Thursday, December 15, 2011

University Holiday Closing Memo

University Holiday Closing Memo

As in previous years, building access will be restricted over the holiday
break (December 23, 2011 to January 3, 2012). Staff and students seeking
access to building will be required to sign in and sign out using
staff/student cards. Access hours during the holiday break will be from 9:00
am to 5:00 pm, and closed Sundays, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Please see the attached memo sent of behalf of Deborah McCallum,
Vice-President (Administration) in regards to University wide closures.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns regarding
building access.

Sara Payette

Dean's Office Assistant

307A Fletcher Argue Building

phone: 474-9979

fax: 474-7590


Monday, December 12, 2011

2012 Harvard-MIT Philosophy Graduate Student Conference

The 2012 Harvard-MIT
Graduate Philosophy Conference

We invite submissions of extended abstracts from graduate students for a conference hosted by the Philosophy Departments at Harvard University and MIT to be held on March 17th, 2012. We encourage submissions in all areas of philosophy.

Keynote Speaker:
Agustín Rayo
Professor of Philosophy
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The deadline for submission of abstracts is January 10th, 2012.

 Send only extended abstracts (1000 words) to by January 10th, 2012. All submissions must be sent as attachments in PDF or Word formats.
 In addition to explaining the paper’s topic and goals, extended abstracts should also include a brief outline of the paper’s major argument(s).
 Authors must be current graduate students in philosophy. Co-authored papers are permitted if all authors are current graduate students.
 Successful applicants must produce their full-length paper by March 1st, 2011. Full-length papers should be no more than 4000 words and must be suitable for a 40-45 minute presentation.
 Extended abstracts should be anonymized and accompanied by a separate cover sheet including:
 author’s name
 institutional affiliation
 mailing address
 email address
 phone number
 title of paper
 the topic area(s) of the paper
 Send all questions or concerns to

Hosted jointly by the Department of Philosophy, Harvard University, and the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Arts Travel Award

To Graduate Students:

The Faculty of Arts is holding an extra competition for the Graduate Student
Conference Travel Award this year. The deadline (in Arts) to submit an application
will be 20 Jan 2012 in support of conference travel completed before the end
of March 2012 (including travel already completed at the time of
application, that meets the criteria). NOTE: Students that have already
received funding from the April 2011 or Nov 2011 competition are not
eligible to apply)

*Note that the department deadline will be 4:30 p.m. on January 17th.

Policy/Procedures are consistent with the regular program as follows:


2. No student will be funded more than once in the year.

3. The maximum allocation will be $350.

4. To be eligible for a travel award, a student must be:

a. Enrolled full-time in a graduate program in the Faculty of Arts, and

b. Presenting a paper, or have another significant role, at an academic


Application is to be made in writing to the Associate Dean and must include:

1. An estimate of expenses, and

2. A statement from the Department Head (or designate) indicating that:

a. The opportunity to participate in the conference would further the
academic credentials of the student,

b. The student is academically deserving, and

c. The Department will match any funding provided by the Dean, at a
ratio of at least 1 to 4.

d. Rank ordering the application from the department

3. Written confirmation that paper/poster has been accepted for

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Call for Papers: Corvus (Undergraduate Journal)

Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy Call for Submissions
Deadline: January 6 2011

Corvus requests that contributors comply with the following standards:
1.     Eligibility and Topics:  Essays on all aspects of philosophy, including its history, will be considered.  Current undergraduates and graduates from 2010-2011 may submit, but the papers must have been written while authors were undergraduates.   Submissions by non-philosophy majors are acceptable.  Those with clear spelling and/or grammatical errors will be immediately rejected.  Papers should have received a grade of at least A-.  Due to refereeing restrictions, all submissions must be written in English. Opportunities for submission are extended to students of all Canadian philosophy departments.
2.         Submission Format: There is no limit on the length of a paper, but shorter papers are preferred.  Corvus will give preference to submissions under 4000 words.  Papers exceeding this length must be concisely argued.  There is no lower limit to the word count, but a paper should be long enough to prove its point thoroughly.  Essays should be typed, double spaced, start with a 150-word abstract (not included in the word count) with a set of keywords describing the topic(s) of the paper.  Submissions should be prepared for anonymous refereeing, with revealing acknowledgements and self identifying references removed: please confine your name, university affiliation, a short (50 word max.) academic biography, primary contact information, and acknowledgments, to a cover sheet sent as a separate attachment.
3.     Citation Format:  Essays must conform to MLA formatting standards.
4.    Electronic Submissions:  Submit an electronic copy of your essay to in Microsoft Word compatibility (.doc) format.  You are not required to submit a hardcopy of your essay.

5.     Contact Info:  Questions can be directed to

Call for Papers: York Undergraduate Philosophical Review

Call for Papers: The Oracle 2012
By The York University Undergraduate Philosophy Association
Deadline: Thursday, Dec 22nd 2011

Philosophia, York University´s undergraduate philosophy association, is pleased
to announce that we are now accepting paper submissions for the 2012 edition of
York´s Undergraduate Philosophical Review, The Oracle.  Each year, The Oracle
provides a snapshot of the most exciting and interesting work being done by the
York undergraduate philosophical community.  All York undergraduate students of
any discipline are invited to submit a paper of philosophical interest.  All
submissions will be reviewed by an editorial committee, and the best will be
selected and compiled in this year´s edition.The journal will be available in
February 2012.

Submission Guidelines:

Each applicant may submit only one (1) paper.
All topics are welcome, but paper must have a philosophical theme.
Paper must not exceed 5000 words (including footnotes).
Include a cover letter with your name, address, phone number, email address,
major, and the title of the paper.
Paper must be submitted to  Email should be titled "The
Oracle Submission - (your name)".
Paper must be submitted as a Microsoft word document attachment.  Paper and
cover letter should be separate attachments.

Paper must be received by 11:59:59pm on Thursday December 22nd 2011
Follow the guidelines closely!  Failure to comply with any of these guidelines
may result in not being considered for publication. All applicants are invited
to attend a journal launch that will take place toward the end of the semester.
If you have any further question regarding submissions to The Oracle, contact
Dennis Papadopoulos, Editor-in-Chief, at More info at

Thank you,
Dennis Papadopoulos Editor

Call for Papers: Penées Canadiennes (Undergraduate Journal)

Pensées Canadiennes, a national undergraduate philosophy journal, is now
accepting submissions for its upcoming volume, which will be published
April 2012 and distributed across Canada. The journal is not particularly
interested in any philosophical discipline, historical period, or
methodology. Rather, we look for an insightful, clear paper on any
philosophical topic that demonstrates rigour, excellent scholarship, and
originality. Pensées welcomes submissions in either French or English, and
a national editing team will select the papers via a double-blind peer
review process.

We accept submissions from any undergraduate philosophy student enrolled in
a Canadian university. When submitting your paper, please include: (1)
name; (2) university; (3) year of study (e.g., second year); (4) expected
date of graduation (e.g., May 2012). Please attach your paper in either
.pdf or .doc form.

Submissions should be sent to by January 23.

We look forward to reading your papers!

Warm regards,

Lyndon Entwistle and Maxwell Ramstead

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Call For Papers

Hermes, the University of Ottawa's undergraduate philosophy journal, is
seeking submissions for its Canada-wide edition in Spring 2012.

-Essays should be no longer than 5000 words
-All areas of philosophy will be considered
-Submissions may be written in either English or French
-Citations should be in MLA format
-On a separate page, please include the following:
Your home university, year of study, mailing address, email, phone number,
and a short summary (100 words max) of your field of interest within
Interested applicants should send both a hard and soft copy (Microsoft
Word or compatible format, via email) to
Undergraduate Philosophy Students' Association
Attn: Hermes c/o Department of Philosophy
University of Ottawa
70 Laurier Avenue East, Room 234
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 6N5
Submission deadline: January 23rd, 2012


Appel de textes

Hermès, la revue de philosophie du premier cycle de l'Université d'Ottawa,
vous invite à soumettre vos textes pour sa parution pancanadienne du
printemps 2012.

-Les articles ne doivent pas dépasser 5000 mots
-Tous les domaines de philosophie seront considérés
-Les soumissions peuvent être rédigées en français ou en anglais
-Les citations doivent être en format MLA
-Veuillez inclure, sur une page séparée :
Le nom de votre université, l'année de vos études, votre adresse postale
et de courriel, votre numéro de téléphone, une courte description (maximum
de 100 mots) de vos principaux intérêts dans le domaine de la philosophie.
Toute personne intéressée est priée d'envoyer son article imprimé sur
papier et en format électronique (Microsoft Word ou compatible, par
courriel) à l'adresse suivante :
Association des étudiants du premier cycle en philosophie
À l'attention de : Hermès
Département de philosophie
Université d'Ottawa
70, avenue Laurier Est, pièce 234
Ottawa ON
K1N 6N5

Courriel :
Date de tombée: le 23 janvier 2012

Scott Murray

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Meeting With The Dean


Dear Graduate Students,

Peter Karari, graduate student Senator and a graduate student in Peace and Conflict Studies, has asked that I set up a meeting between the new Dean of Arts, Dr. Jeffery Taylor and the Arts graduate students associations presidents.

Peter was also the graduate student representative on the new Dean of Arts search advisory committee and noted that there were several items that he thought would benefit from further discussion with the Dean.

A meeting has been scheduled for:

Date: Wednesday, November 30
Time: 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.
Place: 409 Tier

A pizza lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to me so I know how much pizza to order! Thank you

Janice Gripp
Confidential Assistant to the Dean
Faculty of Arts
309 Fletcher Argue
P:. 474-8439
F: 474-7590

Holiday Food Hampers

Dear Colleagues,

With the holidays fast-approaching, the University of Manitoba Students´
Union (UMSU) is once again busy preparing for its annual Holiday Hampers
program. Through this program, we provide students in need (and their
families) with a hamper of food over the holiday season. Need for this
service has increased significantly over the years as the program is now
open to students from all three University of Manitoba campuses. Last year,
almost 200 hampers were made and delivered, and we predict similar numbers
for this year. UMSU also coordinates a toy drive, loonie tunes and other
efforts in order to provide toys for children and raise funds to run this

Because of the increased need for this program, UMSU would like to make this
a campus-wide effort by inviting you to "Adopt a Hamper". The
"Adopt-a-Hamper" initiative is where an individual or group commits to
putting together and delivering a food hamper. We will provide the list of
groceries that are required for the hamper, as well as the address to where
the hamper should be delivered. Aside from making an important contribution
by helping those in need during the holidays, it is a fun and rewarding
project to engage in with your colleagues and members of your community.

If you or a group of your colleagues are interested in "Adopting a Hamper",
please respond to myself, Nour Rashid, at the UMSU Office before Friday,
December 2, 2011. We are also looking for financial contributions to help
offset the rising costs of this program. Volunteers for packing and
delivering the hampers are also desperately needed; this will take place
between December 12 and 15.

Any contribution you are able to make to this program would be greatly
appreciated. We hope that through our collective effort we can help make
the holidays a little brighter for everyone!

Thanks and Happy Holidays!


Nour Rashid

Vice-President Advocacy

University of Manitoba Students' Union
Local 103 - Canadian Federation of Students

tel: 204.474.6524 fax: 204.269.1299 front desk: 204.474.6822
101 University Centre, U of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2N2

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

UMSL Student Conference

University of Missouri-St. Louis
March 9-11, 2012 Gateway Graduate Conference in Philosophy

Keynote Speakers:

Amie L. Thomasson, University of Miami
Gillian Russell, Washington University
Berit Brogaard, University of Missouri-Saint Louis

Call For Papers

The graduate students of the University of Missouri-St. Louis invite high quality paper submissions in the areas of metaphysics, ontology, ethics and related subjects in the philosophy of art.

Submission guidelines

● Presenters must be college/university students or postgraduate students.

● Papers must be suitable for a 25 to 30 minute presentation (not to exceed 3500 words or roughly 10–12 pages).

● Papers must be prepared for blind review. All identifying information, including paper title, name, email and 300 words (or less) abstract, must be placed on a separate cover page.

● Email submissions, in either *.pdf, *.docx, *.doc, or *.rft format, and all inquiries to Hannah Bondurant at or John Camacho at by January 2nd 2012.

University of Toronto Scarborough's Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

The University of Toronto Scarborough's Undergraduate Philosophy Conference
showcases undergraduate work in philosophy from around the world. This
year, we are also offering students the opportunity to be published in our
undergraduate journal of philosophy, *Noumena*. *Noumena* is printed
annually, and accepts submissions electronically throughout the academic

Our conference is scheduled to take place March 10, 2012 and features Dr.
Ruth Chang (Rutgers University) as keynote speaker. We will be selecting
four undergraduate presenters this year and up to eight papers for
publication in *Noumena. *We will be accepting papers from now until
midnight, January 16, 2012. Students should expect to hear from us
concerning selection for the conference by January 30, 2012.

I ask that you please extend an invitation to participate in this year's
conference to the students in your department. I have attached a
compressed file containing a promotional poster (in two sizes) that you may
print and share with your department and a PDF listing the specific
submission guidelines for this year's conference. Additional information
about this year's conference is available online at or you may email me at to request specific information.


David Balcarras
Vice President External
Association of Philosophy Students
University of Toronto Scarborough

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Call for Papers: Waterloo Graduate Student Conference

Philosophy Graduate Student Association:
Nineteenth Annual Graduate Conference in Philosophy 

March 1 & 2, 2012

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Helen Longino
Stanford University

Call for Papers 
Submission Deadline: January 2, 2012

We welcome high quality submissions from graduate students in all areas of philosophy. Papers in the areas of philosophy of scienceobjectivitypluralism, and social epistemology will be given special consideration. Given Dr. Longino’s work on gender theory and feminism we particularly encourage submissions in these areas as well.

Submission Requirements:

Papers should be between 4000 and 5000 words. They must be prepared for blind review and must include, on a separate cover sheet, the following information:

Paper title
Author’s name
Institutional affiliation
E-mail address
A short abstract
Word count

Please e-mail your submissions in any of .doc, .docx or .pdf format to:

For more information about the University of Waterloo Philosophy Graduate Student Association and its activities, please visit:

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Call for Papers: Graduate Conference in Aesthetics

Graduate Conference in Aesthetics
April 22, 2012
Independence Park Hotel, Philadelphia

Keynote Speaker:
Sherri Irvin (University of Oklahoma)

Sponsored by the American Society for Aesthetics and the Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium

Call for Papers:
Papers in any area of aesthetics, in both “analytic” and “continental” traditions, are invited from students enrolled in any graduate program in philosophy. Submissions must make a useful contribution to existing literature in a subfield, but should be understandable to aestheticians outside of that subfield. Five submissions will be selected for presentation.

The submission deadline is Friday, January 6, 2012.

For students whose papers have been accepted, $300 will be awarded towards transportation costs. A further $200 prize will be awarded to a student with an outstanding paper.

Papers must be less than 3,000 words (not including footnotes), accompanied by a 100-word abstract, and prepared for blind review. Submissions must be in .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf format. Please send submissions and questions to John Dyck:

Note that the American Society for Aesthetics Eastern Division meeting occurs immediately before the Graduate Conference in Aesthetics, also in Philadelphia. Graduate students are encouraged to submit papers to the ASA-Eastern, but please note that authors may not submit the same paper to both the ASA-Eastern and the Graduate Conference in Aesthetics. The same author(s) may submit different papers to both conferences.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Call for Papers: Syracuse Philosophy Graduate Student Conference


2012 Syracuse Philosophy Graduate Student Conference

Friday, April 13 & Saturday, April 14

Keynote Speakers: David Estlund (Brown) & Mark Heller (Syracuse)

Paper submission deadline: Jan 15th, 2012
Send submissions to:

Papers should be suitable for a 25-30 minute presentation (no more
than 4000 words). SU philosophy graduate students will serve as
commentators on papers presented at the conference.

Submissions must be prepared for blind review and sent as either a PDF
or Word file.

In the text of your email, please include your name, contact
information, and a short abstract (max 150 words).

We welcome submissions in all areas of philosophy.

Conference Organizers:
Amy Massoud and Kendall Englund

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Bursaries and Scholarships

Hi everyone,

If you would like some money, check this out:

Its for the University College Endowment Fund.

More applications are needed!

I put some of the forms downstairs in the phil. offices. If you have any questions come on down to the Provost's Office.

N.B. being a member of the College costs you nothing.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Dan Korman Call for Commentators and Snarky Chalmers Reply

Dan Korman
Call for commentators for the upcoming Illinois Philosophical Association Meeting in DeKalb, IL (Nov 18-19). Keynote: Michael Tooley. Email me if you'd like to comment on (or would like more info about) any of these papers.
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I would volunteer to comment, but that is the weekend that Dennis Witcomb will be here. You are not similarly constrained. (Though meeting Dennis is clearly a win, commenting at a conference is no fail.)

Thursday, October 13, 2011


*Pensées* *Canadiennes *is a national philosophy journal that showcases the
work of talented undergraduate students from all across Canada to a wide
audience. Published annually every April, the 2011-12 volume will mark *
Pensées*´ tenth volume, and we are proud to continue its excellent
reputation and quality. Each year, we publish a selection of exceptional
undergraduate papers and conduct an interview with a distinguished Canadian

A team of approximately six editors - together with Lyndon and Maxwell -
will be responsible for selecting the papers to be published via a
double-blind peer review process. We accept applications from any
undergraduate philosophy student enrolled in a Canadian university.
Interested applicants must include: (1) name; (2) university; (3) year of
study (e.g., third year); (4) areas of philosophical specialization and
competence; (5) editing (or other relevant) experience; (6) philosophical
credentials (awards, publications, etc.).

Applications should be sent to by November 3.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Best wishes,

Lyndon Entwistle and Maxwell Ramstead

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

UT Graduate Conference in Philosophy

Call For Papers
Varieties of Possibility:

Logical, Metaphysical, Epistemic and Practical
The 12th Annual University of Toronto Graduate Conference in Philosophy
March 30 & 31, 2012, with Keynote Speaker:
Timothy Williamson, University of Oxford

What is it for something to be possible? And what have possibilities to do with us and the world? Can envisioning them tell us something about what there is and how to act? How do we know that something is possible, and how should we reason about it? Is there a core conception of possibility that runs through all such questions? If not, in what relations do these various conceptions stand?

The graduate students of philosophy at the University of Toronto invite papers exploring these and related issues for their 12th annual graduate conference. We welcome submissions from all fields in philosophy, including those making connections to other disciplines, and especially encourage those engaging the history of philosophy. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

The logic of future contingents in ancient and contemporary philosophy
The concept of potentiality (dunamis) in ancient thought, and its relation to the modern notion of possibility
Developments in medieval theories of modality in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries
The relations among various sorts of possibility, e.g., logical, conceptual, epistemic, metaphysical, mathematical, nomological, technological or practical
The relations between various sorts of possibility and various kinds of modal logic, e.g., alethic, doxastic, deontic and so on
Quantified modal logic and the Barcan Formula
Realism and antirealism about possibilia
The existence of unactualized or unactualizable possibilities
The connections between intuitions, evidence, conceivability and possibility in counterfactual or thought experimental reasoning
The relations between skeptical possibilities, justification and what it means 'to know that p'
The conceptual relations between the notions of possibility and probability
The supervenience of the normative on the natural, i.e. the impossibility of an identical world having the same natural but different normative properties
The bearing of the principle of alternate possibilities on free-will and moral responsibility
The best of all possible worlds and Leibniz's philosophical theology
The role of utopias or ideal social arrangements in political and ethical thought
The relation between the possibility of discourse and democratic institutions

Deadline for submission: JANUARY 5, 2012

Please submit through EasyChair. Submissions must be in doc(x) or pdf format and prepared for blind review. Papers should not exceed 4000 words and abstracts should not exceed 300 words. Only one submission per author. Limited travel stipends are available, with special funds for exceptional papers in ancient and medieval philosophy.
Contact: Geordie McComb

Friday, October 7, 2011

Feagin Fail Movies

We talked in class today about movies that didn't quite conform to Feagin's idea of tragedies as works for which one's positive meta-response outweighs the negative direct-response. _Happiness_, _Requiem for a Dream_ and _White Ribbon_ were mentioned. What other notable cases have you encountered, and how did they have a troubling meta-response. _Freaks_ comes to mind for me.


October 16th, 2011
Great Hall, University College
2-5 pm

This will be a family friendly event, so bring your partners and children if you got them!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

University of Manitoba Speaker Series

Fall Term:
Sept. 30: Dan Korman, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign
Nov. 4: Derek Brown, Brandon University
Nov. 18: Dennis Whitcomb, Western Washington University
Nov. 25: Esa Diaz-Leon, University of Manitoba

Winter Term:
Jan. 20: Meena Krishnamurthy, University of Manitoba
Feb. 10: Simone Mahrenholz, University of Manitoba
Mar. 9: Shieva Kleinschmidt, University of Southern California
Mar. 23: David Liebesman, Boston University

COPYRIGHT: What Graduate Students Need To Know

What Graduate Students Need To Know
Copyright is complex. Attend an information session for an overview on copyright law,
fair dealing, when copyright permission is needed, how to obtain permission, using free resources, and more.
You are responsible for ensuring you do not infringe copyright. Remember, use it fairly - keep it legal.

Fort Garry session

Thursday, October 20, 2011
9:00 am – 10:30 am
Cross Common Room, St. John’s College

Bannatyne session

Monday, October 31, 2011
9:00 am – 10:30 am
Theatre A, Basic Medical Sciences Bldg

Online evening session
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Central Standard Time (CST)
Connect from your home or office
RSVP to pre-register
High-speed Internet and speakers/earbuds needed

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

CHARLES TAYLOR @ The University of Winnipeg

Charles Taylor @ the University of Winnipeg (take 2)

Due to illness, last years lecture was cancelled. I was just informed that they are trying to make it happen yet.
Here is the info.

Topic: Solidarity and Diversity in a Secular Age: Managing Belief and Unbelief in the Public Square
Date: Wednesday October 19th, 2011
Time: 7:30pm
Location: University of Winnipeg (515 Portage Avenue)
Free Admission. Talk takes place in the U of W’s Eckhardt-Grammate Hall.

Globally renowned Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor will deliver a lecture titled “Solidarity and Diversity in a Secular Age: Managing Belief and Unbelief in the Public Square,” which is based on his 2007 magnum opus, A Secular Age.

Dr. Taylor is Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Philosophy at McGill University. He was the co-chair of the Taylor-Bouchard Commission on Reasonable Accommodation in Quebec. Dr. Taylor was the recipient of the 2008 Kyoto Prize in arts and philosophy and the 2007 Templeton Prize for progress towards research or discoveries about spiritual realities, which included a cash award of US$1.5 million.

Highly respected sociologist of religion Robert Bellah has called A Secular Age “one of the most important books to be written in my lifetime.”

“The change I want to define and trace is one which takes us from a society in which it was virtually impossible not to believe in God, to one in which faith, even for the staunchest believer, is one human possibility among others,” Dr. Taylor writes in the book.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

IHS Summer Seminars on Liberty - Current Issues & Careers

IHS Summer Seminars on Liberty - Current Issues & Careers
Dear Student Coordinator,

There are three weeks left for students to apply to our Summer Seminars on liberty. We offer 12 weeklong seminars that explore ideas such as free expression and equality under the law and how these ideas apply to topics in history, philosophy, law, and economics.

Our topical seminars focus on political and economic theories such as the invisible hand and their relationship to current issues, including immigration and the size of government. The Exploring Liberty seminar examines the foundations of a free society, while the Liberty & Society seminar delves into the ideas of thinkers such as F.A. Hayek and John Locke.

The career-oriented seminars explain how classical liberal insights apply to careers in public policy, journalism, and academia. The Journalism & a Free Society seminar features acclaimed journalists such as the senior editor of Reason Magazine. Liberty & Leviathan analyzes non-governmental solutions to current policy issues. For future academics, I recommend the research workshop, Scholarship & a Free Society.

View the seminar schedule.

Students can get a preview of seminar lectures by watching full length talks at our new beta lecture site Many videos feature professors on our seminar faculty.

There is no cost to attend. Participants only cover their travel to one of the college campus locations throughout the United States.

Students who apply by March 15 are eligible to receive a free book such as The Law or Economics in One Lesson. The final application deadline is March 31.

Please tell your students about the Summer Seminars.

More information is at
Download our three program flyers.
Share the seminar URL on social media: post to Facebook; post to Twitter.
I appreciate your help.



Keri Anderson
Student Coordinator
Institute for Humane Studies
Connect with IHS


Institute for Humane Studies - 3301 N Fairfax Drive, Suite 440 - Arlington, VA 22201-4432

Monday, March 7, 2011

The Nature of Law: Contemporary Perspectives

A call for Commentators and Notice of McMaster Univesity’s upcoming conference:

The Nature of Law: Contemporary Perspectives

May 13-15th, 2011
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

McMaster University’s Philosophy Department is pleased to invite philosophers and legal scholars to attend and to comment upon the main-program papers of our conference, The Nature of Law: Contemporary Perspectives. If you would like the opportunity to offer your critical expertise within this event, please attend to the information below. Or, if you are just interested attending this international forum for legal theory, please see our webiste at:

Information for Commentators:

Theoretical Background Request: To best match our program-papers with our commentators, please provide us with:
1) A short (100 words max.) expression of interest, pertaining to which paper you would like to comment upon, and why.
2) Your (short or long) CV, in Word format.

Contact Information:
1) Please send this information to:
2) Please use “CFC Reply” as the subject line of your correspondence.

Deadline: We will begin rolling acceptances for commentators on March 25th, 2011, in order to give us time to find the best matches.

Session Format:
Main papers will be approximately 30 minutes long. And, your commentary will be expected to last 10-15 minutes (maximum).

Conference Content:
The Nature of Law: Contemporary Perspectives includes work from a diverse and reknowned group of scholars, including six keynote sessions. The opportunity for commentary is restricted to the main-program papers, listed below:

Keynote Speakers:

Julie Dickson
Mike Giudice
Matthew Kramer
Brian Leiter
Margaret Martin
Mark Murphy
Scott Shapiro

Main-Program Presenters:

Brian Bix (University of Minnesota School of Law) “The Radbruch Formula”

Tom Campbell (Australia National University College of Law) “Explanation and Prescription in Applied Legal Philosophy”

Jonathan Crowe (T. C. Beirne School of Law) “Four Routes to the Dependence Thesis”

Andrea Dolcetti (Oxford) and Giovanni Ratti (University of Girona) “Legal Disagreements and the Dual Nature of Law”

Kenneth Ehrenberg (SUNY- Buffalo) “Three Arguments Against the Razian Notion that Law Claims to Exclude”

Imer Flores (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico) “The Problem of the Nature of Law and of Legal Rationality Revisited”

Ken Himma (Seattle Pacific University) “Hart and Austin Together Again for the First Time”

Barry Hoffmaster (University of Western Ontario Dept of Philosophy) “The Rationality of Judging and Judges”

Allan Hutchinson (Osgoode Hall Law School) “Law's Natures”

Katherine Kim (Wayne State University) “Acceptability, Impartiality, and Peremptory Norms of General International Law”

Sari Kisilevskey (Queens College, CUNY) “Easy Cases And Social Sources: Towards a New Defence of Legal Positivism”

Barbara Levenbrook (North Carolina State University) “How to Hold the Social Fact Thesis—a Reply to Greenberg and Toh”

David Plunkett (UCLA School of Law) “Legal Positivism and Judicial Interpretative Practice”

Dan Priel (Osgoode Hall School of Law) “The Significance of Politics to Debates about the Nature of Law”

Anthony Reeves (Binghamton University) “The Authority of Law in Nascent Legal Systems: The Moral Claims of International Law”

Arie Rosen (New York University) “The Normative Fallacy Regarding Authority”

Fred Schauer (University of Virginia) “On the Nature of the Nature of Law”

Roger Shiner (University of Alberta) “Neuro-Science and the Nature of Law”

Natalie Stoljar (McGill), “Three Concepts of Law”

Noel Struchiner (Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro) “No Empathy Towards Empathy”

For the full schedule of conference events, see:

For general conference information, see:

Thursday, February 3, 2011

First Year in Focus - Maximizing Student Retention - Everyones Responsibility

McGraw-Hill Ryerson is coming to Newfoundland and Labrador on May 8, 9 and 10, 2011 to partner with Memorial University and the College of the North Atlantic for their 38th National Teaching and Learning Conference. Additionally, this is the third Canadian First Year Experience conference.

The main theme of this conference will be “student retention”.

Once our students have chosen your institution for their education, what factors influence their success? What roles do learning and social environments and support mechanisms play? This conference will examine current insights around factors that influence the success of first year students, as well as best practices, and lessons learned.

For more information, to submit a proposal and to register, please visit:

To find this conference, select “May” from the drop down menu in the search tool.

Deadline for proposals is February 28th, 2011

We look forward to receiving your proposal and seeing you in Newfoundland!

The Conference Team: Memorial University of Newfoundland, College of the North Atlantic, McGraw-Hill Ryerson

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011


IHS Summer Seminars for Philosophy Students
Dear Student Coordinator,

We invite your students to attend our Summer Seminars on the ideas of liberty. We offer 12 seminars that touch on philosophical ideas and approaches as part of an interdisciplinary curriculum that includes topics in law, history, and economics.

Our seminars are designed for students of all levels, from undergraduates starting a philosophy major, to rising juniors and seniors planning their careers, to graduate students involved with academic research.

These seminars may be of particular interest to your students:

Exploring Liberty: Where do rights come from? An introduction to the foundations of a free society - philosophical, economic, and historical.

Morality, Capitalism, & Freedom: A moral and philosophical look at the free market system.

Liberty & Society: The ideas of Hayek, Mises, and Adam Smith and topics such as competing ideas of justice and the role of the state.

Scholarship & a Free Society: The classical liberal tradition as a paradigm for graduate research. Featuring philosopher David Schmidtz of the University of Arizona.

Students can look forward to an informative and fun week spent with peers committed to learning. A typical seminar day includes lectures, discussion groups, free time in the afternoon, and a nightly reception. Professors are available throughout the seminars to answer questions.

All students receive a full scholarship covering lodging, meals, and materials. The seminars take place on college campuses throughout the United States, from late May to late July. View the Seminar Schedule.

Many students tell us they learn about the seminars from their departments. Please share this opportunity with your students. Our program flyers for bulletin boards and distribution (featured on the right) are available in PDF format.

Discuss Liberty

Graduate Student Seminar

List of Seminars

I appreciate your help and hope to see your students this summer.



Keri Anderson
Student Coordinator
Institute for Humane Studies


Institute for Humane Studies - 3301 N Fairfax Drive, Suite 440 - Arlington, VA 22201-4432


To: All Graduate Advisors From: Alice Foster} Convocation
Re: Use of University of Manitoba e-mail addresses required of all students
January 11} 2011
The Convocation Office corresponds with all graduating students through e-mail only. We no longer
send graduation and convocation information through Canada Post.
As a result of the e-mail difficulties we experienced with service providers outside the University this
past fall} all e-mails are being sent to graduating students} U of M e-mail addresses ONLY. All students}
including all Graduate students} MUST use their umanitoba accounts.

Students graduating February 2} 2011 must use their umanitoba account. IF they do not have a umanitoba e-mail address in their Aurora record} information will be sent automatically to the personal account. However} if there is a umanitoba account} IT WILL BE USED.
If they have an account but have forgotten their passwords} they can call 474-9788 or stop by the Computer Support offices (123 Fletcher Argue) .

Students who are current1ly registered and who have not claimed their accounts can do so at .
If they have an account but have forgotten their passwords} they can call 474-9788 or stop by the Computer Support offices (123 Fletcher Argue).
These accounts do have limited space and must be ucleaned ouf} regularly to ensure that critical e-mails reach the recipients.
I am asking your assistance in this. I believe you are one of the groups of people on campus which has regular contact with Graduate students. Could I ask you to please advise all your Graduate students
that they need to claim their accounts and check them regularly. They should not forward their U of M account to an outside provider in case we run into a similar situation as this past fall.
If there are any questions} please contact me (afoster@cc.umantioba .ca or 6018).
Than~ so much} everybody! ! I really appreciate your help in this.

So You Think You Can Dance Your Thesis?

** Call for Submissions **

Tired of not being able to explain your thesis/dissertation to your friends and family?
Want to raise money for a good cause and compete for fabulous prizes?
Want an excuse to party on a Monday night?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, we invite you submit a proposal to ‘So You Think You Can Dance Your Thesis!’
The Snowy Owl Monarchist Society, in conjunction with International Women’s Day, is organising this event as a fundraiser for the RebELLEs’ 2nd Pan-Canadian Young Feminist Gathering!
What we’re looking for: Performance pieces, 1 to 4ish minutes in length, about your thesis or dissertation. The author (you!) has to be in the piece. You can have props, costumes, other dancers, etc. to help you. Looking for inspiration? Check out for some performances from UNBC’s edition of SYTYCDYT.
When is this happening and where? Monday, March 7, 2011 at Gio’s Club & Bar, 155 Smith St., Winnipeg
Criteria: You just need to be a student currently working on (or relatively recently completed) a thesis or dissertation.
Judging: Three fabulous judges will award 50% of the points, while the other 50% will come from the audience vote (so bring your friends!). And there will be prizes for the top three performances!
Interested? Submit an overview of your thesis/dissertation (and the faculty you’re in), along with a brief description of your performance concept to Because of the show’s theme, some preference will be given to Women’s & Gender Studies students, but preference will also be given to students from as many fields as possible (this means you, Icelandic and Zoology students!) DEADLINE for submission is Sunday, February 14, 2011.
Hosted by the one and only Tyra Boinks (aka. Prof. Teera Boinkus, Doctor of Brazierology)
Please contact Craig and Owen at the e-mail address above if you have any questions!