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Philosophy Students Visit Democracy Now!

Students Visit Democracy Now!On Tuesday, May 9, 2017, students from Professor Russell Dale's course PHI 221 Ethical Issues in Computing and Technology visited the studio where "Democracy Now!" is recorded and got to meet the host of the TV show, Amy Goodman.



Philosophy Department hosts Naomi Zack

Naomi Zack, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oregon and author of numerous books including "White Privilege and Black Rights: The Injustice of US Police Racial Profiling and Homicide" (2015), gave a talk entitled "A New Paradigm of Anti-Racism: How Ideas of White Privilege, Justice, and Equality Do Not Work" to faculty and students on Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Prof. Di Bello at the Institute for Advanced Study Princeton

Prof. Marcello Di Bello will be a Member of the School of Social Science at Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton for 2016-2017. His project "examines the use of statistics and probability in criminal trials as a lens to think about the fair trial, the right to a defense, and the requirement that guilt be established beyond a reasonable doubt." For his profile at the Institute, see here.



Philosophy Department Hosts Movie

On Wednesday, March 30, 2016, the Philosophy Department screened "Room," the Oscar-winning movie directed by the Irish director (and former philosopher) Lenny Abrahamson, based on the prize-winning novel of the same name by Irish writer Emma Donoghue, who wrote the screenplay. Starring Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay, the movie tells the story of a mother and son being held prisoner in a small room, and how she makes the child believe that the one room is the entire world. A large audience of students and faculty attended. Pizza and soft drinks were served before the screening, and afterwards there was a lively discussion about the movie and its implications. The discussion was chaired by Prof. Mahon, who overlapped with Abrahamson at Trinity College Dublin, where the director majored in philosophy.

Philosophers Judge High School Ethics Bowl

Profs. Cummins, Muniz, Di Bello, Mahon, and O'Neil acted as judges for the 2016 Long Island High School Ethics Bowl competition on Saturday, February 6, at Hofstra University. All professors were judges for the first four rounds of the competition, and Prof. O'Neil was a judge in the semi-final round. The competition was won by Bethpage High School. Farmingdale High School was the runner-up. Bethpage will proceed to the National High School Ethics Bowl at the UNC-Chapel Hill. For more on the Long Island High School Ethics Bowl, see here.