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13th Annual McDowell Conference
Fall 2003 Program

included lectures on various topics from seven of the Department of Philosophy's own alumni.

Friday, November 14, 2003
McDowell Formal Lounge
1:00 pm to 6:00 pm


1:00 pm - 3:30 pm Session I:
Jeffrey Reiman
William Fraser McDowell Professor of Philosophy, American University

“Can the Agora Be Digitized? Some Reflections on Philosophizing Online”
Nancy J. Matchett
Marsico Lecturer in the Arts & Humanities, University of Denver; Lecturer for the School of Professional Development, Electronic Extension Program at SUNY/Stony Brook

“On Consideration of Racial Identities in the 21st Century: Answering the Call to Get Rid of Race Now”
Donna-Dale L. Marcano
Assistant Professor, LeMoyne College

Rereading Rawls for the 21st Century”
Alan W. Grose
Adjunct Lecturer in Philosophy, Baruch College, CUNY; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Philosophy, LIU/Brooklyn

“Accountability and Responsibility”
Mitch Haney
Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department of History, Philosophy and Geography, Missouri Western State College

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Coffee and Donuts

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Session II:
“Locke on Conduct”
Eva Kort
Visiting Assistant Professor, Kansas State University

“Consciously Transactional and Positively Transforming Moral Agency”
Barbara Lowe
Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, New York

“Beyond Naturalism”
Robert Barnard
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Mississippi.


Robert Barnard is a native of upstate New York and spent his youth in northwestern Ohio. Barnard came to American University as a freshman in fall 1987 (as an SIS major, go figure...), completing his B.A. (Philosophy, 1991) and M.A. (Philosophy, 1994) degrees here. Before leaving DC, Barnard married fellow AU alum Marie Galante (SPA, 1992) and spent enough time working in publishing to know for sure that it wasn't his bag. Barnard started the Ph.D. program in Philosophy at the University of Memphis in 1995 and graduated in summer 2000. In fall 2000 Barnard joined the faculty of the University of Mississippi, Department of Philosophy and Religion, where he primarily teaches courses in metaphysics, epistemology, and early 20th century analytic philosophy. Barnard resides in Oxford, MS, with wife Marie and two sons.

Alan W. Grose graduated from the M.A. in Philosophy and Social Policy program at American University in 1995. Before that he received his B.A. in Philosophy from Furman University in Greenville, S.C. He is currently writing his Ph.D. dissertation in philosophy at the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York. Grose currently teaches as Adjunct Lecturer in Philosophy at Baruch College, CUNY, and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus. He has taught at Stevens Institute of Technology, New York University, and the Center for Worker Education of the City College of New York, CUNY. He works also for Garland Science Publishing, an imprint of Taylor and Francis. Most recently he is the translator of Hegel's poem "Eleusis." His dissertation Intimacy at the Heart of Democracy: A Critical Study of Liberalism and the Idea of Reconciliation through the Public Use of Reason will be finished "one of these days."

Mitch Haney is the Chair of the Department of History, Philosophy, and Geography at Missouri Western State College as well as an Assistant Professor of Philosophy. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Memphis (1996). He earned his M.A. in Philosophy at American University in 1991. Dr. Haney has held previous academic appointments as both a Visiting Assistant Professor and a Frances-Elvidge Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of South Florida. He has published and presented on topics in the areas of Meta-Ethics, Ethical Theory, Applied Ethics, and Epistemology.

Eva Kort is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Kansas State University. She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Florida in 2001 and holds M.A. degrees in Philosophy and Social Policy (American University, 1994) and Anthropology (University of Kentucky, 1991). In her research, she has focused, primarily, on questions of personal identity broadly understood, and related concerns. Her areas of specialization in philosophy include applied ethics and Modern philosophy. She has published papers in the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology and Professional Ethics: A Multidisciplinary Journal.

Barbara J. Lowe is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York. Lowe has taught courses in ethics, women's studies, and philosophy of education, and received the college's Excellence in Teaching Award for the 2002-2003 academic year. She earned her B.A. degree with honors in philosophy at St. Lawrence University, her M.A. in counseling at Bowling Green State University, and her M.A. in philosophy at American University in 1997 before pursuing her Ph.D. in philosophy at Fordham University. Her most recent work has focused on the nature and qualities of moral agency, with applied considerations for education and environmental issues. Barbara lives with her husband Mark and son Brendon in Rochester, New York.

Donna-Dale L. Marcano was born in Trinidad, W.I. Marcano received her M.A. in Philosophy from American University in 1998, and is currently completing doctoral work in philosophy at the University of Memphis. She is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY. Her areas of specialization are Sartre, Philosophy and Race, and Social and Political Philosophy.

Nancy J. Matchett is currently a Marsico Lecturer in Arts & Humanities at the University of Denver, and an Online Lecturer for the Electronic Extension Program of the School of Professional Development at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She has previously taught for Colorado Community Colleges Online, Mesa State College (in Grand Junction, Colorado), and the University of Maryland at College Park. She holds a Ph.D. in philosophy (University of Maryland, 1998), an M.A. in Philosophy and Social Policy (American University, 1992), and a B.A. in International Relations (Brown University, 1989). She lives with her husband and two children in Denver, Colorado, and spends as much time in the Rocky Mountains as she can!

Jeffrey Reiman is the William Fraser McDowell Professor of Philosophy at American University. He is the author of In Defense of Political Philosophy (Harper & Row, 1972), Justice and Modern Moral Philosophy (Yale, 1990), Critical Moral Liberalism: Theory and Practice (Rowman & Littlefield, 1997), The Death Penalty: For and Against (with Louis Pojman) (Rowman & Littlefield, 1998), Abortion and the Ways We Value Human Life (Rowman & Littlefield, 1999), The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison: Ideology, Class, and Criminal Justice, 7th ed. (Allyn & Bacon, 2004), and more than fifty articles in philosophy and criminal justice journals and anthologies.