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AMERICAN PHILOSOPHICAL ASSOCIATION- NEWS AND UPDATES. PAGE 1. UPDATED ON 1/8/2017.


American Philosophical Association



Dear DAVID,
Over the last few weeks, I’ve written to you to share words from some of your fellow philosophers about why they donate to support the APA...
Your colleagues have spoken about how the APA serves philosophy and philosophers in ways no other organization can. They’ve spoken about how the APA’s diversity and inclusion efforts have helped move the discipline forward, and how the APA brings philosophers together to share their work across disciplinary and subdisciplinary boundaries. And they’ve spoken about how the APA’s advocacy for philosophy and philosophers helps protect and defend individuals, departments, and the field as a whole.
In these final hours before the New Year begins, I am thinking back on all we’ve accomplished this year, and all we have planned for 2018. We will launch new prizes, increase collaborations with other disciplinary societies, develop new resources to support philosophy departments, and hold three outstanding conferences. We will continue to increase the role of graduate students in setting the APA’s future directions, and we will connect more with philosophers outside academia to sustain their connections to the discipline and develop diverse career paths for philosophy PhDs. We will grow our journal, support the academic job market, and stand up for philosophy in the public square.
Five years into my time as executive director, I’m proud of all we’ve achieved, but I know there is so much more to do. 
Each and every contribution makes a real difference to our budget—donations mean more travel funding for philosophers in need, more grants to innovative philosophy programs, more prizes recognizing great work, more resources for the crucial efforts of APA committees.
All the best,
Amy Ferrer
Executive Director
P.S. If you make a contribution of $500 or more before the end of 2017, you’ll receive a copy of Portraits of American Philosophy (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013). This book is a collection of Dewey Lectures—autobiographical reflections on philosophy in America—by leading philosophers including Judith Jarvis Thomson, Harry Frankfurt, Marilyn McCord Adams, and Claudia Card.


Eastern Division Meeting.

American Philosophical Association
Dear DAVID,
The Eastern Division meeting is less than a week away. We hope you’ll join us in Savannah, GA, January 3–6!
Online registration is closed, but you can still register on-site at the meeting. The registration desk will open at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 3. The on-site registration rates are $175 for APA members, $290 for non-members, and $90 for student members.
The 2018 Eastern Division meeting features 20 exhibitors and over 50 tables. We encourage you to visit our exhibits and spend some time browsing new and popular philosophy titles that will be on display during the meeting. The exhibits will be located near the meeting registration desks on the first floor of the Savannah Convention Center on the River Concourse. The following exhibitors will be on-site:
BrillPrinceton University Press
Cambridge University PressRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Hackett Publishing CompanySpringer
Ingram Academic ServicesStance: An Undergraduate Philosophy Journal
Lexington BooksSUNY Press
Mercer University PressThe Prindle Institute for Ethics
Oxford University PressThe Scholar's Choice
Palgrave MacmillanUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Crítica)
Philosopher's Information CenterW. W. Norton
Philosophy Documentation Center     Wiley

All meeting registrants are invited to attend the annual APA prize reception in the exhibit area at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 4. The exhibits will remain open during the prize reception, and wine and cheese will be served. The exhibit hours during the meeting are as follows:
January 4: Noon–6:30 p.m.
January 5: 11:00 a.m –5:30 p.m.
January 6: 9:00–11:30 a.m.
We hope to see you in Savannah next week!
All the best,

Melissa Smallbrook
Meeting Coordinator






APA Eastern Division meeting: Call for volunteers.


American Philosophical Association
Dear DAVID,
We still have some volunteer opportunities available for the Eastern Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association to be held January 3–6 in Savannah, GA.
Volunteers will be asked to work no more than three shifts of up to six hours (including daytime as well as some evenings) during the meeting. Volunteers will assist with registering attendees, managing registration lines, staffing exhibits, checking badges, and answering attendee questions. We will provide training prior to your first shift.
Volunteers will receive free registration for the entire meeting so that you can attend any sessions you wish outside of your scheduled shifts, as well as receptions. We will also provide meals during your shifts.
If you are interested in volunteering, complete our volunteer sign-up form by Wednesday, December 20. There are only a few volunteer openings available, and the positions will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
We look forward to seeing you in Savannah!
All the best,
Melissa Smallbrook
Meeting Coordinator





American Philosophical Association









Dear DAVID,
Have you registered for the 2018 Eastern Division meeting, January 3–6 in Savannah, GA? If not, take a moment and register online now!
This year’s meeting will again feature the Teaching Hub, a two-day series of workshops and sessions that address the teaching of philosophy at all levels. The Teaching Hub, sponsored by the APA and the American Association of Philosophy Teachers, will run from Thursday, January 4, through Friday, January 5. All 2018 Eastern Division meeting registrants are invited to attend. The 2018 Eastern Meeting Teaching Hub will include the following sessions (visit the APA website for the full schedule):
  • Inclusive Pedagogies
  • AAPT Workshop: Innovative Methods in Philosophical Pedagogy
  • Public School Certification for Philosophy Graduate Students
  • Designing a New Course: Strategies for Philosophy Teachers
  • Walk-In Teaching Consultations: One-on-One Sessions with Expert Teachers
  • Using Vocabulary from Non-Western Languages in Teaching Philosophy
  • Poster Session and Closing Reception
Early bird registration rates ($125 for APA members, $240 for non-members, and $40 for student members) are available until online registration closes on December 20. Eastern meeting registration will not be available December 21 through January 2. You will be able to register on-site at the meeting; however, on-site registration rates will be $50 higher than early bird registration for all categories.
Please note: You’ll save an additional $5 on meeting registration if you opt not to receive a paper copy of the program. The meeting program is available online, and our free meeting app for smartphones and tablets also contains the full program (room locations will be added to the app on the first day of the meeting).
We look forward to seeing you in Savannah!
All the best,
Amy E. Ferrer

Executive Director







American Philosophical Association




Dear DAVID,
Online registration for the Central Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association is open. The 2018 meeting will take place February 21–24 in Chicago, Illinois.
Register now to take advantage of the early bird registration rates: $125 for APA members, $240 for non-members, and $40 for student members. Online registration will close February 7.Central meeting registration will not be available February 8 through February 20. You will be able to register on-site at the meeting; however, on-site registration rates will be $50 higher than early bird registration for all categories.
Please note: You’ll save an additional $5 on meeting registration if you opt not to receive a paper copy of the program. The meeting program is available online, and our free meeting app for smartphones and tablets will also contain the full program.
Reserve your hotel room at the Palmer House Hilton at the special conference rates of $159 per night (plus applicable taxes and fees). Important information about group rate availability: Some nights in the APA’s room block may sell out before others. If even one of the nights included in your stay is sold out, the hotel’s reservation system will show the APA group rate as unavailable for all of your dates. If this happens, please call the hotel directly at (312) 726-7500, rather than using the online reservations system. The telephone reservation office will normally be able to give you the APA group rate for all nights on which it is available and the lowest available rate for any nights on which the APA block is sold out.
Haven’t yet renewed your membership? Renew now! In order to receive the discounted meeting rate available only to paid members, your APA membership must be current.
We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!
All the best,
Amy E. Ferrer

Executive Director














American Philosophical Association


Dear DAVID,

The APA is pleased to announce the Guide for Undergraduate Philosophy Clubs and Groups. The guide was developed by APA undergraduate interns with assistance from the APA committee on the teaching of philosophy and APA staff.
The Guide for Undergraduate Philosophy Clubs and Groups is intended to provide inspiration for those who are starting such a group or looking for ideas to strengthen an already existing group. It includes ideas and suggestions regarding constitution, leadership and structure, funding, communication, group meetings and events, group projects, group visibility, and links to additional resources.
The APA will soon be offering an online directory of undergraduate clubs and groups throughout the US and Canada—and around the world! To include your club in the directory, submit the signup form on the APA website.
Please share the Guide for Undergraduate Philosophy Clubs and Groups with undergraduate students in your department. We hope you will find the guide to be a valuable resource!
All the best,
Amy Ferrer
Executive Director



NOMINATIONS FOR LEADERSHIP POSITIONS.


Dear DAVID,

There are just two weeks left to nominate qualified candidates for APA leadership positions. The deadline for nominations is October 31. The terms for these positions will begin on July 1, 2018, and most are three years in length.                                                                                            
All nominations must be made through the online nominations system. Nominations submitted by email, phone, or postal mail will not be accepted.                                                                                                  
There are member vacancies on all twenty of the APA committees, as well as vacancies for associate chair positions on seven committees. In addition, there is one vacancy for member-at-large of the board of officers. Sign in to the nominations system for more information and a complete list of  vacancies.  Both nominators and nominees must be current APA members.        
Visit the online nominations system.                                                                                                                                   
Service on the board of officers or an APA committee is a significant opportunity for leadership in the profession and the association. I encourage you to take the time to nominate qualified candidates—perhaps yourself!—for these important positions.
All the best,
Amy E. Ferrer
Executive Director









   
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Mentoring the Mentors.


Dear DAVID,
As part of the APA's grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, we are running a "Mentoring the Mentors" workshop at the 2018 APA Eastern Division meeting. This workshop is open to faculty and graduate students who are serving or hope to serve as mentors for undergraduate philosophy students participating in diversity institutes (e.g., PIKSI, Rutgers Summer Institute for Diversity in Philosophy).
The workshop details are as follows:
"Mentoring the Mentors" at the APA Eastern Division MeetingSaturday, January 6, 2018, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (approx.)
Savannah Convention Center, Savannah, GA
Facilitator: Kathryn Gines (Penn State University)
Those interested in participating in the workshop must complete and submit the application on the APA website no later than Tuesday, September 26, 2017. Selected participants will be notified by October 15, 2017.
Selected participants will receive travel reimbursement up to $850.
We look forward to receiving your application!
All the best,
Amy E. Ferrer
Executive Director

                    THE VALUE OF PUBLIC PHILOSOPHY.                                   

Dear DAVID,

I am writing today to let you know that the APA board of officers has approved the following statement, which was proposed by the committee on public philosophy and the committee on the status and future of the profession:

The American Philosophical Association values philosophers' participation in the public arena. This includes work that engages with contemporary issues as well as work that brings traditional philosophies to non-traditional settings. Public philosophy may also bring the discipline into dialogue with other humanities, the arts, natural sciences, social sciences, and interested people outside of academia. Public philosophy is done in a variety of traditional and non-traditional media. Public philosophy can be especially valuable when it reaches populations that tend not to have access to philosophy and philosophers. Further, the APA notes that public philosophy raises the profile of the discipline, the scholar, and the home institution.

The APA encourages departments, colleges, and universities to recognize public philosophy as a growing site of scholarly involvement. To that end, the APA encourages institutions to develop standards for evaluating and practices for rewarding public philosophy in decisions regarding promotion, tenure, and salary, so that faculty members who are interested in this work may, if they choose, pursue it with appropriate recognition and without professional discouragement or penalty. Although peer-reviewed scholarly publications remain central to the profession, the APA applauds philosophers' contributions to public policy, to consultation with government, medical, business, and civil society institutions, and to public opinion in general. Public philosophy presented or published outside of standard academic venues has evident value as external service to the profession and/or community. But we also urge institutions to consider broadening their standards for evidence of excellence in research and teaching and to consider whether their faculty’s work in public philosophy is more properly counted as contributing to these latter categories of faculty evaluation.

We encourage you to use this statement as a tool in your own institution to advocate for policies and practices that recognize public philosophy and all scholars who do publicly engaged work.

All the best,
Amy E. Ferrer

Executive Director






                            GOOD PRACTICES GUIDE.

Dear DAVID,
The American Philosophical Association is pleased to announce that a draft Good Practices Guide is now available and a public comment period is underway. Inspired by the Good Practices Scheme of the British Philosophical Association and the Society for Women in Philosophy in the United Kingdom, the APA’s Good Practices Guide is intended to serve as a set of recommendations to help philosophers create and maintain an academic community based on mutual respect, fairness, inclusivity, and a commitment to scholarship and learning.

During the public comment period, which will last through spring 2018, we encourage you to read the draft Good Practices Guide and share your thoughts, questions, and concerns about its contents. To facilitate broader discussion about the Good Practices Guide, beginning today, the APA Blog is running a series of posts covering each section of the guide in detail, and listening sessions will be held at each of the three divisional meetings in 2018. You can also send feedback and suggestions directly to goodpracticesguide@apaonline.org.

After the public comment period, we will use the feedback we receive to revise and update the Good Practices Guide before distributing it widely. Our hope is that the guide will continue to evolve over time to keep up with the changing needs of the profession.
I look forward to receiving your feedback!
All the best,
Amy E. Ferrer
Executive Director



 Board Statement onHarassment,  Bullying, and Intimidation of  Philosophers

Dear DAVID,

In recent weeks, the philosophical community has seen several instances of philosophers being targeted for harassment, and even threatened with violence, through social media and email in response to expression of their philosophical views. The most hostile and threatening communications have come from members of the general public and have displayed open contempt for the philosopher’s social identity. Some of the harassment and bullying has come from members of our profession, raising concerns similar to those that originally inspired a petition for an APA Code of Conduct.
Recognizing the effect of these kinds of incidents on both the individuals directly involved and the profession more broadly, the APA board of officers has issued the following statement.

The APA strongly supports the reasoned discussion of complex and controversial social issues, whether in the context of scholarly journals or in more public forums. Incidents of harassment, bullying, and intimidation are a reminder of the social, personal, and professional risks of doing this work—risks that are intensified when the philosopher occupies a minority social identity, untenured position, or other vulnerable status.
In February 2016, in a statement responding to a case of a philosopher being harassed and threatened for expression of philosophical views, we wrote the following:
Philosophers are gadflies, at least some of the time, and we must support those who take intellectual, ethical, and social risks in their work, including their public presentations. Bullying and harassment that target a person’s race, gender, class, sexual orientation, or other status are especially abhorrent. We unequivocally condemn such behavior and stand in solidarity with our members who are subjected to this deplorable and discriminatory abuse.…
The APA condemns the activities of those who seek to silence philosophers through bullying, abusive speech, intimidation, or threats of violence. We also call upon our membership to speak out against such attacks, whether from within the academy or from the public sphere.
Today, we reaffirm these statements and our steadfast commitment to academic freedom and respectful scholarly engagement.

The APA has a longstanding commitment to supporting philosophers and defending their professional rights. The members of the board encourage all APA members and members of the profession at large to join us in standing against the harassment and intimidation of philosophers.
All the best,
Amy E. Ferrer
Executive Director







APA ISSUES STATEMENT ENDORSING MARCH FOR SCIENCE.

Dear DAVID,
The APA board of officers has voted unanimously to issue the following statement, which was released today:
The American Philosophical Association endorses the March for Science on April 22, 2017. Science, as we know it, emerged gradually from philosophical inquiry, from which it was not at first distinguished. And even as modern science came into its own, during the 17th and 18th centuries, many philosophers defended the new science and corresponded with scientists of the day; some even conducted their own scientific investigations. Today, important areas of philosophy—e.g., philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, cognitive science, philosophy of biology, philosophy of neuroscience, philosophy of physics—are devoted to understanding the concepts and methods of the natural and social sciences and to making use of scientific research in framing philosophical views. Other areas of philosophy—e.g., environmental philosophy, bioethics, computer ethics—investigate the ethical, political, and legal issues raised by advances in scientific knowledge and their practical implications. It is here especially that the humanistic aspects of philosophy come into their own, helping us to reflect on how best to respond to these advances and the opportunities they make available to us.

The American Philosophical Association thus affirms the importance of the mutually beneficial relationship between the sciences and humanities disciplines and stands in solidarity with the sciences. We join the March for Science and its partners in affirming the value of science to society, supporting robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity, and calling for the enactment of evidence-based policies in the public interest.

Those interested in learning more about the March of Science, including its mission and its partners, should visit the March for Science website.
All the best,
Amy E. Ferrer
Executive Director










Dear DAVID MCDONALD,

I am writing today to let you know that the APA board of officers has just released the following statement in Response to the recent executive order on immigration.
American participation in the global exchange of ideas depends on free movement of students and scholars to and from institutions of higher education, academic conferences, and other venues for study, research, and scholarly interaction. The executive order issued on January 27 limiting entry into the United States by refugees and those from seven predominantly Muslim countries, and deterring travel abroad by immigrants in the US, disrupts the work of philosophers and scholars in all disciplines around the world and impedes students, teachers, and researchers from engaging in their educational and professional pursuits.
The APA’s mission is to foster open dialogue and the free exchange of ideas. Inclusion and respect for diverse people, religions, cultures, and ideas are at the very core of our work. This order goes against these values—values on which the United States itself was founded.
The APA is working to assess the impact of this executive order on our members and participants in our upcoming meetings. We will take steps to ensure that those affected are able to participate in our meetings to the fullest extent feasible and to advocate for and support philosophers whose lives and work are harmed by this order.
We stand with learned societies, colleges and universities, and others around the world in calling on the President and Congress to reverse this executive order and to denounce religious intolerance in all its forms.
All the best,
Amy E. Ferrer
Executive Director