Brooklyn Public Philosophers: Ask A Philosopher Booth

I’ll be sitting in the Brooklyn Public Philosophers Ask A Philosopher booth at the Union Square Greenmarket this Wednesday, May 17th from 12:00-2:00pm.

Come on by to ask a question, mull over a thought experiment, or talk about what’s going on in the world (and grab a bite to eat at the market, too)!

And be sure to check out the Brooklyn Public Philosophers podcast The Owl, where listeners can submit questions for local philosophers to discuss.

About Brooklyn Public Philosophers:

Brooklyn Public Philosophers is a forum for philosophers in the greater Brooklyn area to discuss their work with a general audience, hosted by the Brooklyn Public Library. Its goal is to raise awareness of the best work on philosophical questions of interest to Brooklynites, and to provide a civil space where Brooklynites can reason together about the philosophical questions that matter to them.

Update:

A photo of Laura at the Ask A Philosopher Booth.

Upcoming Poster Presentation at the 2017 Pacific APA

I am very happy to announce that I will be presenting a poster of new research at the 2017 Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association in Seattle! The poster presentation will take place on Friday, April 14th at the Westin, Seattle.

The poster is titled: “Are Children Capable of Collective Intentionality?”

Information about the conference can be found here: Pacific APA Online

And a program can be found here: 2017 Pacific APA Meeting Program

CUNY Syllabus Project featured in a CUNYDHI Lighting Talk!

The CUNY Digital Humanities Initiative will hold its second annual “CUNY DHI: Building a Digital Humanities Community at the City University of New York” on Monday, November 7th. The event features a series of lightning talks on digital projects from across the CUNY campuses and presentations from graduate student winners of Provost’s Digital Innovation Grants.

The CUNY Syllabus Project will be featured as a lightning talk: a short presentation that highlights the mission and progress of the project. Please check out the event!

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PDF: cuny-dhi-program-2016

Upcoming Presentation for the New York Society for Women in Philosophy

I’m delighted to announce that I will be presenting my research for the New York Society for Women in Philosophy! The talk is being held on Tuesday, October 18th at 6:30pm at The Graduate Center, CUNY. More details can be found here: NYSWIP

 

Who Cares? Examining Needs, Care, and Responsibility for a More Caring Version of the State

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Social and political theories must take seriously the needs that persons have because all persons have needs. Likewise, care and caring activities must be taken equally seriously, as all persons require care throughout their lives to meet their needs when they are unable to do so themselves. I propose that we view needs and their corresponding care activities through a new lens that clarifies the role that the state plays in meeting a majority of the needs of its citizens. I sketch out a taxonomy of needs, and the corresponding caring activities that may successfully meet those needs, as the first step in determining who is responsible to provide care in different contexts. I propose that we think of needs as being either primary or secondary in nature, and that we think of the caring activities that meet these needs as being either direct (or indirect) primary caring activities or as secondary caring activities. I argue that family members are more effective primary caregivers and have a responsibility to perform primary caring activities. Similarly, I argue that the state has a responsibility to perform many secondary caring activities for citizens because of the unique way that secondary needs arise.

Upcoming Presentation at the Long Island Philosophical Society Spring 2016 Conference

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I am happy to announce that I will be presenting new research at the Long Island Philosophical Society Spring 2016 Conference! The conference is being held at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, New York on April 9. The program can be found here: LIPS 2016 Program

Who Cares? Examining Needs, Care, and Responsibility for a More Caring Version of the State

Abstract

Social and political theories must take seriously the needs that persons have because all persons have needs. Likewise, care and caring activities must be taken equally seriously, as all persons require care throughout their lives to meet their needs when they are unable to do so themselves. I propose that we view needs and their corresponding care activities through a new lens that clarifies the role that the state plays in meeting a majority of the needs of its citizens. I sketch out a taxonomy of needs, and the corresponding caring activities that may successfully meet those needs, as the first step in determining who is responsible to provide care in different contexts. I propose that we think of needs as being either primary or secondary in nature, and that we think of the caring activities that meet these needs as being either direct (or indirect) primary caring activities or as secondary caring activities. I argue that family members are more effective primary caregivers and have a responsibility to perform primary caring activities. Similarly, I argue that the state has a responsibility to perform many secondary caring activities for citizens because of the unique way that secondary needs arise.

Upcoming Presentation at the 32nd Annual NASSP Social Philosophy Conference

I am happy to announce that I will be presenting a paper at the 32nd Annual Social Philosophy Conference sponsored by the North American Society for Social Philosophy (NASSP)! The conference is being held at William Jewell College in Liberty, MO. My presentation will take place on Friday, July 17th.

The paper is titled: “Civil Service and Education: Changing our View of Dependency.”

The full conference program can be found here.

 

The Digital GC: Year-End Showcase

On May 19th I will be presenting the work I have done as a Digital Fellow to faculty, students, and staff of the CUNY Graduate Center, including the University President and Provost. A Livestream of this event can be found here: videostreaming.gc.cuny.edu

The Digital GC: Year-End Showcase

Please join the Digital Fellows on May 19th 2015 for a special event at the Graduate Center showcasing the innovative and diverse digital projects initiated during the 2014-2015 academic year! Presentations will be given by: the Digital Praxis Seminar, the GC Digital Fellows, Provost’s Digital Innovation Grantees, the New Media Lab, the Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Certificate Program, the Futures Initiative, and the GC Library.

Event Details:


The Digital GC: Year-End Showcase

Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 4:15 pm
The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue between 34th and 35th Street
Room 9205

Livestream: videostreaming.gc.cuny.edu

 

UPDATE: Here is the Digital Fellows presentation!

The full video can be found here: http://videostreaming.gc.cuny.edu/videos/video/3537

Upcoming Presentation at the 2014 APA Eastern Division Meeting

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I’m very excited to be a part of the Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children (IAPC) Symposium at the 2014 Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association. I will be a part of the first IAPC Symposium session on Sunday, December 28th.

My paper, “Children of the State: How the Concept of Childhood Influences Political Philosophy” can be found, along with the other presenters’ papers and full symposium schedule, on the IAPC website.

Information for the symposium can be found below:

Philosophy of Childhood: Exploring the Boundaries

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A Special Symposium of

The Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children

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December 28-29 at the Downtown Marriott in Philadelphia, PA

Chaired by Dr. David Kennedy (Montclair State University)

 

 

The Present and Future of the DigitalGC: Panel Discussion at the 2014 CUNY IT Conference

I’m happy to participate in a panel discussion at this year’s CUNY IT Conference with the other digital fellows! We will be discussing how our experiences as digital fellows are helping to create and shape the “DigitalGC”.

Our panel discussion takes place Friday, December 5th at 9:30am at John Jay College. Information our the panel discussion can be found below:

The Present and Future of the Digital Graduate Center

(Scaling & Sustaining Track)

As campuses everywhere ‘go digital’, the CUNY Graduate Center’s ‘Digital GC’ initiative continues to integrate digital tools and methods into the research, teaching, and service missions of the institution. In this presentation and roundtable panel, Director Matthew Gold (and a number of students across a host of departments and educational programs) will discuss their work as part of this initiative, presenting some of the unique and imaginative current programs.

Speakers:
Matthew K. Gold
, Advisor to the Provost for Digital Initiatives, CUNY Graduate Center
Kenneth U. Ezrim, GC Digital Fellow, Computer Science
Erin Glass, GC Digital Fellow, English
Michelle Johnson, GC Digital Fellow, Linguistics
Laura Wildemann Kane, GC Digital Fellow, Philosophy
Micki Kaufman, GC Digital Fellow, History
Andrew McKinney, GC Digital Fellow, Sociology
Alice Lynn McMichael, GC Digital Fellow, Art History
Evan Misshula, GC Digital Fellow, Criminal Justice
Keith Miyake, GC Digital Fellow, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Patrick Smyth, GC Digital Fellow, English
Provost’s Digital Innovation Grant Round 3 Winners: Micki Kaufman (‘Quantifying Kissinger’), Eric Knudsen (‘Six Degrees of Occupation’), Amanda Licastro (‘The Writing Studies Tree’), Peri Ozlem Yuksel-Sokmen (‘Lazuri Talking Child Stories’)