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Required dating? It's an unusual aspect of a seminar taught by Kerry Cronin, associate director of the Philosophy Department’s Lonergan Institute and a fellow in BC's Center for Student Formation. Times Higher Education

Seeling Professor of Philosophy Richard Kearney addressed Ireland's ‘traumas that were never named,’ notably the Great Famine, in remarks at an Abbey Theatre symposium on the role of theater in commemoration. Irish Times | RTE's The Pat Kenny Show (at 5:50) | RTE's Marian Finucane Show (scroll to Jan. 18 show).

Prof. Sarah Byers' book, Perception, Sensibility and Moral Motivation in Augustine: A Stoic-Platonic Synthesis, has been released by Cambridge University Press.

Boston College hosted an “International Symposium on Global Justice and Responsibility” Sept. 20-21 that featured speakers from around the globe addressing issues of justice, cultural traditions and globalization. In addition to the international speakers, contributors included Professor of Sociology Charles Derber and Philosophy faculty members Professor Oliva Blanchette and, Assistant Professors Micah Lott and Aspen Brinton.

The department welcomes two new full-time Professors, Aspen Brinton and David W. Johnson. Aspen comes to us from Georgetown by way of The University of Pennsylvania. David joins from The State University of Pennsylvania, by way of a Research Fellowship at the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture in Nagoya, Japan.

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.

John Sallis, Frederick J. Adelmann Professor of Philosophy, has been appointed 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. He is pursuing research in the philosophy of art.



Six teaching fellows from our department receive the 2013 Professional Excellence Award for their teaching:  Vincent DeVendra, Teresa Fenichel, Gregory Floyd, Michael Frost, Frances Maughan-Brown, and Paul Van Rooy.

Prof. John Sallis, has been elected the recipient of a Humboldt Research Award.

Prof. Jeff Bloechl will be distinguished visiting researcher at the Australian Catholic University in June 2013. He will lead an advanced graduate seminar on Christian philosophy, and offer the annual Simone Weil lecture on values. He will also be invited visiting professor at the Catholic University of Nijmegen in November 2013. He will lead an advanced graduate seminar on philosophy and theology in St. Paul and some modern interpreters.

Prof. Sarah Byers' book, Perception, Sensibility and Moral Motivation in Augustine: A Stoic-Platonic Synthesis, has been released by Cambridge University Press.



Prof. Dan McKaughan has been awarded a one-year grant by the Use and Abuses of Biology Program at Cambridge University. The grant will begin on January 1, 2013.

Teresa Fenichel, Matt Robinson, Tone Svetelj and Amelia Wirts have won the 2012 Professional Excellence Award.

Jeff Witt and Matt Robinson, doctoral students, have accepted tenure track positions in medieval philosophy respectively at Loyola University Maryland and at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. Dr. Gary Gabor, visiting assistant professor, has accepted a tenure track position at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Prof. Dan McKaughan has won a grant to take part in the Wake Forest Character Project in fall 2012.

Prof. Jeff Bloechl was invited visiting professor at the Federal University of Sao Paolo in August 2012. While we has there he gave five lectures on philosophy and psychoanalysis.



Professor Oliva Blanchette has won a first place 2011 Catholic Book Award in the category of biography by the Catholic Press Association (CPA) of the U.S. and Canada. 

Professor Jeff Bloechh has received the title of Honorary Professor of Philosophy in the Australian Catholic University.

Christopher Sheridan, a biochemistry and philosophy major in BC’s College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program, has been awarded a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.

Prof. Jeffrey Hanson has taken up a tenure-track appointment at the Australian Catholic University.

Lynn Purcell, doctoral student, has received a tenure track position at SUNY Cortlan.

Elyse Purcell will be giving two Ethics classes at Le Moyne College.



Congratulations to our doctoral students who received a tenure track appointment in 2010:

Patrick Cullen (Chair/Director of Justice Studies), at Southern Hampshire University, NH

Neal Deroo, at Dordt College, IA

Erin Stackle, at Loyola Marymount University, CA

Jason Taylor, at Regis College, CO

Prof. Patrick Byrne has been appointed chairperson of the Boston College Lonergan Institute.

News from former students:

Serena Parekh accepted a tenure track position at Northeastern (philosophy dept.)

Edward McGushin accepted a tenure track position at Stonehill (philosophy dept.)

Joseph Tanke accepted a tenure track position at the University of Hawaii (philosophy dept.)

Congratulations to Elyse Purcell, Ph.D. student in the department, who is awarded the 2010 "Set the World Aflame Award". This award is given to the student who has demonstrated exceptional commitment and leadership to the Boston College Community.

Among this year's Dean's Scholars (juniors) and Sophomore Scholars, the following students are philosophy majors:

Juniors Bryan Bernfeld, Max Bindernagel, Catherine Hadshi, Lucy Martin, Scott Molony, Shane Ulbrich, Andrew Yost.

Sophomores: Maxwell Ade, John Blakeslee, Joseph Falkson, Daniel Kennedy, Karen Kovaka, Mary Risigo, Christopher Sheridan, Matthew Vigliotta.

Congratulations to all!



Professor Jim Bernauer has been appointed to the newly created Kraft Endowed Professorship.

Sarit Larry, Misael Meza Rueda, Ross Romero, and Erin Stackle received the Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award.


Professor James Bernauer was appointed Director of the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning.

Jon Burmeister, Neal DeRoo, Lynn Purcell, and Erin Stackle received the Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award.

Fr. Paul McNellis received the Mary Kaye Waldron award, a student-nominated achievement that recognizes Boston College faculty and staff members who go beyond the requirements of their job and actively improve student life on campus. He was unanimously chosen by the award committee to be the recipient this year, receiving more than half of the total nominations submitted for his involvement with the Sons of St. Patrick, his perspectives course and his experiences as a war veteran.

Dr. Gretchen Gusich, adjunct professor, has received a tenure-track position at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

Dr. John O'Connor (BC Ph.D.) moved from a full-time adjunct position at Fordham to a tenure track job at Colorado State University - Pueblo.


Prof. O. Blanchette was announced as recipient of the John Findlay Book Award for Best Book in Metaphysics in Five Years, by the Metaphysical Society of America, at its annual meeting, this year, at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.

John Manoussakis was appointed by the Ecumenical Patriarchate to the Joint International Commission for the Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic and the Orthodox Churches, chaired by Walter Cardinal Kasper and the Metropolitan of Pergamos John Zizioulas.


Serena Parekh has been awarded the 2006 Donald J. White Prize for the outstanding doctoral dissertation in humanities.

Charles Oduke, S.J., has been selected by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences to receive the doctoral degree on behalf of the class at the main 2006 commencement ceremony.

Prof. Richard Kearney has received the 2006 Boston College Distinguished Senior Scholar Research Award. This award annually recognizes a substantial and continuing record of outstanding scholarly accomplishments of full-time Boston College faculty or librarians, who have achieved preeminence in their field and are so recognized in letters of support from national and international leaders in the field. Two such honors have been awarded this year. Prof. Kearney is the author of more than 20 books on European philosophy and literature, including two novels and a volume of poetry, and has edited or co-edited 14 more. A former member of the Arts Council of Ireland, the Higher Education Authority of Ireland, and chairman of the Irish School of Film at University College, Dublin, he has produced five series on culture and philosophy for Irish and British television and drafted a number of proposals for the Northern Ireland peace agreements.

Prof. Jorge Garcia was recently reappointed a Nonresident Fellow in Harvard's DuBois Institute for African American Research.

Prof. David Rasmussen will teach two courses in the Spring at Venice International University in Venice, Italy. Professor Rasmussen will be the first Boston College faculty member to teach at our new affiliate. Professor Rasmussen has also been named a Boston College's representative on the Academic Council of Venice International University.

John Manoussakis has been one of the recipeints of The Graduate Student Association’s Outstanding Student Award.


Prof. John Sallis was awarded the degree: Doctor of Philosophy, honoris causa. Universität Freiburg.

Prof. Vanessa Rumble has received the 2005 Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award.

Prof. Jorge Garcia (Philosophy) will join the executive board of the nation’s preeminent philosophical society, having been elected to a three-year term on the Eastern Division Executive Committee of the American Philosophical Association.

Prof. Richard Kearney has been named this year (2005) to the Cardinal Mercier Chair in Leuven University, Belgium. This prestigious Chair is offered to an internationally distinguished scholar each year who delivers two public lectures and two university seminars. The titles of Prof. Kearney's talks are as follows: 1) Narrating Desire: From Plato's 'Symposium' to the 'Song of Songs'; 2) Narrative Terror: Philosophy after 9/11; 3) Narrating Pain: Trauma and Catharsis; 4) Narrating the Sacred: A poetics of Epiphany. The public talks will be broadcast on national and European television.


John Manoussakis, a Philosophy Doctoral student, has been awarded a 2004/05 Charlotte Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship.

The Graduate Student Association of Boston College presented one of their annual Outstanding Graduate Student Awards to Jason Taylor (Philosophy).

Prof. Richard Kearney of the Philosophy Department has been awarded a grant of $80,000 by the EMEDIATE International Program, funded by the European Commission and coordinated by the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. The grant is to allow Professor Kearney to develop his 'Narrative and Visual Archive' on the Philosophy of Strangers, including the production of a DVD, CD-ROM, and Digital Documentary Film which will be directed by Oscar winner, Terre Nash, of Canada. This project will involve an international intervarsity seminar, facilitated by video-conferences, with partner universities in Berlin, Florence, Dublin, Paris, Budapest, Athens, Lancaster, Utrecht and Ljubljana. BC is the only university partner in the United States to have been chosen to participate in this 1.5 million dollar project, whose goal is to explore new possibilities of global pedagogy 'across frontiers' regarding contemporary ethical and cultural crises.

Dalia Nassar, Philosophy Doctoral student, received a 2004/05 Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Research Grant to work on her Dissertation in Tuebingen, Germany next year.

Alicia Jaramillo, a Doctoral student in Philosophy, has been awarded a 2004/05 Fulbright Fellowship, to study at Louvain University in Belgium next year.

Joseph Westfall, a Philosophy Doctoral student, has received a grant from the American Scandinavian Foundation to conduct research at the Kierkegaard Research Center in Copenhagen this summer.

Charles Onyango-Oduke, S.J. (Philosophy) spoke at the annual Donald J. White Excellence in Teaching Awards Ceremony, held on May 6, 2004, in addition to being selected a 2004 Award recipient.