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  • Justin Leonard Clardy

    Justin Leonard Clardy

    Thinking Matters Fellow

    BioMy Ph.D. is in Philosophy with specializations in Ethics and Social & Political Philosophy from the University of Arkansas. Currently, my research focuses on normative questions that arise within the contexts of interpersonal relationships and political theories.

    As a researcher, I am advancing two active research projects ethics and social & political philosophy. The first project, in ethics is in the philosophy of love and contributes to a diversity in academic research because the philosophy of love has historically been passed over by analytic philosophers. I've develop an account of love that centers on value. To love is to value your partner(s) and your relationship with your partner(s) in a way that provides you with reason for action. I apply this relationship theory to normative questions that arise in the contexts of interpersonal relationship such as the nature of love, the obligations between current and ex lovers, polyamory, emotional affairs, and the role that tenderness plays in fulfilling our special obligations.

    The second project reconceptualizes love in a broader narrative on public emotions and social justice. It aims to foster the emotion of civic tenderness for people and groups who are vulnerable throughout our society. I consider how attitudes of indifference pose a challenge to the extension of civic compassion. Insofar as we are indifferent to others who are in situations of need, we tend to be less compassionate towards them. I develop an analytic framework for the public emotion of Civic Tenderness to combat indifference toward people who are vulnerable before the American Criminal Justice System and the American economy. Civic tenderness is an orientation of concern that is generated for people and groups that occupy vulnerable positions in our society. Whereas compassion is a response to a situation of suffering, tenderness is a response to a situation of vulnerability. Insofar as occupying a situation of suffering implies having been vulnerable to occupying that position, vulnerability is prior to suffering and tenderness is prior to compassion.

    As a teacher, I believe in creating an intimate philosophical learning environment where people learn to be more caring toward one another as fellow citizens. In this environment, people grow familiar with and come to appreciate the central concerns of human existence, the importance of critical thinking and effective communication, and their roles as responsible citizens in a democratic society like our own. If we can learn how to encounter and appreciate differences in this environment, then we have learned something important about treating each other with care.

    As a public intellectual, I facilitate a community focused reading group called PAGES Reading Group and I have appeared in interviews and am a regular contributor to writing venues that are open and accessible to the public.

  • Tara Diener

    Tara Diener

    Lecturer

    BioTara received a Ph.D. in Anthropology and History from the University of Michigan in 2016 and a Graduate Certificate in Science, Technology, and Society in 2014. Prior to graduate studies at Michigan, she practiced as a Registered Nurse in obstetrics and pediatrics while earning an M.A. in Bioethics, Humanities, and Society from the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences (CEHLS) at Michigan State University. She has taught courses in creative non-fiction writing, medical, biological, and sociocultural anthropology, international and African studies, global health, political science, and the history of medicine in the US, Western Europe, and sub-Saharan Africa. She is an anthropologist and historian of medicine, maternal and infant health and mortality, global health (non)systems, and nursing ethics and practice. She is proficient in both archival and ethnographic methods and her previous projects have focused on the United Kingdom and Sierra Leone.

  • Kevin DiPirro

    Kevin DiPirro

    PWR Advanced Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSPECIALIZATION: Rhetoric of Performance; Multimodal Presentation; Devised Theatre; Art and Technology

  • Huw Duffy

    Huw Duffy

    Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsHuw works on the history of Ancient Greek philosophy. His current research focuses on Plato's philosophical methodology and his conception of political skill or expertise, as well as Aristotle's critical response to Plato's ideas. He is especially interested in how Plato answered the following questions: 'What methods should we employ, and what assumptions about reality must we make, in order to successfully discover important, objective truths about controversial subjects such as politics?' and 'What does a person need to know in order to govern well, and to what extent can this knowledge be written down in a code of laws?' While Plato's answers to these questions, and to a certain extent the questions themselves, seem deeply foreign to us, Huw hopes that studying them will help us better understand our own assumptions about the nature and limits of philosophy and political thought.

  • Samah Elbelazi

    Samah Elbelazi

    Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSPECIALIZATION: Art-based Research, Rhetoric and TESOL, Narrative Inquiry, Islamic Feminism

  • Erik Ellis

    Erik Ellis

    PWR Advanced Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSPECIALIZATION: Multimodal Composition, Visual Rhetoric, The Essay, Style, Picture Books

  • Norah Fahim

    Norah Fahim

    Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSPECIALIZATION: Digital Rhetoric, Narrative Inquiry, Writing Program Administration, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and Second Language Writing

  • Lindsey Felt

    Lindsey Felt

    Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsSPECIALIZATION: 20th and 21st Century American Literature, Disability Studies, Media Culture, Science and Technology Studies, Graphic Narrative, Digital Humanities, Posthumanism.