‘UntitledTown’ is back!

After a successful inaugural year, UntitledTown Book and Author festival is coming back to Green Bay. Mark your calendars for April 19-22, 2018.

Visit UntitledTown Book and Author Festival
Visit 2018.untitledtown.org for details

Could this be the best weekend of your life? Your year? For authors and book enthusiasts, it is shaping up to be. UntitledTown promotes all aspects of book culture.

  • The 2018 Festival features 120 authors, 150 events and 14 locations.
  • 75% of the authors participating in the festival as speakers are from Wisconsin.
  • Featured talent includes R. L. Stine, Roxane Gay, Hillary Jordan, Christopher Moore, Lynda Barry, Dan Chaon, Danez Smith, José Orduña, Kristen Radke, Kate Harding, Jac Jemc, Miranda Paul, Michael Perry, BJ Hollars, Wendy McClure, Karen Dionne, Lori Rader-Day, Jacqueline West and Peter Geye.

UntitledTown’s ticketed events for Gay, Moore and Stine opened recently. These events are free, but due to anticipated crowds, you still need a ticket for a guarantee seat. For these events, you can secure premium seating and priority access to the book-signing line for a donation of $30 per person per event. Secure tickets online. Tickets are also available for a Sunday brunch with Michael Perry at Gather on Broadway for $50 per ticket.

UW-Green Bay’s own Derek Jeffreys, professor of religion and philosophy, will present “America’s Jails: The search for human dignity” on Saturday, April 21 at 2 p.m. at the KI Convention Center.

For details, visit 2018.untitledtown.org

Next Philsopher’s Cafe is Wednesday, March 7

The next Philosopher’s Cafe is Wednesday, March 7 at 7 p.m. at Titletown Brewery (second floor), downtown Green Bay. The subject at the next Philosopher’s Cafe is, “Are We Hoarding the American Dream? Illusions of Meritocracy, Obsessions with Smartness, and Higher Education in the U.S.” Moderators are Denise Bartell (Director for Student Success and Engagement) and Caroline Boswell (Associate Prof. of Humanities). Here’s the description: “In this cafe we’ll examine how our beliefs in the meritocratic and egalitarian nature of our society and about the nature of intellect may collide to impede access to higher education, widely believed the surest path to the American Dream. Exploring the premises of two recent books, Dream Hoarders and Are You Smart Enough, we will critically engage these ideas to examine the intended and unintended impacts on higher ed in the U.S.” Free and open to the public. Contact Christopher Martin (Humanities), martinc@uwgb.edu for details.

Philosophy students and faculty present at Wisconsin annual meeting

UW-Green Bay held court at the Wisconsin Philosophical Association’s Annual Meeting in Madison last weekend. Philosophy students Sean Gleason, Anna Hoesley, Joseph Prestley and Michael Lahti presented papers at the event. Gleason presented on the intersection between the measurement problem in quantum mechanics and free will. Hoesley presented on a compatibilist account of free will. Prestley presented on agency and moral autonomy, and Lahti presented on Nietzsche’s conception of cruelty. Associate Prof. Christopher Martin presented a paper on Spinoza’s account of causality. UW-Green Bay was praised by many of the other UW schools in attendance for its commitment to undergraduates and emphasis on high-impact experiences.

Prof. Jeffreys published in ‘Chronicle of Higher Education’

Prof. Derek S. Jeffreys (Humanistic Studies, Religion) published an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education. It begins, “Some years ago, I began giving volunteer philosophy and religion lectures to inmates in a maximum-security prison. I quickly learned that they enjoyed few educational opportunities. Wisconsin offers almost nothing for prisoners seeking higher education, and, sadly, few states do.” Read “The Christian Agenda Behind Inmate Education.

Faculty notes: Philosophy students, Martin recognized

UW-Green Bay Philosophy undergraduates Sean Gleason, Anna Hoesley, Joseph Prestley and Michael Lahti, will present their research at this year’s Wisconsin Philosophical Association meeting in Madison on Saturday, April 29. The meeting invites philosophical research from across the state, and submissions are blind peer-reviewed. UW-Green Bay earned the highest number of accepted submissions of any institution in the state of Wisconsin. Associate Prof. Christopher Martin (Philosophy and Humanistic Studies) also had a paper accepted.

Humanistic Studies Faculty Forum next week

Two faculty members from Humanistic Studies will be presenting their work from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 in Room 103 of the University Union. Prof. Hye-kyung Kim will present, “Neo-Confucian Metaphysics of Gender” and Prof. Vince Lowery will present, “Finding the Crack in the ‘Golden Door’: Investigating the Turn-of-the-Century Southern Immigration Movement.” Please join them for great insight and light refreshments.

Philosophers’ Café: We have nothing to fear but…

The next UW-Green Bay Philosophers’ Café has an exceedingly timely topic: “The Perception of Risk.” Epidemiology expert Sue Mattison, UW-Green Bay’s dean of the College of Professional Studies, will be the discussion leader for the gathering from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 9) at St. Brendan’s Inn, 234 S. Washington St. in downtown Green Bay. Do we overestimate our risk of certain outcomes, like plane crashes, cancer, or terrorist attacks? How difficult it is to change these perceptions? Just how much data do we need to refute fear? (Please note: The location for this month’s program has been shifted to St. Brendan’s Inn.) For more on the Philosophy Café series and upcoming monthly gatherings, click http://www.uwgb.edu/philosophers-cafe/schedule.asp

Your rights vs. my freedoms: a Philosophers Café

This month’s edition of Philosophers Café convenes from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 14) at Kavarna coffeehouse in downtown Green Bay. David Duquette, professor and associate dean at St. Norbert College, will help participants ponder the conflicts arising from the intersection of rights and freedoms. (Think of the Kentucky clerk controversy, or any number of current hot topics, to get some idea of the issues to address.) Duquette will look at the difference between positive rights and freedoms (entitlements “to”) and negative rights and freedoms (protections “from”). As always, the monthly sessions organized by the UW-Green Bay Philosophy faculty are free and open to the public.

Faculty note: Martin earns invite to NEH philosophy institute

Associate Prof. Christopher Martin of Philosophy and Humanistic Studies has been selected to participate in a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute to be held at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Titled “From Medieval to Modern: Philosophy from 1300-1700,” the event will bring together 20 philosophers representing expertise in the discipline’s Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern eras for the purpose of exploring the underlying continuities and their pedagogical implications for the traditional curriculum in philosophy. Martin hopes the Institute will provide valuable background for a book manuscript he hopes to begin next year on the platonic influences of Baruch “Bento” Spinoza, one of Western philosophy’s most influential thinkers.

Isaac Newton, Prof. Martin, and a very scientific Philosophers’ Café

The next Philosophers’ Café features UW-Green Bay professor and Philosophy program chair Christopher Martin leading what is sure to be an eclectic and electric discussion of the merits and demerits of “Anti-Realism in Science,” which posits that science has no business attempting to actually explain the world. The gathering takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. this Wednesday (March 4) in the upstairs back room at Titletown Brewing, 200 Dousman Street. Martin offers the following explanation of his talk:

“When Isaac Newton discovered the mathematical equations that define gravity he admitted, upfront, that while the numbers worked, he was at a complete loss to explain what gravity itself was. The wild success of his predictions courted what Einstein would later call “spooky action at a distance,” the possibility for spatially discontinuous entities to affect one-another instantaneously. Does the predictive success of Newton’s theory qualify it as good science, or ought it also to explain why the world acts this way? Is the aim of science only to predict future events, or do we expect it to additionally explain the machinery of the world? Does the phenomenal success of quantum physics justify believing that unobserved electrons are actual entities, or should we regard unobservables only as useful fictions of successful theories?”

As always, Philosophers Café gatherings are free and open to all. Please note: The previously scheduled David Helpap Café on “Regulation” has been postponed.