Evan Dutmer (B.A., 2012), who is currently finishing his Ph.D. in philosophy at Northwestern University, will be a full-time, tenure-track Instructor in Latin at the Culver Academies in fall 2018.
It is with sadness that we announce that our former colleague C. Michael Gelven passed away on June 1. Professor Gelven (1937-2018) taught at NIU for 46 years, inspiring generations of students. The author of a dozen books, he served as Distinguished Research Professor from 1997 until his retirement in 2011.
Peter van Elswyk (M.A., 2012) will be assistant professor of philosophy at University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee in fall 2018.
Renee Jorgensen Bolinger (M.A., 2012) will be assistant professor at Princeton University in fall 2019, with appointments in the Department of Politics and the University Center for Human Values.
Junior philosophy major Maggie Hitchcock is recipient of the Austin Sawicki (M.A., 2006) Memorial Scholarship for 2018.
Brianna Campbell and Christopher Copan are co-winners of the 2018 C. Mason and Madeline Myers Graduate Philosophy Award for outstanding achievement in graduate study in philosophy.
Sayid Bnefsi (M.A., 2018) is the Philosophy Department's recipient of the Graduate School's 2018 Outstanding Graduate Student Award, in recognition of distinction in the area of scholarship.
Junior philosophy major Maggie Hitchcock is one of five recipients of the 2018 Forward, Together Forward Scholarship.
Anthony Chiarito (M.A., 2011) has been named one of "The 10 Most Powerful Young People Working in PR Today" by The Observer.
Philosophy major Matthew Wolf won the 2017 Illinois Philosophical Association Undergraduate Student Essay Contest for his essay "Negative Existentials: A Problem of Mistaken Beliefs."
Prof. Valia Allori discusses "Gravity and the Dark Side of Science" at the Institute for Arts and Ideas.
Junior philosophy major and Research Rookie David Lorenzo won Third Place Humanities Prize at the Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day.
James "Twigz" McGuire (M.A., 2016), in his capacity as outreach coordinator for the Jerry L. Johns Literacy Clinic, helped open a Little Free Library to serve the children of Sycamore.
Matthew Babb (B.A., 2006; M.A., 2010) won the 2015 Philosophical Quarterly Essay Prize for his essay "The Essential Indexicality of Intentional Action," which will appear in the July issue of Philosophical Quarterly. Matt is currently a doctoral student in philosophy at University of Southern California.
Tanya Kostochka (M.A., 2013) has become a cartoonist for the philosophy blog Daily Nous. In her day job, Tanya is a doctoral student in philosophy at University of Southern California.
Emma Duncan (M.A., 2015) just published "Trolleys and Transplants: Derailing the Distinction Between Doing and Allowing" in De Ethica. Emma is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program in philosophy at University of California at San Diego.
Renee Jorgensen Bolinger (M.A., 2012), who created the above picture of the Philosophy Department faculty and the Philosopher Portraits series, just had her paper "The Pragmatics of Slurs" published in Noûs. Renee is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program in philosophy at University of Southern California.
Andrew Chapman (M.A., 2009) has become Project Editor of 1000-Word Philosophy, "an ever-growing set of original 1000-word essays on philosophical topics."
Andy Carson (M.A., 2012) has received coverage in The Chronicle of Higher Education for his study of job placement by doctoral programs in philosophy. He has now published a follow-up study reporting on the placement records of M.A. programs in philosophy.