Category Archives: Announcement

Philosophy at University of Nevada, Reno Continues

Last spring we reported that the Philosophy Department at the University of Nevada, Reno was in danger of being eliminated due to severe budget cuts. Today, we have received word that the budget proposal approved by the Regents of the University at the June 17 meeting “did not include any reduction of faculty or elimination of programs in the Department of Philosophy.”

Deborah Achtenberg, Chair of the Department, has a letter expressing gratitude to all who spoke out in support of Philosophy at UNR. In the letter, she also outlines some of the initiatives and activities the Department is undertaking to continue to enrich the education of students and serve the interests of the University and the state of Nevada.

Read Deborah Achtenberg’s letter here.

We are very happy to hear this and join the Department of Philosophy at UNR in celebrating this good news.

2011 50th Anniversary SPEP Conference

50th Anniversary SPEP Conference Cover Design

We are very happy to announce the details of the 50th Anniversary SPEP Conference to be held in Philadelphia, October 19-22, 2011.

The 2011 SPEP Program is now available here.

We invite you to visit the Philosophy Documentation Center’s SPEP Conference Registration webpage to register for the 2011 conference in Philadelphia, pay your Annual Dues for the 2011-2012 Membership Year, and register for the 50th Anniversary Banquet Dinner.

Please note: to attend the conference you must pay BOTH conference registration fees and annual dues. If you would like to renew your membership or join SPEP without registering for the conference, please visit the Philosophy Documentation Center’s SPEP Membership webpage.

The 2011 50th Anniversary Conference will take place at the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel: 1 Dock Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

This year the conference will start on Wednesday afternoon, October 19th.

We will have special anniversary sessions featured throughout the conference, culminating in a banquet dinner on Saturday evening, October 22nd followed by a reception featuring music and dancing.

All attendees are cordially invited to the banquet dinner on Saturday, October 22nd at 8:00 p.m. Please join us for a celebration of those who have participated and contributed to the success of SPEP in the last 50 years. Our banquet will include a brief program of acknowledgements, a piano concert by Michael Kim, a special menu created by Executive Chef Glen Matlack, and a complimentary selection of fine wines.

To register for the banquet dinner (cost is $60) and make your entrée selection, please visit the Philosophy Documentation Center’s SPEP registration page.

All attendees are invited to attend the après-dinner reception including dancing and cash bar at 10:00 p.m.

Room Reservations

Lodging for conference participants has been arranged at the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel, One Dock Street (Second & Walnut Streets), Philadelphia, PA 19106. Phone: (215) 238-6000.

Ask for the SPEP room block or book directly online at our group reservations website:

  • Conference rate: $175 (single & double); Additional Persons $20. Hotel includes fitness center, sauna, and indoor pool. Wi-Fi is complimentary in the lobby. The hotel is located adjacent to the waterfront and set within America’s most famous square mile, blocks from the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, world class restaurants, night clubs, theaters, and shopping.

Note: Room reservations must be made by 12:00 a.m. on September 26, 2011. Please mention the SPEP conference rate.

Graduate Student Accommodations

For information contact Laura McMahon at

Book Exhibit

All inquiries related to this year’s book exhibit should be directed to Rachel Aumiller, book exhibit coordinator (raumil01 (at)

Alcoff Elected Vice-President of Eastern APA

Linda AlcoffSPEP is pleased to congratulate long time member, Linda Alcoff, for her recent election as Vice-President of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association. After a year as Vice-President, she will become President of the APA in the 2012-13 academic year.

Linda Alcoff is Professor of Philosophy at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center.

Her work focuses on social identity and race, epistemology, politics and violence, Foucault, and Latino Studies.  She has edited 9 volumes and written two books: Visible Identities: Race, Gender and the Self (Oxford 2006), Real Knowing: New Versions of the Coherence Theory (Cornell 1996).

She has served on the Executive Committee of the APA and as Co-director of SPEP. We wish her the best of success in her new position.

Philosophy in Danger at University of Nevada at Reno

UNR Building by Ed Bierman, on Flickr

We join the American Philosophical Association to state our strong concern over the proposed state budget cuts at the University of Nevada, Reno.

The administration has proposed to respond to threatened budget cuts from the governor and state legislature by eliminating the masters program and the undergraduate major in philosophy.

We urge you to contact the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents regarding the danger that this proposes for the study of philosophy in the state of Nevada.  The University of Nevada at Reno has the only graduate program of philosophy in the state.

Also send further support for the philosophy department to the UNR administration (

Philosophers Targeted in Hungary

Several philosophers, among them Agnes Heller, Mihály Vajda, Kornél Steiger and others, have been affected by a politically motivated campaign in Hungary.

Herbert Hrachovec offers an overview of the situation on the blog Quatsch, with links to more information.

Laszlo Tengelyi has written an Open Letter Regarding the Situation of Philosophy and Philosophers in Hungary (English translation). You can read Tengelyi’s letter in the original German here.

Today, Jürgen Habermas and former German Culture minister, Julian Nida-Rümelin, issued a call to “Protect the Philosophers!” on (article in German).

For a summary of the article, see Thomas Gregersen’s blog, Political Theory – Habermas and Rawls.

To register a protest against this action, visit the online petition, which includes an English translation.