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30th Annual Symposium to Focus on Phenomenology and Its Critics

Scholars from across the world will convene at the Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center's 30th annual symposium at Duquesne University to deepen the conversation about the strengths, resources and challenges of phenomenology in the arena of current philosophical inquiry. Phenomenology and Its Critics will be held April 19-20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Africa Room of the Duquesne Union.

Phenomenology, the philosophical study of how human beings experience being in the world, has seen resurgence in recent years, especially at Duquesne.

"We have strong phenomenological work being done in the Departments of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, Philosophy, Psychology and Theology, just to name the departments that are most intimately involved with our center," explained Dr. Jeffrey McCurry, phenomenology center director.

The center has hosted prominent American and European philosophers as speakers. Continuing in that tradition, presenters for Phenomenology and Its Critics include:

  • Bruno Bosteels, professor of romance studies at Cornell University
  • Claire Colebrook, professor of English at Pennsylvania State University
  • Leonard Lawlor, the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Philosophy at Pennsylvania State University
  • Paola Marrati, professor of humanities with a joint appointment in the department of philosophy, and director of the program for the study of women, gender and sexuality at Johns Hopkins University.

"Duquesne is a North American hub for phenomenology in both its past and its cutting-edge present, and we hope to continue to provide space and resources for phenomenology to develop in exciting ways in the future," McCurry added.

Registration to Phenomenology and Its Critics is free and open to the public. To register, contact phenomenology@duq.edu or 412.396.6038.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.