Fall 2012

Reuben Fuller-Bennett, a Brooklyn College student, wrote the article "The Right-Wing Neglect of Happiness" in the 2012 volume of Ephemeris, the undergraduate philosophy journal of Union College.

Lucy Stack, a Brooklyn College student, presented her paper "Nature as Text in the Work of Friedrich Nietzsche" at the 7th Annual Undergradute Philosopohy Conference, Southern Illinois University (Edwardsville, Ill.) in November.

The Philosophy Department hosted an Open House for Advising for the Spring 2013 semester on Thursday, November 29th, from 12:15 to 2:15 p.m. in the Philosophy Resource Center, 3308 Boylan Hall. Have you pondered what to take next semester or want to know more about philosophy majors and minors or want to become involved with the Philosophy Society? Get all these questions answered and more at the open house. You will also have the opportunity to meet with faculty and advisers, and, best of all, there will be free food!

The Brooklyn College Philosophy Department presented The Sheila and Wilbur Liebson Ethics Colloquium: HeLa's Troubled Legacy: Medicine, Ethics, and Other Puzzles of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks on Thursday, November 15th, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Bedford Lounge in the Student Center.

Assistant Professor Christine Vitrano presented her paper "Is Unhappiness Irrational?" at the New Jersey Regional Philosophical Association Conference on Saturday, November 10th.

Assistant Professor Michael Menser presented his paper "Using Participatory Budgeting to Promote Political Equality and Ecological Sustainability in the NYC Region" at the From the Outside In: Sustainable Futures for Global Cities and Suburbs Conference at Hofstra University (Hempstead, N.Y.) on Thursday, November 8th.

Assistant Professor Michael Menser presented his paper "The Political Ecology of Participatory Budgeting" at the Annual Meeting of the International Association for Environmental Philosophy in Rochester, N.Y., on Monday, November 5th.

Lecturer Penny Repetti (Philosophy Department and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Initiative at Brooklyn College) gave a talk on "Effective Strategies for Enhancing Student Learning" on Tuesday, October 30th, from 12:45 to 2 p.m. in 2420 Boylan Hall (Center for Teaching). Repetti discussed several teaching strategies used to enhance student learning, interest, attendance and participation in the classroom. An open discussion followed that allowed attendees to share teaching strategies, the problems faced when trying to motive students, and how to encourage classroom attendance.

A Conference on Kant's Critique of Judgment took place at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 55 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y., on Thursday, October 25th and Friday, October 26th. The conference was free and open to the public.

A free practice test event was held at Brooklyn College! Students could sign up to take a free GRE, LSAT or MCAT practice test in order to find out how they would score on such exams. The Magner Career Center and Kaplan Test Prep offered this free test on Friday, October 26th at 11:00 AM in the Brooklyn College Library. Free food and beverages were provided. Scores were returned at the end of the event show that participants could determine how they performed on these exams.

Omar Freilla, from Green Worker Cooperatives, gave a talk on "Bringing Democracy into the Workplace: Worker Cooperatives in New York City" on Tuesday, October 16th. This talk was moderated by Assistant Professor Michael Menser and sponsored by the BC Sustainability Club.

The Magner Career Center held a Pre-Law Student Orientation on Tuesday, October 2nd from 12:30 to 2:30 PM and on Wednesday, October 3rd from 4:30 to 6:00 PM in 1309 James Hall. Professor Anna Gotlib (Pre-Law Faculty Adviser, Philosophy Department) served on this Pre-Law panel. Those in attendance found out about what Brooklyn College has to offer to prepare students for law school and received Brooklyn College’s new Pre-Law Handbook.