Department of Philosophy
Syracuse Philosophy Women's Group
The Women's Group is comprised of the women, graduate students and faculty, in the philosophy department. The group has been meeting regularly since 2010 with the intention of promoting a hospitable and supportive climate for women in our department and establishing a strong community amongst women (graduate students and faculty members). The women's group is committed to addressing gender issues in our department and in the discipline at large. The Women's Group puts on several regular events throughout the academic year. These are made possible through the support of the Syracuse Philosophy Department, which fully funds them.
Each year graduate student women have the opportunity to invite a woman philosopher of their choosing to give a talk as part of the department's colloquia series. The visit includes a private lunch with the speaker and Women's Group members.
Past Invited Speakers:
Ishani Maitra, Rutgers University (Fall 2011)
Ruth Chang, Rutgers University (Fall 2013)Sally Haslanger, MIT - Friday, November 7, 2014
Rachel Briggs, Australian National University - Friday, November 21, 2014
Each semester the women's group meets for brunch at a local restaurant, which is paid for by the department. This offers women the opportunity to voice any concerns they may have regarding professional and academic development and gender issues in the profession and in the department. It is also a fun social event and a chance for graduate students and faculty members to establish personal relationships.
Annual Meet-and-Greet with Women Philosophers
In the Fall of 2013, the Women's Group organized a meet and greet event open to undergraduate women interested in philosophy. The event was created to encourage undergraduate women to pursue philosophy during their undergraduate careers and beyond. This event provides an opportunity for both philosophy majors and minors and students taking their first philosophy course to meet women faculty and graduate students in the department.
Women's Working Papers
Since Spring 2014, the women graduate students meet regularly to workshop a member's paper in progress. Sessions are informal and provide a friendly and supportive environment where the presenter can receive constructive feedback on her work.