Evidently, there's a fine line between "making it" and "utter failure," and, right now, I'm managing to stand squarely on it. There's less than a week before this chapter of my life ends and I move on from graduate school and happily settle back into one of my favorite places doing different and unsettlingly-unspecified-at-this-point things. … Continue reading I May Be a Failure, But At Least I’m Not Bitter
This post feels hard to start. I can't let on to too many details (which is already part of the problem) but I hope to write. I need to write. So let me try. For the past couple of years I've been thinking and writing about many of the same topics: Academic philosophy. Graduate school. … Continue reading To Love Strong and Do Right: Or, When I Nearly Peed My Pants
my heart, my body, my brain The waiting of three months with not-knowing certainty pushed me to new limits of patience and understanding. With its end came sadness, but at least also a sense of finality. In the three weeks that have passed I've been trying to openly embrace my transition into a different phase, … Continue reading The Difficult Silence of Ineffability
A strange and unsettling image haunted me all throughout last semester. It was that of the isolated individual. It took a while for me to realize that many of the frustrations I felt during conversations in my ethics seminars, discussions with my own class, and even while processing some of the reactions to the Penn … Continue reading The Isolated Individual, and one way to resist being her.
I just returned from what a friend and faculty member referred to as "the death-march known as the Eastern APA." Very much like last year, and quite unlike what most people report about their experiences there, I had a really great time. I'm not kidding, exaggerating, or indulging in some weird kind of masochism--I really … Continue reading Multiple Models of Marketability: My Encouraging Realization from the Eastern APA
**This week I've been following the conversation on a feminist philosophy listserv about an article that appeared this week in The Chronicle. With each message that gets posted I've wanted to add something from my prospective as a grad student who passionately teaches philosophy to non-majors, but as I started to write, my response got … Continue reading Faith in and Frustration with Philosophy
Thanks to Jamie Oberdick for putting together this short podcast on my philifesophy. I am so grateful for the opportunity to speak about what I've been up to on Youtube, this blog, and in my classrooms. And thanks, too, to Chris, Bryn, Jason, and Michael for their input!You can find a link to the podcast … Continue reading A nice little story about my philifesophy