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Sarit Larry

'The Kindergarten Teacher'

Sarit Larry, a doctoral candidate in the Philosophy Department, stars as a woman obsessed with her 5-year-old student and his remarkable gift for poetry, in the Israeli film 'The Kindergarten Teacher,' chosen for a special screening at the Cannes Film Festival. Hollywood Reporter

Marina Denischik, Gregory Floyd, Michael Frost and Zhuoyao Li were among the winners of this year's annual Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award. The award recognizes graduate teaching fellows and teaching assistants who have distinguished themselves in classroom instruction.

Kerry Cronin

Lonergan Center Associate Director Kerry Cronin's philosophy class for freshmen and sophomores includes discussions of personal ethical and moral choices, and an optional assignment to explore the social experience of an old-fashioned date. Boston Globe

Jeffrey Bloechl

On July 7, Jeffrey Bloechl will give an invited lecture and seminar at the at Rangjung Yeshe Institute in Boudhanath, Kathmandu, Nepal. His title is “Why are We Interested in Others? Three Phenomenological Exercises.”

On July 21, 22 and 23, Jeffrey Bloechl will be offering three Dharma Endowment Lectures in Philosophy at Christ University, in Bangalore, India. The lectures will be given as a series on the topic of “Secular Life and Secular Reason.” The first will develop Biblical Themes, the second will develop Existential Themes, and the third will outline a theory of Identity and Discourse. Bloechl’s lectures will be followed by three more on a related topic, to be given by his wife, Catherine Cornille, chair of the Boston College department of theology.

photo of Richard Kearney

Seelig Professor of Philosophy Richard Kearney—author of the Anatheism: Returning to God after God, in which he rejects the notion that individuals must chose between theism and atheism—was interviewed on the subject by the Irish Times.

Daniel McKaughan and Sarah Byers

On March 13 University President William P. Leahy, S.J., announced the tenure appointments of 13 faculty members. Among them were Philosophy Professors Daniel J. McKaughan and Sarah Byers.

Alexander von Humboldt and John Sallis

At a special celebration in Bamberg, Germany, on March 21, Helmut Schwartz, President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (left), presented Professor John Sallis with the Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize for his contributions to philosophical thought. Professor Sallis, Frederick J. Adelmann, S.J., Professor of Philosophy, is currently pursuing research in philosophy of art as a Senior Fellow at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies in Germany (FRIAS). The Institute provides support and facilities for scholars and scientists both from Germany and from other countries. It is affiliated with the University of Freiburg. Professor Sallis will spend four months in the Institute in 2014 and will be there again in 2015. (Photo credit: Humboldt Foundation/Albrecht G. W. Barthel)

Andrea Staiti

Andrea Staiti was invited as a Visiting Professor at the Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg (Germany) for the Summer Semester of 2014. He will temporarily replace Prof. Hans-Helmuth Gander, the director of the Husserl Archive, during a research leave. In Freiburg Prof. Staiti will lecture on the theory of judgment, Husserl's seminal book Ideas Pertaining to a Pure Phenomenology and to a Phenomenological Philosophy, and on the philosophical demarcation of the natural and the human sciences. He was also awarded an "Experienced Scholars" fellowship  from the Alexander von Humboldt foundation in Germany. Starting in October 2014 he will spend 12 months at the University of Cologne, Germany, to conduct research on Husserl's theory of self-constitution and its connection to contemporary Kantianism.


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Prof. Sallis speaks about the painter Paul Klee, whose work has been commented by many contemporary philosophers.

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