We are embarking on a project to paint and refresh the hallways on the third floor of Dodd Hall. Look for a more polished, professional, and serene corridor to debut in early 2018.
We are pleased to announce that we have added to the portrait gallery in our common room. The gallery now includes portraits of philosophers Hannah Arendt, Avicenna, Simone de Beauvoir, W.E.B. DuBois, Hildegard of Bingen, Alain Locke, and Ruth Marcus.
Katie Elliott was interviewed for the Hound Tall, a comedy podcast hosted by Moshe Kasher that features an hour-long chat between an expert on a particular topic and a panel of comedians. Katie discussed time travel with Kurt Braunohler and Nate Bargatze in episode #35 which can be found at http://nerdist.com/hound-tall-35-time-travel/. Please note that Hound Tall is a comedy podcast and may contain adult language and content not suitable for all audiences.
Mark Greenberg co-authored an op-ed piece featured in the Los Angeles Times. You can read the article, about presidential pardons, here: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-litman-greenberg-manafort-mueller-indictment-20171030-story.html.
Mark Greenberg had a co-authored piece appear in the Lawfare blog: https://lawfareblog.com/all-presidents-defenses. The post is on obstruction of justice.
Seana Shiffrin was featured on the Why We Argue podcast hosted by Robert B. Talisse of Vanderbilt University. On the podcast she defends the “thinker theory” of freedom of speech. You can find the podcast at http://whyweargue.libsyn.com/.
Gabbrielle Johnson won the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award in recognition of her excellence as a TA in 2016-17. She was honored at the Andrea L. Rich Night to Honor Teaching on October 11, 2017. You can see a clip of her discussing teaching as part of interviews conducted for the occasion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ajV1PMvqFs&feature=youtu.be.
Gabbrielle Johnson co-established a philosophy outreach program at the Los Angeles LGBT Youth Center in conjunction with the philosophy outreach program Corrupt the Youth. The program, aimed at introducing philosophy to disadvantaged students, holds biweekly seminars at the LGBT Center that encourage students to engage in philosophical inquiry of all varieties while addressing some of the unique issues facing today’s youth. The program extend much-needed pedagogical resources beyond the walls of academia to those deserving of, but denied access to, education. You can find out more here: http://corrupttheyouth.org/.
Olufemi Taiwo helped organize the “Beyond the Bars” conference, held October 13, 14, and 15, 2017 on the UCLA campus. In particular, he was involved in the musical production What It Iz, in which he played music. Information on the conference can be found at http://aroble81.wixsite.com/beyondthebarsla2017.
Olufemi Taiwo also helped found UCLA’s Justice Work Group, on organization which focuses on legal system transformation and justice. As part of the group’s work, he taught an “Intro to Social Philosophy” course at the Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall. You can find out more about the Justice Work Group on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/justiceworkgroup/.
Eva Yguico, a fourth-year philosophy major, was the Student Spotlight speaker at the 2017 Humanities Welcome, which took place on September 27, 2017. Eva spoke about her experience as a transfer student, and about her research, which focuses on racial bias in the jury and the practical demands of impartiality. Eva is president of the Undergraduate Philosophy Club for the 2017-18 academic year.
Helen Lee, a third-year philosophy major, won first prize at the UCLA Humanities Dialogues Symposium for her presentation “Truth-Telling and Humanity: What Is Our Duty to Tell the Truth?” The UCLA Humanities Dialogues Symposium was held June 2, 2017, and you can read more about it and Helen’s win at http://dailybruin.com/2017/06/04/humanities-dialogues-provides-casual-space-to-discuss-meaning-of-words/.