Fall 2010



Fall 2010 retrospective theme on Hannah Arendt and The Holocaust


Friday, September 17th, 12:30 p.m. to 1:25 p.m., Siena Hall 324
First Club meeting of academic year. Meet new and existing members. Bagels and juice available.
Friday, September 17th, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Siena Hall 324
Showing of Memento, from the writer and director of the recently released "Inception," Christopher Nolan. Pizza, chicken wings, and soda available.
Friday, September 24th, 12:30 p.m. to 1:25 p.m., Siena Hall 324
Boxing and Philosophy, a discussion lead by Dr. Fanny Soderback of the Dept. of Philosophy, inspired by an article on the NY Times, "The Stone," a blog for contemporary philosophers. Bagels and juice available.
Friday, October 1st, 12:30 p.m. to 1:25 p.m., Siena Hall 324
First reading of Eichmann in Jerusalem
Friday, October 8th, 12:30 p.m. to 1:25 p.m., Siena Hall 324
Philosophy Interest Meeting
Join us for a get-together and meeting for all students interested in philosophy. This is a unique chance for majors and minors to come together, for members of the philosophy club to meet faculty, and for those interested in studying philosophy to get a sense of what it involves. Faculty will speak about upcoming courses, students will have the opportunity to speak about what they would like to see on the curriculum, and there will be time to socialize and share ideas about the future of our department. Lunch will be served. This event is sponsored by Siena College Philosophy Department, Siena Philosophy Club, and Phi Sigma Tau.
Friday, October 22nd, 12:30 p.m. to 1:25 p.m., Siena Hall 324
Planning and information session before attending Bard College conference.
Saturday, October 23rd, 7:45 a.m.
Bard College Conference, "Human Being in an Inhuman Age"
na07espo@siena.edu for more information.Meet in front of Siena Hall at 7:45 a.m. to take van to Bard College for conference. Conference is from 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Contact
Friday, October 29th, 12:30 p.m. to 1:25 p.m., Siena Hall 324
Second reading of Eichmann in Jerusalem. Students should endeavor to complete Chapter 4 by this weekend.
Tuesday, November 2nd, 5:00 p.m., Siena Hall 324
Recap and discussion of Bard conference and dinner.
Thursday, November 4th, 5:30 p.m., West Room of Saga Dining Hall
Showing of Protagonist, in collaboration with the Sister Thea Bowman Women's Center. Bring your dinner to the West Room for the showing. http://movies.nytimes.com/2007/11/30/movies/30prot.html
Friday, November 5th, 12:30 p.m. to 1:25 p.m., Siena Hall 324
Discussion of the changing perspectives and definitions of masculinity, inspired by a number of articles on the subject. Discussion lead by Dr. Diane Williamson of the Dept. of Philosophy.
Thursday, November 11th, 4:15 p.m., Standish Room, Science Library, 1400 Washington Ave, Albany
Kwame Anthony Appiah at SUNY Albany, Part of the New York State Writers Institute's Visiting Writers Series. Appiah’s work will be read in the Spring 2011 philosophy seminar course, “Crimes Against Humanity,” and he will be the focus of the Symposium on Living Philosopher in the 2011-2012 year. http://www2.siena.edu/pages/1870.asp
Kwame Anthony Appiah, whose work encompasses the fields of moral philosophy, cultural theory and Africana Studies, is best-known for his powerful argument that “race” and “culture” are arbitrary constructs. His new book is The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen (2010), a landmark work that explores the dynamics of social changes that have led to the emancipation of women, slaves and other disenfranchised groups. In advance praise, Nadine Gordimer called it, “brilliant… essential… inescapable in its urgent relevance….” A frequent collaborator with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and a professor at Princeton, Appiah is the author of more than a dozen books, including Experiments in Ethics (2008), Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers (2006), and The Ethics of Identity (2005).
na07espo@siena.edu for more informationContact
Friday, November 12th, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Siena Hall 324
Talk on postmodernism, as related to philosophy. In anticipation of Dr. Gill’s talk next week. Talk lead by Dr. Raymond Boisvert of the Dept. of Philosophy.
Thursday, November 18th, 4 p.m., Roger Bacon 202
Dr. Jerry Gill on his new book Deep Postmodernism, Philosophy Department-sponsored speaker for academic year to celebrate International Philosophy Day.
Jerry H. Gill (Vail, AZ) is an adjunct professor of philosophy and humanities at Pima Community College. Previously, he was a professor of philosophy and religion at the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY; Eastern University in St. Davids, PA; and Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL. He is the author of many other books, including Native American Worldviews, Wittgenstein and Metaphor, and Merleau-Ponty and Metaphor.
Friday, November 19th, 12:30 p.m. to 1:25 p.m., Siena Hall 324
Talk with Dr. Jerry Gill, discussing with students how philosophy can be applied to non-academic settings, and his work with a not-for-profit experiential education agency, BorderLinks, based on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Friday, December 3, 2010, 12:30 p.m., 4th floor Siena Hall
Last talk on Eichmann book lead by Dr. Fanny Soderback of the Dept. of Philosophy. Thanks to those that took on the endeavor of reading this great book outside of class for no credit!
Friday, December 10, 2010, 12:30 p.m. to 1:25 p.m., Serra Dining Hall
Lunch with Philosophy Club in dining hall to discuss books and activities for next semester.