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Recent Awards and Colloquia Presentations

Current Graduate Student Awards

  • Matthew Yaw is the recipient of the 2015 Graduate Student Essay Prize. His paper is entitled: Nietzsche's Paean to War.
  • Andy Jussaume is the recipient of the 2013 Charles Dougherty Teaching award.
  • Anna Shevchenko (Germany), Tylor Cunningham (Germany), Rory Carspecken (Germany), Sila Ozhara (France), Paul Zipfel (France), Tristana Martin-Rubio (France), Peter Libbey (France), and Ben Maynard (France), received the Ronald M. Polansky summer language study grant for 2015.
  • Matthew Yaw (Germany), Ned Goertzen (Germany), Rebecca Warshofsky (Germany), Martin Krahn (Germany), Rory Dahl (Germany), and Alessio Rutundo (France), received the Ronald M. Polansky summer language study grant for 2014.
  • Jim Bahoh, Karim Barakat, Joel Boyer, Jacob Greenstine, Boram Jeong, Jessica konig, Jeff Lambert, Peter Libbey, Matt Lovett, Bethany Somma, and Matt Valentine received the Ronald M. Polansky summer language study grant for 2013.
  • Becky Vartabedian is the recipient of the Charles S. Dougherty Philosophy Graduate Student Teaching Award for 2011-12.
  • Matt Lovett and Jacob Greenstine won the Philosophy Graduate Essay prize for 2012.

    Graduate Student Colloquia Series

    Hosted by the Graduate Students in Philosophy (GSiP), the Colloquia Series offers current graduate students the opportunity to present works in-progress. All presentations take place in the Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center, located on the first floor of Gumberg Library. We will post Colloquia Series events here as they are scheduled.

    2014-2015 Colloquia Series

    March 13, 2015
    • If You Liked it You Should Have Put a Ring On it: Pleasure as a part of teachable virtue in the ring structure of the Protagoras (Tylor Cunningham)
    • From the Ashes of Baudelaire: Diametrical Opposition and Poetic Influence from Charles Baudelaire to Stephane Mallarme (Joseph Bertino)
    February 27, 2015
    • Language, Limit, and Identity (Rebecca Warshofsky)
    February 6, 2015
    • Sight Not Yet Seeing: Indefiniteness in the Generation of the Intellect in Plotinus (Bethany Somma)
    • Derrida Contra Rawls: Reasonableness, Sovereignty, and Desire (Tristana Martin Rubio)
    November 7, 2014
    • The (Un)Reality of the Adopted Self (Bethany Somma)
    • Wise Endurance: Does Socrates Fear? (Joseph Bertino)
    October 17, 2014
    • Deleuze, Lacan, and the Idea of Sexual Difference (Matt Lovett)
    • Windowless Intimacies: Contiguity in Irigaray and Leibniz (Jeff Lambert)
    September 12, 2014
    • Heidegger's Phenomenology of Truth (Matthew Yaw)
    • Non-Being as the Result of the Eleatic Hypothesis: Arostotle's Physics 1.3 (Jacob Greenstine)

    2013-2014 Colloquia Series

    January 11, 2014
    • Adoptees and Philosophers: Searching for Self and Stability in Stoic Therapy (Bethany Somma)
    • Old age is life's parody: The Spatiality of Aging in Simone de Beauvoir's The Coming of Age (Tristana Martin Rubio)
    October 11, 2013
    • Foucault's Critical Subject (Karim Barakat)
    • Nietzsche and Kierkegaard:The Question of Truth as an Orientation Toward Meaning and Significance (Sean Skedzielewski)
    November 15, 2013
    • The Privacy of Experience (Sean D'Alessio)
    • Finishing the Critical Project:Towards a Kantian Theory of the Subject and Higher Pleasures (Matthew Valentine)
    November 22, 2013
    • The Arborescent and Rhizomatic in Walt Whitman: Deleuze and Leaves of Grass (Jeff Lambert)
    • Perspectives on Human Immortality in Aquinas and Marcel (Richard Sharpe)

    2012-2013 Colloquia Series

    April 5, 2013
    • Jacob Greenstein, "Why Galileo Matters"
    • Matt Lovett, "Rothko's Negative Theology"Friday, March 22nd, 2013
    March 22, 2013
    • Christopher Mountenay, "Painter of Light and the Philosopher of Pessimism: A Schopenhauerian Analysis of Thomas Kinkade"
    • Jim Bahoh, "Heidegger's Differential Concept of Truth in Beitrage"Friday, January 11th, 2013
    January 11, 2013
    • Sean D'Alessio, "The Case for Epistemological Nihilism"
    • Pail di'Giorgio, "A Critique of Foucault's Concept of Freedom"Wednesday, December 5th, 2012
    December 5, 2012
    • Ryan Johnson, "De-Mystification and Counter-Actualization"Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
    November 7, 2012
    • Duquesne Women in Philosophy Colloquium (co-sponsored event)
    • Boram Jeong, "Repetition and Revolution: Temporality in Deleuze and the Book of Changes"
    • Jessica Patella Konig, "Francis Bacon on Nature: The Secret, the Erotic, the Dominated"
    • Sila Ozkara, "Hegel's Self-Consciousness as Progression"
    October 24, 2012
    • Hegel Responds!
    • Kamal Shibei, "Hegel on Plato: The Refreshment of Essence"
    • Matt Lovett, "Antinomy, Existence, and the Thing-In-Itself: Hegel's Response to Transcendental Idealism"
    October 10, 2012
    • Christopher Mountenay, "Apeiron and Noumena"
    • John Fritz, "The Indefinite Time and Place of Plato's Philebus"
    September 26, 2012
    • Paul DiGeorgio, "Plotinus as the first Phenomenologist"
    • Jeff Lambert, "Luce Irigaray and 'That's What She Said'"
    September 14, 2012
    • Jessica Patella Konig, "The Dancing Philosopher"

    2011-2012 Colloquia Series

    March 23, 2012
    • Jacob Greenstine, "Animal Error and Human Falsehood in Aristotle."
    • Sila Ozkara, "Expressing Kant's Sublime."
    February 17, 2012
    • Kyle Wendling, "Joyful Overman: On the Realization of Truth through Laughter and Levity."
    • Andy Jussaume, "Proof of the Transcendent God: The Suspension of Teleology in Thomas' Metaphysics."
    January 27, 2012
    • Ryan Johnson, "The Story of the Eye, According to Descartes."
    • Billy Goehring, "Spinoza and the Structuralist Principle."
    January 20, 2012
    • Dave Mesing, "Affective Politics: On Spinoza and Occupy Wall ST."
    • Nathan Eckstrand, "Foucault, Arendt, and the Possibilitty of a Transformational Politics."

      2010-2011 Colloquia Series

      March 23, 2011
      • Nathan Eckstrand, "Modeling Electronic Media"
      • Zach Hamm, "Deleuze's Critique of Phenomenology"
      February 17, 2011
      • Justin Habash, "Leibniz &Torture"
      • Chris Mountenay, "Arachnid Gladiators"
      February 2, 2011
      • David Hoinski, "Did Plato Invent Philosophical Autobiography?
      • Kamal Shlbei, "Rethinking the Kantian Thing-In-Itself"
      January 19, 2011
      • Matt Lovett, "The Flesh of the Feminine: Merleau-Ponty and Irigaray"
      • Becky Vartabedian, "Let's Get Small: the Joke as Event in Deleuze's Logic of Sense"
      December 10, 2010
      • Brittany Leckey, "Deleuze, Kundera, and the Eternal Return"
      November 12, 2010
      • Jacob Greenstine, "Reason and Absolute Idealism"
      • Ryan Johnson, "Nietzschean Shadowplay"
      October 27, 2010
      • Zach Hamm, "Descartes' Lullian Vision"
      • David Mesing, "Satan's Pulpit"
      October 6, 2010
      • Kelsey Ward, "Hegel and Abstract Art."
      • Jacob Graham, "Excellence and Friendship: Confucius and Aristotle."
      September 22, 2010
      • Scott Sparrow, "On Language and Mediation: Hegel's Arguments in 'Sense Certainty',"

      Scott was the recipient of the 2009-2010 Graduate Student Essay Award, an annual award determined by Duquesne's Philosophy Faculty.