Archive | April, 2013

Today is April 30th

30 Apr

Do you know what that means about tomorrow?

IT'S GONNA BE MAY

Honors students know that one of the first things to do in May is enjoy the Honors Student-Faculty Dinner!  Have you purchased your ticket yet?

Study Hours in the UHP

30 Apr
Here's one of the more horrifying conceptions of "brain food" that we could find.

Here’s one of the more horrifying conceptions of “brain food” that we could find.

Avoid the crowded rooms in Gelman, the noise of your roommates, and the distractions of the bustling world during finals season.  Starting Thursday, Honors students can study in the UHP town house in Foggy Bottom!

Students use the upstairs Club Room optionally as a group study, while the basement is always quiet study.  And don’t forget — studying makes you hungry, so we’ll provide plenty of brain food (snacks and coffee) to help you power through!

Most weekdays it’s 9am-10pm, weekends 12pm-10pm with only the following exceptions:  Continue reading

Baby William’s Book Tasting: Curious George and the Puppies

29 Apr
will george tasting

Alright, let’s read.

As a member of the UHP’s intellectual community, junior program officer William Chandler offers book recommendations beyond your syllabi.

Fans and followers of my book reviews can breathe a sigh of relief – Curious George gets better!  I recently stomped and chewed on “Curious George and the Puppies Lap Edition” and enjoyed it thoroughly for its storytelling and its structural integrity.

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UHP, Phil Students Public Defense

29 Apr

The following post is written by Honors Professor Mark Ralkowski. —

Two UHP seniors who are majors in the philosophy department, Iaan Reynolds and Katie Hurrelbrink, are publicly defending their theses Friday, May 3 in Phillips 411, from 2:00 until 4:00. They will each present their work for twenty minutes, and then answer tough questions from faculty for ten minutes. The Philosophy Dept. is also  holding a reception for them afterward. This is very exciting for everyone in the department because Katie and Iaan both received fellowships to write their theses.

Along the same lines, Iaan has had some success with his research. He recently published part of his thesis in an international undergraduate journal called Paideia. His article is called “Motivating and Imagining an Ethics of Adjacency.” This is his abstract:

Heidegger gives us a compelling reason to reject metaphysics entirely. Upon a close examination of metaphysical inquiry, Heidegger arrives at a troubling conception of ontology. To Heidegger, ontological inquiries can only take place under certain ‘ontotheologies’, which are shared understandings of what and how beings are. While most of Heidegger’s project can be read as an attempt to do ontology despite this major obstacle, he remains strangely silent on the question of ethics. Here I formulate the first piece of a Heideggerian ethics, based on the ‘fundamental ontology’ he writes in Being and Time and elsewhere.

Last Minute Prof. Christov ESIA RA

29 Apr

Professor Christov is accepting applications for an Elliott School student to assist him with a research project during either the summer or the fall semester, or *both* summer and fall semesters. The position is open to current (non-graduating) Elliott students and carries a modest research stipend. If you are interested in applying, please contact Prof. Christov immediately <christov@gwu.edu >, but no later than this Thursday, May 2. Please include the following information: 1. Name; 2. Elliott School major; 3. GWID number; and 4. Contact information along with student’s availability to meet on Friday, May 3.