SHPR Digest – June 2013


campbellCourtney Campbell was recently featured as a medical ethics guest expert on an episode of “The Blaze.”   With hospitals facing a shortage of organ donors, this show asked if there is a free market solution that can solve the shortage and save lives.  Fortunately, Courtney was on hand to weigh in on the ethics and implications of creating an open market for human organs.
You can watch Courtney’s full interview here.

Campbell was also quoted in the Oregonian earlier this month regarding the current organ transplant system pointing out that “roughly 7,000 people die each year – 19 a day –waiting for the organs that could save them.”


blackboardCongratulations to Jon Dorbolo who was awared the 2013 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Course Design by the folks at Blackboard, Inc.    They stated, “The efforts made by Jon Louis Dorbolo really do make a difference in enhancing the learning experience at your institution and for many other institutions across the globe.”  His work will be highlighted at the Blackboard World 2013 conference awards luncheon which will take place on July 11, 2013 in Las Vegas.


opb Congratulations to Jacob Darwin Hamblin who was interviewed on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s show Think Out Loud.  According to the accompanying article entitled “How the Cold War Created Environmental Science,” Jake’s new book, Arming Mother Nature, has scene after scene that makes you wonder if Dr. Strangelove or Dr. No weren’t so fictional after all…  (It really is a great read!)

Click here to read the article and listen to the full interview


Slide1The Phrōnesis Lab group, led by Sharyn Clough and Stephanie Jenkins, has just wrapped up teaching a ten-week course in Peace and Social Justice to a group of 11 at-risk youth from neighboring College Hill High School.  The course focused on topics chosen by the high school students, including LGBT issues, poverty, homelessness, and bullying.  The philosophy program at OSU is a perfect incubator for the Phrōnesis Lab because the faculty here have always been committed to philosophy engaged with and in the real world.   This course will be offered every Spring.


Philosophia ConferenceStephanie Jenkins also recently presented a paper at the 7th Annual Meeting of philoSOPHIA in Banff, Alberta Canada.   Her paper, which was part of the Bios, Biopower, and Bioethics: Critical Disability Theory Perspectives Session, was entitled “Morally Considerable Life: Towards a Feminist Disability Ethics.”


Cecularism in Antebellum AmericaEarlier this month, the Religion in American History blog did a week long series of critical interpretations of John Lardas Modern’s Secularism in Antebellum America.    Kicking off this week long event was Amy Koehlinger who had recently chaired a provocative and well-attended session on the topic at the American Academy of Religion conference in Chicago.

You can read Amy’s introduction and the entire series here!


usihThe 2013 Society for U.S. Intellectual History conference committee announced two main plenary sessions to be held the evenings of November 1 and November 2, 2013, at UC-Irvine.    One of these sessions, The United States and the World: Intellectual Histories of American Foreign Relations, will be co-chaired by Christopher McKnight Nichols.

Click here to learn more about the 2013 US Intellectual History conference.

Nichols’ class on the U.S. role in the world in the post-Cold War era/ca. 1989-2001, which was taped on March 12, 2013, aired on June 8 & 9 on C-SPAN’s “Lectures in American History.”   Nichols has since received a flood of positive emails on both his teaching and the high quality student insights and participation.

Click here to watch the class broadcast online!


Ethical Adaptation to Climate ChangeEarlier this month, Allen Thompson presented at the 2013 OSU Authors and Editors Recognition Luncheon.   Joined by faculty from across the University, Allen discussed his most recent book “Ethical Adaptation to Climate Change.”    Allen was the only professor from the College of Liberal Arts to present.

Click here to learn more about Allen’s work.


Guerrina-Steen-fat-kitchen-1024x789Anita Guerrini had a wonderful blog/article featured on the website for the 24th International Congress of History of Science, Technology and Medicine which will be held 21-28 July in Manchester England.   Her post is based on the paper , “Une affreuse cuisine: The ghastly kitchen,” which she is due to give at ICHSTM as part of symposium T159, “Place and affect in early-modern sciences,” on Monday 22nd July.

Click here to visit the ICHSTM website and read the article!


social justiceIt is one thing to hear about social injustice second hand.  It is another to go out and see for yourself.    During Spring term, Joseph Orosco and Tony Vogt hosted the OSU Peace Studies Social Justice Reality Tour to give students the opportunity to go out and investigate social justice in their own community and to report back about their experiences.   As one part of this project, they have set up a fantastic blog entitled “Ground Truthing Social Justice:  Reports from the Field” to give students the opportunity to publicly post about their research and findings.  They hope to offer this course regularly and investigate a different series of on-the-ground issues each time.


rumblesCongratulations to recent MS History of Science graduate Peter Rumbles who has accepted a post at the National Museum of Mathematics in New York City.  Chartered by the State of New York in 2009, the museum is the only museum of mathematics in the USA and has  substantial outreach missions to K-12 students and the general public.  For more on the museum and its history see:


Maanas TripathiAward winning history student and recent graduate Maanas Tripathi was featured this month in an article by the College of Liberal Arts entitled “Off the Beaten Path.”   In this article, he says, “I honestly used to be really bored with my experiences in school until I decided to major in history. For once, I was actually excited about going to class.”    Maanas has been accepted into medical school and begins his advanced classes this fall.


The University Honor’s College at OSU has awarded Victoria Price the Honors Promise Finishing Scholarship for 2013-2014.   Her award was one of only two given to students in the Humanities.   This $5,000 scholarship is the highest dollar value award made by the UHC.  This award adds to Victoria’s already impressive list of awards and accomplishments this year including the School’s WIC Culture of Writing award and the Robert Wayne Smith Book award.



Note that the east entrance to Milam Hall will be closed to foot traffic.  They will be trimming the boxwoods and plants near the entrance and then painting just as they did the front north entrance.  This project will most likely take most of the summer.



SHPR now has a Flickr Photo Account!!   Click below for recent photo’s from:

Milam Hall Construction
Philosophy Student Awards Ceremony
History Student Awards Ceremony



As you all know, we are already deep in scheduling events for this Fall!
Current events on the schedule include:

  • September 26:   A Horning Lecture with David Hollinger
  • October 3-5:  The Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum Conference
  • October 07:  “Muslim Cool” – A Hundere Lecture with Su’ad Khabeer
  • October 24:  A Pauling Nobel Anniversary Lecture with Tim Naftali
  • November 20 (Tentative):  A Horning Lecture with Jon Butler
  • April 28-May 1st:  Holocaust Memorial Week

If you have events planned for Fall that are not on this schedule, please set up an appointment to meet with me asap.




After many years with the Religious Studies Department, the Philosophy Department, and ultimately the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion, Lois Robertson has retired.   There are not enough words of praise for the fantastic work she has done all these years in support of our programs.    Her warm smile and pleasant demeanor will be greatly missed.



“Space isn’t remote at all.  It’s only an hour’s drive away if your car could go straight upwards.”  – Sir Fred Hoyle (b. 06/24/1915)

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