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Department of Philosophy

Student Success

Jodell Ulerie Jodell Ulerie ('17), a Philosophy and English double major, has been accepted to the Master's degree program in Philosophy at Virginia Tech.

Maimuna DoulahMaimuna Doulah ('16), a Philosophy and English double major, will be attending CUNY Law School in the fall of 2017. She will continue to work as a Trial Prep Assistant for the Conviction Integrity Unit of the Bronx District Attorney's Office.

Angelica NunezAngelica Nunez ('18), a Lehman Scholar Philosophy and Biological Sciences double major, has won a Summer Health Professions Health Education Program fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center.

Amely Del Rosario - CUNYAC player of the yearAmely Del Rosario ('18), a Philosophy major who was CUNYAC player of the year for the Lehman Lightning Women's Basketball team, has been chosen to play for Las Olimpicas de la Vega, a team that plays in the National League of Women's Basketball in the Dominican Republic. For more about "one of the greatest basketball players in the history of Lehman College," see here

Raquel Calero- CUNY Futures Initiative Leadership Fellow for 2017-2018Raquel Calero ('19), a Macaulay Honors College student at Lehman and a Philosophy and Biological Sciences double major, has been chosen as a CUNY Futures Initiative Leadership Fellow for 2017-2018. She was also offered a Research Associate Internship at Bellevue Hospital for 2017-2018.

Graduation 2017

Philosophy Graduates 2017

On June 1st, after Commencement, the Philosophy Department held a reception for graduating seniors and their families. Department Chair James Mahon gave a slideshow presentation on what the department had been doing over the past year. He concluded by playing videos of the speeches given at the Honors Convocation earlier in the week by graduating philosophy majors Maddy Sher ('17) and Xhulia Gjokaj ('17). For their complete speeches, watch the video here.

Philosophy Majors Present Honors Theses (Class of 2017)

Xhulia Gjokaj presents honors thesisDayna Dunkley presents her honors thesisTwo philosophy majors, graduating seniors of the Class of  2017, presented their Honors Theses to faculty and students on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, in Carman Hall 349. Xhulia Gjokaj, a double major in Philosophy and Economics, presented her Honors Thesis "Simone de Beauvoir, Abortion, and Women's Liberation." Dayna Dunkley, a double major in Philosophy and Political Science, presented her Honors Thesis "Objectification and the #NoMakeUp Movement."

Phi Sigma Tau Honor Society

Photo of PHi Sigma Honor SocietyXhulia and Dayna were also among the seven students inducted into Phi Sigma Tau, the international philosophy honor society, in a ceremony that followed their presentations: (left to right) Katherine Guerra ('17), Dayna Dunkley ('17), Xhulia Gjokaj ('17), Miguel James ('16), Prof. James Mahon, Kaylynn Lopez ('17), Melissa Mitchell ('17), and Jodell Ulerie ('17).


The Jerome Weinstock Essay Prize

Weinstock PrizeMarcelo Bravo-Lopez ('18), a double major in Philosophy and English, was also awarded The Jerome Weinstock Essay Prize for the best philosophy paper. He was awarded the prize along with Madelyn Sher ('16), in absentia, who will also be inducted into Phi Sigma Tau.

Philosophy Majors Present Honors Theses (Classes of 2016 and 2017)

Macaulay Honors College StudentsOn Monday, May 23, 2016, in Carman Hall 342, two philosophy majors defended their Honors theses before an audience of faculty and students, giving PowerPoint presentations. First Giselle Mateo ('16), a Philosophy major with a minor in Psychology, presented her Honors Thesis, "The Case for Universal Veganism: Invoking the Rationality Criterion of the Categorical Imperative," and answered questions from students and faculty. Next, Maddy Sher ('17), a Macaulay Honors College double major in Philosophy and Dance Theatre, with a minor in French, presented her Honors Thesis, "Nature and Notation: Steps Towards a New Dance Ontology," and answered questions from students and faculty. Between the two presentations there was a break, with food, including – by special request – vegan wraps.

Philosophy Major in Wall Street Journal

Photo of Phi Sigma TauVictor Borja ('14), a philosophy major and a member of the Phi Sigma Tau, the philosophy honor society, had his paper, "The Principles of Powers to be applied for Global Justice: A Methodological Approach on the Problem of Global Poverty," published in the Spring 2014 issue of "The Gadfly", the undergraduate philosophy journal of the Philosophy Program at LaGuardia Community College. Later in the year he was also interviewed as part of the story in The Wall Street Journal on New York City protests against police violence. Victor co-founded an activist group, the Eleven24 Coalition for Humanitarian Justice, which operates out of a shared Crown Heights apartment. Eleven24 offers “study groups” of 10 people per class, where discussions focus on philosophy, politics, humanitarian issues—and how to make an impact. For the full interview, see here.