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Professor George Yancy co-authored (with Professor David Kyuman Kim) an open letter to Kim Jong Un. The letter was published in The New York Times.

Former Philosophy Grad Firmin DeBrander penned this essay regarding mass shootings for the Baltimore Sun.

Professor George Yancy gave the Keynote Address at the Royal College of Art in London on November 11, 2017. His interview afterward can be viewed on YouTube.

At the 2017 annual meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Katherine Howard ("Arendt and Rancière on the 'Right to Have Rights' as Refugee Politics"), Jorge Lizarzaburu (“Beyond Totalitarian Reason:  Adorno, Deleuze, and the Paradoxes of Sense”), Noëlle McAfee (“Trump and the Paranoid-Schizoid Politics of Ideality), John Stuhr (“Ineffability and Limits to Phenomenological Description”), Cynthia Willett (on “Contributions to Continental Philosophy:  Moira Gatens"), Elizabeth Goodstein (“Georg Simmel’s Modernist Phenomenology of disciplinarity”), and Lynne Huffer (“Foucault’s Rhythmic Hand”) all presented papers.  Tom Flynn, Andrew Mitchell, and Erin Tarver were selected as session moderators.  In addition to current department members, many recent Emory alums were also on the program, including:  Smaranda Adea, Alia Al-Saji, Ellie Anderson, Kate Davies, Lauren Guilmette, Rebecca Longtin Hansen, Peter Milne, Mukasa Mubirumusoke, Emily Parker, David Peña-Guzman, and Joel Reynolds.

Ursula Goldenbaum was invited to lecture at Science is History and History is Science, German-French Conference Leibniz as Historian, at the Sorbonne, Paris, September 7-9, 2017 (in cooperation with the Goethe-Institute and the Maison de Henri Heine in Paris).

Faculty members Jessica Wahman (“Metaphysics in a Human Voice”), John Stuhr ("Signs of Imagination and Vision”), and John Lysaker (“Becoming What You Are Not”) all delivered papers at the “Shared Practices, Singular Voices” symposium at Penn State University September 29-30.

Ursula Goldenbaum gave many lectures over the summer, including

Leibniz on Law and Theology, Conference Leibniz about Theology and Law of the Law School at the University of Zürich, September 14-16, 2017, Zürich, Switzerland.
Science is History and History is Science, German-French Conference Leibniz as Historian, at the Sorbonne, Paris, September 7-9, 2017 (in cooperation with the Goethe-Institute and the Maison de Henri Heine in Paris).
The De-evaluation of Enlightenment by its Enemies at the Exemple of Leo Strauss’ Edition of Moses Mendelssohn,  (Lecture Series on the Reception of Enlightenment in 19thand 20thCentury, Center of Jewish Studies  of Berlin-Brandenburg and the University of Potsdam, Germany), June 13, 2017.
Thomas Hobbes’ Concept of Equity as Corrective to Justice, Conference on the Concept of Aequitas from Ancient time to Leibniz, July 13-15, 2017, hosted by Hubertus Busche, Dept. of Philosophy, Fernuniversität Hagen, Germany.
The significance of the controversy between the Berlin Academiciens Samuel König and Maupertuis for German 18thCentury philosophy, Conference History of the Prussian Academy, at the Dept. of Philosophy, University Bucharest, May 17-19, 2017.
Samuel König and his criticism of Maupertuis’ Principle of Least Action, Workshop Teleology within Physics, at the Dept.of Philosophy, Harvard University, April 1, 2017.
Leibniz and the German Enlightenment - Keynote at the International Conference “theatrum naturae et artis - Leibniz und die Schauplätze der Aufklärung”, organized by the Academy of Sciences of Saxony, Germany, September 28 - October 2, 2016 in Leipzig, Germany.

Aaron Pratt Shepherd successfully defended his dissertation and has accepted a position as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Massachussetts Lowell.

Prof. Cynthia Willett's was interviewed on the ironies of U.S. imperialism under President Drumpf. You can read it here.

Joel Michael Reynolds has accepted a position as the inaugural Rice Family Postdoctoral Fellow in Bioethics and the Humanities at The Hastings Center.

Prof. John Stuhr will serve as the philosophy project chair for a multi-disciplinary three-year initiative on human flourishing and the arts and humanities, funded by a new $2.5 Million award from the Templeton Foundation and administered by the University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center.

Prof. Ursula Goldenbaum delivered a plenary lecture to the Xth International Leibniz Congress July 18-24, 2016, in Hannover, organized by the Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz-Gesellschaft and the Leibniz-Stiftungsprofessor, in cooperation with national Leibniz Societies of China, France, Israel,  Italy, Japan, Romania, Spanien, the US, and with the Ibero-American network and the Francophone Association of Leibniz research.

Prof. Ursula Goldenbaum gave a lecture on "The young Leibniz and his turn to the Modern Mathematical Sciences” at the conference Leibniz in Mainz, June 2-3, 2016, organized by the Leibniz institute for European History at Mainz.

Professor John Stuhr delivered "The Changing Rhetoric of Forgiveness" at the biennial conference of the Rhetoric Society of America in Atlanta, May 26-29.

Prof. John Stuhr was a participant in the February 2015 interdisciplinary meeting on “The Humanities and the Science of Well Being:  Toward a Strategic Collaboration for Understanding, Measuring, and Cultivating Human Flourishing,” funded by the Templeton Religious Trust and administered by the University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center.