Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Consortium for Faculty Diversity Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program

The Department of Philosophy at Bucknell is participating in the Consortium for Faculty Diversity Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program and is looking for a scholar to fill the following position for the 2016-17 academic year: Postdoctoral fellowship in philosophy to begin in August 2016, specializing in Africana, Latin American, or Native American philosophy with the ability to teach a course in the philosophy of race, broadly construed. Teaching load will be 3 courses per year.

The fellow will be expected to work on campus for the fellowship year, participate in departmental and institutional programs such as speaker series and seminars, and interact regularly with students and faculty colleagues. Fellows must contribute to increasing the diversity of Bucknell University in one or more of the following ways: Increasing ethnic and racial diversity, maximizing the educational benefits of diversity, and/or increasing the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of students. 

Applicants must be awarded the Ph.D. no later than the beginning of the fellowship year and no earlier than five years before the beginning of the fellowship year.  If you are interested, consult and apply through the website http://www.c-fd.org.  Please submit all materials prior to May 20, 2016, but review of applications will begin immediately. If you have any questions, contact Sheila Lintott (sheila.lintott@bucknell.edu).

Monday, April 18, 2016

This America, man.” —The Wire and Tragedy
Martin Shuster, Department of Religious Studies & Philosophy
Avila University

Thursday, April 21, 2016
4:30 p.m.
213 Bertrand LibraryTraditional Reading Room

A life…  you know what that is?
It's the shit that happens while you're waiting
for moments that never come.
Lester Freamon, “The Wire”

Abstract: This talk explores some of the aesthetic and social/political elements of HBO’s The Wire. Especially, against many critics and academics, I argue that the show is not a tragedy, nor is it particularly radical in its politics. Nonetheless, I do argue that it is ultimately a successful work of art, one that falls squarely into the modernist tradition of art, and one whose aesthetic qualities cannot in fact be divorced from its political aspirations, which are powerful but reformist, and still worth considering.  

Bio: Martin Shuster is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Avila University. He earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy in 2010 from the Humanities Center at Johns Hopkins University and holds two M.A. degrees, one in Philosophy from Johns Hopkins and another in Religion from Yale. Shuster’s work centers on issues in social and political philosophy, ethics, and aesthetics, especially in dialogue with Kantian and post-Kantian philosophy, the work of Stanley Cavell and in philosophy of religion, particularly Jewish thought and philosophy.