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 SRU Good News for April 14, 2011 



 SRU philosophy students take honors at PASSHE conference

R. Maxwell Spears, a Slippery Rock University philosophy major from Butler, and Megan Kuhr, an SRU philosophy major from Brooklyn, Ohio, garnered prizes for papers they presented at the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Interdisciplinary Association for Philosophy and Religious Studies Annual Conference.

Spears was awarded second-place and $75 for his paper “Sartre’s Emotions vs. Heidegger’s Moods: Did Sartre Miss the Point?” Kuhr earned third-place and $50 for her paper “Mary Shelley¹s Frankenstein, Human Tendency and The Irenaean Theodicy.”

Two other SRU students also were selected to deliver papers: Bridgette Powers, a philosophy major from East Butler presented “A Voice of Your Own,” and Jason Wolfe, a philosophy major from New Oxford, presented “Power and the Twilight of Freedom.” 

“I was thrilled when our students’ names were announced as prize-winners,” said Brad Wilson, associate professor and chair of the philosophy department. “The reviewers commented on the overall excellence of all of the student papers selected for presentation. To have two of the top three papers is a great achievement by our students.”

                Jason Keyser, a 2008 SRU philosophy graduate from Eldred who is now a graduate student in philosophy at West Chester University, delivered a paper titled “Why Hasn’t the Revolution Happened? An Existential Answer.”

The event was last weekend at California University of Pennsylvania.


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