices, graduate school and internships. Come back to Athens to help fellow Bobcats get a jump on their careers.
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There are many ways to be involved, including networking, one-on-one conversations, resume review, or employer tables. Learn more and RSVP. Or contact Lisa Cohen, director of external relations, at

Challenging dialogues—Events on campus and on A&S TV

In his inaugural address, Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis challenged the University to become a place where dialogue and rigorous, civil debate are institutional hallmarks. See what’s happening in the college, including many events that will be on A&S TV.
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Career corner

Internship gives philosophy major insights into law profession

Samantha Stewart, BA '18, is the first philosophy major to participate in the department’s internship program, serving as an intern for Mollica, Gall, Sloan, and Sillery, the oldest and largest law firm in Athens.
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Can you help students? Want to get involved?

The Bobcat alumni network is incredibly productive in giving OHIO students a great start on successful career paths. If you could benefit from access to Bobcat career services - or if you know of internship opportunities - or if you want to help your department support students, there are many ways to get involved, both in Athens and from afar. If you’re interested in connecting with a department, educational enrichment, networking, or coming to campus, contact Lisa Cohen.

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