Monday, March 21, 2011

"Trapped in the Wrong Theory: Re-Thinking Trans Oppression & Resistance" - Dr. Talia Bettcher

Please join us this Tuesday (3/22) at 3:15 pm in the Alumni Hall of the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance (86 Wentworth) for a presentation by Dr. Talia Bettcher, associate professor and director of the Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities at California State University Los Angeles. Dr. Bettcher is a philosopher specializing in transgender studies, and in the history of early modern philosophy (esp. George Berkeley). She is also a performance artist, trans activist, and accordion player.

Dr. Bettcher's presentation is part of the College of Charleston Visiting Speaker Series,
co-sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Women's & Gender Studies.

Her presentation is entitled "Trapped in the Wrong Theory: Re-Thinking Trans Oppression & Resistance"

Abstract: "Many (but certainly not all) transgendered people find it natural, or perhaps useful, to negotiate life in our transphobic culture by relying on the 'trapped in the wrong body' narrative to frame their trans self-identities, both for themselves and for others-- especially hostile others. But feminist theorists have objected, with some justice, that this way of thinking about gender tends to reinforce oppressive views about women, by reinforcing traditional binary thinking about gender. Professor Bettcher will explore both the wrong body narrative and its feminist critique, with an eye toward greater appreciation of how the wrong body metaphor can also be seen as resistant to trans oppression in our society, which is quite distinct from oppression of women."

The Philosophical Society will be hosting an informal dinner gathering after Dr. Bettcher's presentation at the lounge at 14 Glebe Street.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Wittgenstein biopic screening!

Derek Jarman’s offbeat biopic explores 
the life, ideas, and sexuality of Viennese philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein— 
from his childhood days and Cambridge years to his relationships with Bertrand Russell and John Maynard Keynes. Hailed for its stunning lighting and vibrant imagery. 
1993—1hr9mins. NR 
Thurs FEB 3 at 3:15pm 
14 Glebe St 
CofC Philosophical Society 

Friday, January 28, 2011

Monday, November 29, 2010

Epistemology of computational models!

This Thursday, December 2, at 3:15 pm in Maybank 206:

Dr. Whit Schonbein will dazzle you with tales of the epistemology of computational models!

Please join us: There will be pictures involved, refreshments offered, and entertainment for all!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Juliet Schor lecture

Renowned environmental economist, Juliet Schor, will give a public lecture, “Consumption and Sustainability: Toward the Plenitude Economy?" on Thursday, November 18 at 7:15 p.m. in Wachovia Auditorium. Her talk is based on her most recent book, Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth.
This event is free and open to the public.

In Plenitude, Schor argues that through new sources of wealth, green technologies, and different lifestyles, Americans can enjoy a higher quality of living and economic security. She emphasizes the importance of local economies and community bonds. A synopsis of Plenitude may be found here:

Schor is currently a Professor of Sociology at Boston College. Before joining Boston College, she taught at Harvard University for 17 years, in the Department of Economics and the Committee on Degrees in Women’s Studies. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Schor received her Ph.D. in economics at the University of Massachusetts.

Her previous work is extensive, but some of her most well-known books include, 
The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure (1992), The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don’t Need (1998), and Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture (2004).

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Collage Notebook Fundraiser!

We're having a small fundraiser for the Society!

Attached are the images of 4 hand-made collaged blank notebooks, which are the size of a medium Moleskine.
The notebooks themselves are made by CofC students: " In an effort to continue the traditions of the 130 year old bindery in which we work, we hand craft, stitch, cut, and print each notebook individually." I then collaged them with black and white photos from the 1920s, and laminated the covers (three are cream colored and one is gray).

 I can make others if there is a certain thing you would like, so let me know.
This first set of notebooks are
$8 each, so come by the Department at 14 Glebe Street!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Philosophers Through the Lens

The Stone, a New York Times Opinionator blog, has an interactive feature of photographs of philosophers and short interviews about why they have chosen to spend their lives doing philosophy.

"Most philosophers have spent their entire lives in intense concentration, developing and defending lines of argument that can withstand the fearsome critical scrutiny of their peers. Perhaps this leaves some mark on their faces; to that I leave others to judge."

Read more of photographer Steve Pyke's essay 'Philosophers Through the Lens' and check out the photos.

FILM: The Examined Life, this Thursday!

Our next meeting is THIS Thursday at 3:15pm in the Philosophy Dept lounge at 14 Glebe Street.

Please join us to watch the documentary "The Examined Life" about "philosophy in the streets" featuring dialogues with Cornel West, Avital Ronell, Peter Singer, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Martha Nussbaum, Michael Hardt, Slavoj Zizek, Judith Butler, and Sunaura Taylor. 

"The documentary Examined Life grounds philosophy in real world issues. Through a series of brief interviews with some of today’s most provocative thinkers, the film addresses issues of ethics, morals, citizenship, democracy, disability, sexuality, consumerism, social contract theory, revolution, and human vulnerability and interdependency. The film’s purpose is to rescue philosophy from the sterility of academia and to use it for self-improvement and social justice."

read the rest of a review HERE
and read the IMDB HERE

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Nathalie Dupree speaks

Nathalie Dupree is running for US Senate as a 'write in' candidate in the upcoming election, and she will be giving a talk about gender issues in the election process and some of the issues that inspired her to join the fray.

The event is tomorrow at the Tate Center, Room T315 from 4:45 pm to 5:30 pm.