Program  Information

Michael Taber, Chair
240 895 4900
mstaber@smcm.edu

Penny Shissler, Office Clerk
240 895 2159

Program Highlight

The department offers a major and minor in Philosophy and a major and minor in Religious Studies. As an active and energetic department, we are committed towards an intercultural, international and interdisciplinary understanding of the world. We teach across the traditional fields of philosophy and religious studies, and beyond the cultural divides of East and West. Departmental faculty likes to teach in a variety of venues (Nitze Program; Women, Gender and Sexuality; Environmental Studies; Asian Studies; African and African Diaspora Studies), to take students on study tours (Greece, Germany/Poland, India, Thailand, and, in the future, England and Israel), and to bring questions of global relevance to the campus communities through scheduling events with renowned speakers and activists.

Conference Presentations

Students Who Have Presented and/or Received Awards at Undergraduate Conferences

Rachel Spivak attended "Eyewitness":  Tenth Annual Undergraduate Conference, Stevenson University, on April 21, 2010, where she presented a paper titled The State of Education in Burma/Myanmar and the Potential for Establishing a Conditional Cash Transfer Program.

Lisa Whittington attended the 15th Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference at SUNY Oneonta, New York, in April 2010, where she presented a paper on The Art Religion: Reflections of Basho's Haikai in Nishitani's Philosophy.

Zach Cooke attended Undergraduate Ethics Symposium at the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, in April 2010, where he presented "Butterflies," a piece of his creative-reflective writing.

Rhett Greenfield attended the 6th Annual North Georgia Student Philosophy Conference in April 2009 and presented a paper on Getting Clear About Human Nature: Young's Dilemma; he presented a longer version the 2009 Undergraduate Conference at SUNY Oneonta.

William Hasek attended the 6th Annual North Georgia Student Philosophy Conference in April 2009 and presented a paper on Invidious Coherencies: Davidson and Identity Politics.

Beth Fuller attended the 3rd Annual Undergraduate Conference in Medieval Studies at Moravian College in December 2008, presenting a paper titled Jewish Women in the Ottoman Empire.

Oscar Sinclair attended the Mid-West Regional meeting of the American Academy of Religion in April 2008 and presented a paper titled Religion and Racial Separation in Pre-Apartheid South Africa.

Lisa Crear attended the 17th Annual Women & Society Conference in 2008, Women's Conversion to American Protestant Fundamentalism: The Appeal of Traditional Gender Roles.

Scott Zuke attended the SUNY Oneonta Undergraduate Philosophy Conference in 2007 and presented a paper on Satyagraha: Tracking a Cultural Exchange; he won the Ninash Foundation East-West Award for Asian and Comparative Philosophy; Scott was also accepted as external reviewer for the second volume of Stance: An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal.

James Giangregorio attended the SUNY Oneonta Undergraduate Philosophy Conference in 2007 and presented a paper on Zen Master Dogen's Unity of Practice and Enlightenment, which received the Ninash Foundation East-West Award.

Nathan Paquette attended the SUNY Oneonta Undergraduate Philosophy Conference
in 2007 and presented a paper on On the Progress of Efficacy.

Kevin Parks attended the SUNY Oneonta Undergraduate Philosophy Conference
in 2007 and presented a paper on Ethics of the Other.

Benjamin "Jamie" Sellouk presented the paper Opinions, Opinions Everywhere, and Not a Heretic to Burn at the "Heresy, Blasphemy, and Freedom of Expression" conference on information fluency, critical thinking, and ethics at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, January 2007.

Megan O'Hara
Will attend The Society of Women in Philosophy UK in October 2006. She will present her paper on The Pure Experience of Art: An Ethical Awakening?

Kevin Parks
Attended the North Georgia Student Philosophy Conference at Kennesaw State University in 2006. He presented a paper titled Bringing Value Back to the Modern Scientific World, which was awarded the "Distinguished Undergraduate Paper" Award.

Karl Southgate
Attended the SUNY Oneonta Undergraduate Philosophy Conference in 2005. He presented a paper titled Nietzsche's Conception of Seriousness and was awarded the "Presidents Awards" from SUNY Oneonta.

Stacy Sanders
Attended the University of Texas Ethics Conference at Nashville in 2004. She presented a paper titled The Pitfalls of a Pluralistic Approach-in Bioethics and Daily Life.

Robert Erlewine
Attended the SUNY Oneonta Undergraduate Philosophy Conference in 2001. He presented a paper on An Attack on Tradition and was awarded the "President's Award" from SUNY Oneonta.

Ian Tucker Brown
Attended the SUNY Oneonta Undergraduate Philosophy Conference in 2001. He presented a paper On the Event of Truth: A Discussion of Art, Truth and the Primal Conflict in Heidegger's "The Origin of the Work of Art" and was awarded the "Spirit of Conference Awards" from SUNY Oneonta.

Student attendance to conferences are supported by funds from the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies.