Events at Brooklyn College

Fall 2014

Underrepresentation in Philosophy

Discussion Led by Professors Anna Gotlib, Serene Khader, Dena Shottenkirk, and Justin Steinberg

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
12:30 - 2:00 PM, 3308 Boylan Hall

According to data collected by the American Philosophical Association, only about 1 in 5 professional philosophers are women, and fewer than 5% of Ph.D. candidates from 1995 -2009 come from traditionally underrepresented minority groups. Why are women and minorities so underrepresented in philosophy departments? And what can be done about it?

Professors Gotlib, Khader, Shottenkirk, and Steinberg will be leading a discussion about the problem of underrepresentation of women and minorities in philosophy. You are all encouraged to join the discussion.

We will also discuss the possibility of applying for a Brooklyn College chapter of Minorities and Philosophy [MAP]. Perhaps more than any existing chapter, Brooklyn College has a truly diverse group of philosophy enthusiasts (majors and non-majors alike), and it would be great if we could be part of this growing and important organization. We will be joined by CUNY grad student and MAP member Eric Bayruns.

For more information, please view the flier.

Please note: If you are interested in being part of the MAP chapter, but are unable to attend the meeting, please email Professor Justin Steinberg.

Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions: Free GRE, LSAT, and MCAT 2015 Practice Tests

Friday, October 10, 2014

Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions is holding free GRE, LSAT, and MCAT 2015 practice tests in Brooklyn! On Friday, October 3rd, free practice tests will be given at St. Francis College. On Friday, October 10th, free practice tests will be held at Brooklyn College.

For more information, please view the flier.

Brooklyn College Department of Psychology Graduate Colloquium Series Presents: A "photosynthesis": Polarized Light and the Neurochemical Organization of the Visual System in an Octopus Brain

Speaker: Judit Pungor, University of Chicago

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
12:30 - 1:30pm, 5301 James Hall

ABSTRACT: Cephalopods are highly visual animals that use eyesight to hunt prey and avoid predation, as well as to find mates and communicate with conspecifics. Although superficially similar, the elaborate and very capable visual systems of cephalopods and vertebrates evolved independently, resulting in one of the most stunning examples of convergent evolution. The octopus eye appears astonishingly similar anatomically to our own, but possessed unique capabilities, such as the ability to detect polarized light, that have developed to help the animal cope with the visual challenges of the underwater world. Using electrophysiology, we documented the initial stages of polarized light processing in the retina of Octopus bimaculoides, and found that even on the level of retinal output, octopuses appear to have the potential for not only polarization sensitivity, but true polarization vision. Using in-situ hybridization to explore further into the visual processing system, we characterized cholinergic and glutamatergic pathways in the optic lobe, which will allow us to better understand the higher levels of cortical organization in this fascinating, and highly capable, visual system.

Click here to view the flier for more information.

Magner Career Center: Pre-Law Networking Night

Thursday, October 2, 2014
6:00 - 8:00pm, Student Center, Occidental Lounge

This event is a great opportunity for students to make connections that could prove to be vital to their future career. With esteemed Legal professionals, Law School Instructors, Law School Deans, and Judges in attendance, this event is going to be a great hands-on learning experience. You will be able to converse and connect with these various people who are eager to share their knowledge and insights with you.

For more information, please view the flier.

If you have any questions, please contact Pamela Brown (Magner Career Center counselor).

First Year Thursday: Faculty Panel Discussion of Gary Shteyngart's "Little Failure"

Thursday, October 2, 2014
12:30 - 2:00pm, Student Center, Jefferson-Williams Lounge

Brooklyn College's First College Year Program presents, First Year Thursday: A Faculty Panel Discussion of Gary Shteyngart's "Little Failure" , featuring panelists Ellen Belton (English), Doug Cohen (Music), Anna Gotlib (Philosophy), and Lauren Mancia (History). The panelists will discuss the book's prominent themes of first-generation alienation, the state of education in the U.S., and learning to understand a foreign land through food, language, and music. This event is open to the entire Brooklyn College community.

For more information, please view the flier.

A Conversation With Gary Shteyngart
Author of "Little Failure", 2014 First-Year Common Reading

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
12:30 - 2:30pm, Whitman Auditorium

Brooklyn College's First Year Program proudly presents, A Conversation With Gary Shteyngart , who is the author of the critically-acclaimed "Little Failure", the 2014 First-Year Common Reading. Every freshman has been given a copy of the book, and dozens of professors are currently teaching "Little Failure" across the college. There will be a live discussion, selected readings, and a book signing. This event will be engaging, insightful, entertaining, while also giving students the chance to meet the author and ask questions. The event is open to the entire Brooklyn College community.

For more information, please view the flier.

Brooklyn College Department of Psychology Graduate Colloquium Series Presents: Visual Perception in Grey Parrots

Speaker: Irene Pepperberg

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
12:30 - 1:30pm, 5117 James Hall

ABSTRACT: Studies of optical illusions in birds-small, flighted prey animals with likely a greater need than humans for visual accuracy-provide insights into avian processing. Using Grey parrots (Psittacus erithacus) that were previously taught English labels for various colors and shapes with respect to three-dimensional stimuli, and that could label the color of the bigger or smaller of two items, we tested one bird's abilities on the Müller-Lyer illusion, under varying conditions of angle and size contrast between the central line and the arrows, and under control conditions when arrows are replaced by vertical bars. We also tested whether another parrot could transfer to two-dimensional images using modal and amodal completion stimuli. For modal completion (aka subjective contours), Kanizsa figures were constructed using black 'pac-men' to form regular polygons on colored paper. For amodal completion, portions of variously colored regular 2D polygons were occluded by black circles or other black figures. We draw several conclusions from the parrots' successful responses. First, it appears that a human visual system is not a requirement for success; second, parrots with vocal abilities like Griffin's can be rigorously tested for visual competencies, an option not readily available with other experimental animals.

Click here to view the flier for more information.

Magner Career Center: Pre-Law Student Orientation

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
12:30 - 2:30pm, Brooklyn College Library, Room 411

Discover the answers to inquiries aspiring law students may have such as "When should I start applying?", "How do I apply for scholarships and internships?", and "What should I include in a Personal Statement?".

Meet with the Pre-Law Counseling Team and guest speakers. BC Alumni will discuss their career paths, offer details on skills needed to pursue a law career and reflect upon their personal law school experiences. In addition, there will be a presentation on the "Basics of Intellectual Property" by Goodwin Procter LLP and representatives from Kaplan will talk about the LSAT Prep Course. 

Please register on the Brooklyn College Portal via the Career Tab. If you have any questions, please contact Pamela Brown (Magner Career Center counselor).

For more information, please view the flier.

LAMEM Colloquia

The Late Antique-Medieval-Early Modern (LAMEM) Faculty Working Group @ Brooklyn College presents the LAMEM Colloquia, a series of lectures focusing on various topics such as "Transitioning Antiquities", "Classifying The Middle Ages", and "Early Modern Visionaries". These lectures will be taking place throughout the semester.

Please view the flyer for more details. If you wish to find out more information or have any questions concerning these events, please contact Lauren Mancia.

Spring 2014

Sprague & Taylor Annual Lecture:
Philosophizing about Sex: A Sampler

Thursday, May 8, 2014
Starts at 2:15pm, Bedford Lounge, 2nd Floor, Student Center

The Philosophy Dept. will be hosting its annual Sprague & Taylor Lecture on Thursday, May 8, 2014. The event will begin at 2:15pm in the Bedford Lounge, which is located on the 2nd floor of the Student Center. Professor Ronald de Sousa (University of Toronto) will be speaking on "Philosophizing about Sex: A Sampler".

The word 'sex' designates two large areas of concern: sex as dimorphism and erotic sex. Philosophers' first concern is with definition and analysis: what actually are sex and gender, and what precisely is erotic sex? In this talk, I'll give two examples: one concerns sexual dimorphism; the second concerns the relation between what is “natural” and what is generally considered “normal” or even “moral” in matters of erotic sex. Both have important consequences for socio-psychological issues that have aroused powerful political passions.

Click here to view the event flier.

The Late-Antique, Medieval, Early Modern Faculty Group (LAMEM) Inaugural Colloquium

Thursday, May 1, 2014
Starting at 5pm, 2405 Boylan (Costas Memorial Classics Library)

LAMEM Inaugural Colloquium will be featuring speakers Lauren Mancia (History) and Bilal Ibrahim (History) and will be chaired by Andrew Arlig (Philosophy). Mancia will be speaking on "Reading John of Fécamp in the Eleventh-Century Monastery" and Ibrahim will be speaking on "Categories of Knowledge from Ancient to Medieval Islamic Thought: The Rational, The Scientific, and The Mystical." For more details, view the event flier.

Open House for Advising

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
12:15 - 2:00pm, 3308 Boylan [Resource Center, Philosophy Dept.]

Meet with faculty and departmental advisers. Find out information about our Fall 2014 course offerings. For more information, please view the flyer.

Cyber Privacy: Ethics, Policy, and Technology

Thursday, April 24, 2014
11:00am - 3:00pm, Occidental Room, 5th Floor, Student Center

A Spring Symposium on Cyber Privacy: Ethics, Policy and Technology, co-sponsored by the Philosophy Department and Honors Academy, will be held on Thursday, April 24th from 11:00am to 3:00pm in the Occidental Room located on the fifth floor of the Student Center.

The topic of discussion will be Who's monitoring your web activity and why should you care? Speakers include Frederick S. Lane, author of "Cybertraps for the Young", and David Auerbach, author of "You Are What You Click". Panelists include Anna Gotlib, Samir Chopra, and Mobina Hashimi. Click here to view the event flier.

Magner Career Center Internship Panel:
Government, Law, Technology, and Teaching Abroad

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
12:30 - 2:30pm, Room 411 (Multi-Purpose Room), Brooklyn College Library

The event will include 8 guest speakers that will share pertinent information on networking skills, benefits of doing an internships and how to market yourself globally. This event will broaden students’ appreciation and interest in studying, interning and working abroad as well. We encourage students to attend this event as finding out how to take advantage of internship opportunities can make the difference in the number and quality of job opportunities as well as the level of salary offers one can receive from potential employers. For more information, please view the flier.

The Sheila and Wilbur Liebson Ethics Colloquium:
Happiness & Morality - Is There A Connection?

Thursday, March 27, 2014
12:15 - 2:00pm, 3308 Boylan [Resource Center, Philosophy Dept.]

The Philosophy Department will be hosting the Sheila and Wilbur Liebson Ethics Colloquium: Happiness & Morality - Is There A Connection? on Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 12:15 to 2:00pm in Room 3308 Boylan Hall. A discussion of some themes from Professor Christine Vitrano's book, The Nature and Value of Happiness, will take place. For more information, please view the flier.

Kaplan LSAT Class

March 2 - June 8, 2014

Thinking about law school? For many of you, 2014 will be the year you apply to law school - and one major task stands in your way… the LSAT.

On behalf of the Brooklyn College Pre-Law Department, an exclusive Kaplan LSAT Class will be offered for Brooklyn College students/alumni only!!

Enroll in Brooklyn College's exclusive Kaplan LSAT Advantage On-site Course at a reduced rate.

The LSAT Course will be held at Brooklyn College on Sundays @ 11am - 2pm from March 2nd to June 8th, 2014 in James Hall (Room TBA).

To enroll or get additional info, please contact Erin McCormick (LSAT Educational Advisor). Erin can be contacted at 718-715-0602 or

Fall 2013

Winter Break Business Boot Camp for Liberal Arts Students

Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014

The Magner Career Center is pleased to offer a boot camp on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, to familiarize liberal arts students with a variety of industries and to help ease the transition from college to career.

Boot Camp participants will:

  • Increase awareness of exciting and doable career paths for liberal arts students within business fields
  • Participate in an interactive and résumé building training with the Dale Carnegie Company on transferable skills for the job market
  • Better understand terminology, job functions and skill sets valued by employers in business, finance, management consulting, human resources, advertising and more
  • Expand networks with alumni professionals in diverse fields and learn how to leverage these relationships
  • Hear from a keynote speaker, a Brooklyn College alumnus successful in business with a liberal arts background
  • Learn how to become competitive for opportunities after graduation

The full-day career exploration workshop includes presentations facilitated by Brooklyn College partners, a leadership training, and networking opportunities with alumni.

Date and Location: Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at the Brooklyn College Student Center
Time: 10 a.m. –day participation is required)
Registration: Space is limited to 50 students, so be sure to register now! This program is for liberal arts students only. (This includes any degree in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences; art history, anthropology and psychology majors are also welcome.) Double majors in business and liberal arts will be considered, but preference is given to students without an academic business degree in progress.

If you have any questions about eligibility or other aspects of the program, please e-mail Suzanne Grossman.

Philosophy of the City Conference

Dec. 5 –7, 2013

From ancient Athens to 21st-century Brooklyn! More than 30 presenters from across the United States and the world will come to Brooklyn College to debate and discuss the unique relationship between philosophical investigations and urban life. Topics include immigration and exile; climate change, animal rights and economic development; and democracy, inequality and public life.

View the event flyer and speaker schedule.

For more information and to register go to the Philosophy of the City website.

Open House for Advising

Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013
12:15 –2:15 p.m.
Philosophy Resource Center, 3308 Boylan Hall

Meet with faculty and departmental advisers. Find out information pertaining our spring 2014 course offerings. For more information, please check out the flyer.

Navigating Global Careers and Internships

The Magner Career Center is holding this event where students will have the opportunity to meet with guest speakers from around the globe! The event is taking place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Woody Tanger Auditorium in the library. See flyer for additional details.

Free GRE, LSAT or MCAT Practice Test

Friday, Oct. 4, 2013
11 a.m.
Brooklyn College Library

Want to find out how you would score? You can sign up to take a free GRE, LSAT or MCAT Practice Test. On behalf of the Magner Career Center and Kaplan Test Prep, free GRE, LSAT and MCAT Practice Tests will be offered on campus. Scores will be returned at the end of the event! Registration is free, and we will e-mail room information once as soon as you register.

Spring 2013

Sprague and Taylor Annual Lecture: The Depth of the Skeptical Predicament

Thursday, May 2, 2013
Woody Tanger Auditorium, Brooklyn College Library

The Sprague and Taylor Annual Lecture (in honor of Professor Jonathan Adler) hosted Catherine Z. Elgin, professor of the philosophy of education, Harvard University Graduate School of Education. The topic of discussion was "The Depth of the Skeptical Predicament." For further information regarding this event, please check out the flyer.

Open House for Advising

Thursday, April 25, 2013
12:15 –2:15 p.m.
Philosophy Resource Center, 3308 Boylan Hall

The Philosophy Department hosted an Open House for Advising for the fall 2013 semester. Have you pondered what to take next semester? Want to know more about philosophy majors and minors or to become involved with the Philosophy Society? These questions were answered at the open house. Students also had the opportunity to meet with faculty and advisers.

The Future of Food: A Brooklyn College Symposium

Monday, April 22 –Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Penthouse, Student Center

The Philosophy Department hosted The Future of Food: A Brooklyn College Symposium. This event was organized by Sheldon Krimsky, Carol Zicklin Visiting Professor of Philosophy in the Honors Academy, with support from the Brooklyn College Foundation, in collaboration with Brooklyn College faculty and students. For event details please check out the flyer.

Pre-law Panel: What Can You Do With a Law Degree Other Than Being A Lawyer?

Thursday, April 18, 2013
12:30 –2 p.m.
Philosophy Seminar Room, 3305 Boylan Hall

A pre-law panel discussed "What can you do with a law degree other than being a lawyer? Unique and nontraditional careers for those with a J.D." Panelists included David Bloomfield, Esq. and Pamela J. Pollack, Esq. Those in attendance were able to ask the panelists questions concerning some of the different career paths one can pursue after law school. For more information, please see the flyer.

Pre-law Career Strategy Forum Series Part Il

Thursday, March 14, 2013
12:30 – 2 p.m.
State Lounge, Student Center

The Magner Career Center Pre-Law Career Strategy Forum Series Part II presented guest speakers Barry Hill, Esq., Alan Blum, Esq., Rudy F. Whyte, Esq. and Charisa Smith, Esq. Attendees were able to speak directly with these Brooklyn College alumni. The guest speakers described their career paths and provided details on skills needed to pursue traditional careers in law. A special presentation was given on the 10 lessons of life. Read more about the speakers.

Pre-law Career Strategy Forum Series

The Magner Career Center conducted a Pre-law Career Strategy Forum Series.

Brooklyn College Spring 2013 Job and Internship Fair

Friday, March 8, 2013
11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sixth floor, Student Center

The Brooklyn College Spring 2013 Job and Internship Fair was held. Attendees were asked to bring at least 20 copies of their résumé and to dress in professional attire. More than 75 employers were in attendance at this job fair.