Curriculum Vitae

 

Wendy C. Hamblet, Ph.D.

Department of Philosophy

Adelphi University

Garden City, New York . 11530. U.S.A.

Telephone: 516-877-4585

Fax: 516-877-4579

 

42 Bruce Lane

Brentwood , New York . 11717. U.S.A.

Telephone: 631-952-0524

e-mail: wchamblet@yahoo.com

 

Areas of Specialization

 

Ancient Greek and Hellenistic Thought; Ritual and Myth in the Western Tradition

Philosophy of “Evil” (Holocaust and genocide studies, violence, human nature/nurture studies)

Theoretical Ethics, Contemporary Moral Issues

History of Philosophy

Areas of Competence

 

Political and Social Theory

Eastern Philosophy and Religion

African Philosophy and Religion

Philosophy of Religion

Critical Inquiry

 

Educational Background

 

2000. M.A./ Ph.D. (Philosophy). The Pennsylvania State University , University Park , Pennsylvania .

                Concentration: Ancient, Continental / Phenomenology, History of Philosophy.

                Dissertation Director: Charles E. Scott. 

                Committee:  John Sallis, Vincent Colapietro, Jeffrey Nealon.

"The Ambiguity of Home"  This work attempts to explain the violent history of the West as a problem of the logic whereby identity is formed and maintained.  It proposes that identity-formation may comprise the re-enactment of "ordering mechanisms" bequeathed by violent ritual histories.

1997. M.A. (Philosophy). Brock University , Ontario , Canada .  Concentration: Eastern Thought,         Continental Philosophy, Phenomenology.

                Thesis: "The Problem of Justice in Plato and Levinas"

                Thesis Director: David Goicoechea  

Committee: Ric Brown (Philosophy, Brock University ), Leonard Rosmarin (Romance Dept., Brock University ), Robert Gibbs (Jewish Studies/ Philosophy, University of Toronto ).

1996. B.A. Honours (Philosophy). Brock University, Ontario, Canada.

1971. Ontario Teachers Certification Degree.   St. Catharines Teachers' College , Ontario , Canada .

 

Languages:   English, Ancient Greek, French (read only), Italian. Swahili (elementary).

 

 

Teaching Experience and Assistantships

United States of America

Adelphi University , New York .

September, 2003:  Introduction to Philosophy- 1 section

                Ethics and Morality- 2 sections

California State University , Stanislaus:

Spring 2003:  Contemporary Moral Issues-(“War, Terror and Rhetoric”)- 1 section

                Political Philosophy- 1 section

                Introduction to Philosophy- 2 sections

                Honors Service Learning Project- 1 section

Winter 2003: Contemporary Moral Issues (“War, Terror and Rhetoric”)- 1 section

                Independent studies- “War and Terror”- 2 students

                Independent studies- “Philosophy of Education—John Dewey”- 1 student

Fall 2002: Intro to Philosophy- 2 sections

                Philosophical Inquiry- 1 section

                Contemporary Moral Issues (core course to a “cluster” of Honors courses)- 1 section

                Thesis Director- Anthropology/Philosophy Studies in Non-Western Cultures- 1 student

                Independent Studies- “Contemporary Ethical Problems”- 1 student

Summer 2002: Contemporary Moral Issues- 1 section

                Introduction to Philosophy- 1 section

                Independent Study Director- Ethics- I student

                Thesis Director- Anthropology/Philosophy Studies in Non-Western Cultures- 1 student

Spring 2002: Honors Colloquium- 1 section

                Introduction to Philosophy- 1 section

                Philosophical Inquiry- 3 sections

                Thesis Director- Anthropology/Philosophy Studies in Non-Western Cultures- 1 student

Fall 2001:  Philosophical Inquiry- 3 sections

                Contemporary Moral Issues- 1 section

                Thesis Director- Anthropology/Philosophy Studies in Non-Western Cultures- 1 student

Summer 2001:  Concepts of Home in Philosophical Perspective- 1 section

                 Introduction to Philosophy- 1 section.

Spring 2001:  Introduction to Philosophy- 2 sections

                Contemporary Moral Issues- 1 section

                Advanced Ethics- 1 section

Winter 2001:  Contemporary Moral Issues- 1 section

Fall 2000:  Introduction to Philosophy-  1 section

                Philosophical Inquiry-  2 sections

                Thesis Director- capstone project in Philosophy (topic: Levinas and Husserl)- 1 student

The Pennsylvania State University :

June 1998- December 2000:  Research Assistant to Charles E. Scott (Philosophy), The Pennsylvania State

                University

August 1997- May 1998: Teaching Assistant "Philosophical Problems"

Canada :

August 1996- December 1996: Teaching Assistant "Philosophy of Sex"

                Brock University , Ontario .

August 1988- February 1989: Teaching Secondary Level Maths and English

                Bayfield Private Detention College , Consecon , Ontario .

September 1985- August 1988:  Computer skills.

                IBM Canada/ Quinte Office Systems, Belleville , Ontario .

September 1970- August 1982:  Elementary level teaching, all subjects

                Lincoln County Board of Education, Ontario .

Zimbabwe , Africa :

January 1983-August 1985:  College Level Maths and English.

                Special Projects: Debate Team and Public Speaking Club

Kutama College , Norton , Zimbabwe : (a World University Service of Canada aid project)

August 1982- August 1985:  Established “Kutama Creche” preschool, raised monies and trained preschool

aids for teaching preschoolers. Location: Kutama Mission, Kutama , Zimbabwe .

Project for Reclaiming the Reserve Lands: Secured grant of $10,000 from Canadian government,

organized team of students and local villagers to plant trees and dig wells in “reserve lands” around Kutama Mission.

 

Awards and Distinctions

 

January 13-17, 2003 . Winter Faculty Seminar. Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States

Holocaust Memorial Museum . (All expenses paid faculty teaching seminar)

2002/2003 Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Grant, CSU Stanislaus. ($600 awarded.)

2002/2003 Dean’s Initiative Fund. CSU Stanislaus. ($300 awarded.)

March 2002 Faculty Merit Bonus Award, CSU Stanislaus. ($500. awarded.)

The 1999 David Stang Graduate Student Essay Contest, Department of Philosophy, Penn State .

September 1998- August 1999. Edwin Erle Sparks Fellowship, Philosophy Department,

                The Pennsylvania State University .

September 1997- August 2000. Graduate Assistantship and Scholarship, Philosophy

Department, The Pennsylvania State University

September 1996- August 1997.  Ontario Government Graduate Studies Scholarship (O.C.G.S.  $15000.)

September 1996- August 1997.  Brock University Philosophy Department Fellowship ($7000.)

April 1996  SUNY Free Inquiry Journal of Philosophy Undergraduate Essay Competition, prize for the            paper:  "Platonic Love: Another Look"

September 1995 Brock Philosophical Society Scholarship

April 1995   SUNY Free Inquiry Journal of Philosophy Undergraduate Essay Competition for the paper:          "Plato's Proofs for the Immortality of the Soul: Revisiting the Phaedo"

 

Conference Participation

 

October 23-26, 2003 . Concerned Philosophers for Peace Annual Conference, Pacific University , Forest

                Grove, Oregon . “Challenges to Peace.” Paper Presented: “Murderous Dichotomies: Exposing the

                Logic of Violence”

March 29, 2003 . American Philosophical Association (Pacific) Meeting. Concerned Philosophers for

                Peace” Session. Paper Presented: “Sacred Home-spaces and Demonic Enemies: Collapsing the

Logic of Violence”

January 12-17, 2003 . Faculty Teaching Seminar. Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States

Holocaust Memorial Museum . Topic: “Theology, Ethics, Religion and the Holocaust.”

November 22-23, 2002 .  “Assessing George W. Bush at Midpoint in his Presidency” sponsored by Center

for International Politics and Ethics, University of Southern Mississippi .  Paper presented:

“Unleashing the Demons: the Legacy of Ritual Violence in the Rhetoric of George W. Bush”

October 30, 2002 .  Solicited Panelist for “Anti-War Teach-In” California State University , Stanislaus.

 Sponsored by Amnesty International and Women’s Advocacy Organization.

October 24-27, 2002 . Concerned Philosophers for Peace Conference: War and Peace in a Time of

Terror and Terrorism.  Walsh University . Paper Presented: “Emmanuel Levinas on ‘Innocent

Violences’ and the ‘Just War.’”

April 29, 2002 .  Organizer/Facilitator/Introductory Addressor of “The Contemporary Relevance of the

Armenian Genocide,” CSU Stanislaus (co-sponsors Global Affairs and Philosophy Department,

CSU Stanislaus) an event in memorial of the Armenian Genocide featuring keynote address by Professor Vahakn Dadrian.

March 28-31, 2002 .  American Philosophical Association, Western Division Meeting. Seattle , Washington .

                Paper Presented: “ Paradise Lost and the Question of Legitimacy.”

January 26-27, 2002 .  “Generations of Genocide” Sponsored by Wiener Library, London , UK .

                Moderator of Session: Teaching About Genocide.

November 2-3, 2001 .  Joyful Wisdom Conference.  Brock University , Ontario .

                Paper Presented:  “From Walter Burkert’s Homo Necans to Primo Levi’s Drowned Saved to Bataille’s Enraged Torturer.”

July 17-21, 2001 .  Annual Conference of the International Society for the History,

                Philosophy and Social Study of Biology, Quinnipiac University , CT.

                Paper Presented: “Mutilated/ Mutilating Beings:  What is Genetically Encoded?” 

June 9-12, 2001 .  Biannual Conference of the Association of Genocide Scholars.

Minneapolis , Minn.

September 2000.  Violence and Education.  CSU Stanislaus Philosophy Department

Lecture  Series. Paper presented: "What are we to do about the Children?"

July 1999.  Participant. Collegium Phaenomenologicum, Città di Castello , Italy .

                Theme: Phenomenal Life, Material Life.

                Paper presented at the Graduate Student Pre-conference: "Secrets of the Heretic: A

Study in the Phenomenology of Jan Patocka"

April 22, 1999 .  27th Annual Conference on Value Inquiry

                Center for Applied and Professional Ethics, C.M.S.U. Missouri.

                Paper Presented: "Secrets of the Heretic: A Study in the Phenomenology of Jan

Patocka"

March 18, 1999 .  Face to Face with the Real World: Contemporary Applications of

Levinas Walsh University , Ohio .  Sponsored by Wilkoff Jewish Studies Project,

Temple Israel , Shaaray Torah Synagogue, The Canton Jewish Federation.

                Paper Presented: "A Paradoxical Virtue: The Failure of Doric Harmony in

Emmanuel Levinas"

February 11, 1999 .  2000 Years of Agape Brock University , Ontario .

                Paper Presented: "A Paradoxical Virtue: The Failure of Doric Harmony in

Emmanuel Levinas"

November 6, 1998 .  Joyful Wisdom Conference VI, Brock University , Ontario .

                Paper Presented: "Inhabiting the Erotic Space: Irigaray in Plato's Symposium"

July- August Participant Collegium Phaenomenologicum, Perugia , Italy .

                Theme: Truth, Translation, Interpretation.

January 23, 1998 .  Humanity, Astronomy and the Cosmos, Brock Philosophical Society,

Royal Astronomical Society, Niagara . Brock University , Ontario .

                Paper Presented: "Suffering in the Cosmos: The Innocence of Evil in Levinas and

Weil"

June 19, 1997 . Varieties of Universalism Conference, Brock University , Ontario .

                Paper Presented: "Plato's Universalism: Aporia and the Truth"

September 27, 1966 .  Joyful Wisdom Conference V. Brock University , Ontario .

                Paper Presented: "From Joy to Sorrow or Glory: Levinas' New Pathology"

April 29, 1996 .  Seventh Annual Western New York / Southern Ontario Undergraduate Philosophy

Conference. State University of New York at Buffalo

                Paper Presented: Platonic Love: Another Look"

April 27, 1995 .  Sixth Annual Western New York / Southern Ontario Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

                State University of New York at Buffalo

                Paper: "Another Look: Plato's ‘Proofs’ of the Immortality of the Soul."

 

Service

University Committee Service:

2003-     Adelphi Faculty Teaching and Advisement Committee

2004-     Adelphi Faculty Senate (serving as senator representing Philosophy Department)

Teaching Service:

September 25, 2003 . Prof. Augustyn’s class: “Principles of Teaching: Socratic vs Sophistic Teaching Methods and their Ethical Implications.”

Community Service:

April 16, 2003 . CSU Stanislaus Faculty/Staff/Student Teach-In: “The American Invasion of Iraq .” Solicited

Lecturer. Paper Presented: “The ‘Rebounding’ of Historical Violence.”

April 10, 2003 . Modesto High School Teach-In: “Understanding the Logic of War.”  Solicited Lecturer for

2 sessions.

October 31, 2001 . Public Address at Rotary Club, Fonthill , Ontario . 

                Paper Presented: “Reconfiguring Ethics for a Post-Holocaust World”

 

Publications

Books:

Savage Constructions: ‘Rebounding’ Violences in Africa (under review by Rodopi Press of Amsterdam ).

The Sacred Monstrous: Reflections on Violence in Human Communities. Lanham , Maryland :

Lexington Books. December, 2003.

Chapters in Books:

"A Paradoxical Virtue: The Failure of Doric Harmony in Emmanuel Levinas" (refereed) chapter in

Practicing Levinas, Laura Duhan-Kaplan, Lawrence Bove, eds. Value Inquiry Book Series,

Amsterdam : Rodopi Press, (forthcoming 2004)

"Plato's Universalism: Aporia and the Truth" in Varieties of Universalism, M. Zlomislic, D. Goicoechea,

Z. Zeman, eds. Port Colborne , Ontario : Thought House Publishing Group, 1999.

"From Joy to Sorrow or Glory: Levinas' New Pathology" in Joyful Wisdom, Vol. V, Port

Colborne , Ontario and Zagreb : Thought House Publishing Group. (forthcoming)

"Inhabiting the Erotic Space: Irigaray in Plato's Symposium" in Joyful Wisdom, Vol. VI, Port Colborne and

Zagreb : Thought House Publishing Group. (forthcoming)

 “From Walter Burkert’s Homo Necans to Primo Levi’s Drowned Saved to Bataille’s Enraged Torturer”

                in Joyful Wisdom, Vol. VII, Port Colborne , Ontario and Zagreb : Thought House. Publishing

                Group. (forthcoming)

Articles in Refereed Journals:

 “Paradise Lost and the Question of Legitimacy” in RATIO Vol. xvii, No.1, (January, 2004).

“The Irresponsibility of the Host: A Reading of Heidegger's 'The Ister'” in Journal of the British Society

for Phenomenology (forthcoming 2004).

“Murderous Dichotomies” in Concerned Philosophers for Peace Newsletter, Fall, 2003.

Solicited series joint project on “Cruelty” co-authored with Giorgio Baruchello. First in series: “What is

Cruelty?” in Appraisal, Vol. 4, no. 4, (October, 2003).

"The Geography of Goodness: Proximity's Dilemma," in Monist 86:3 (July, 2003). 

"Identity, Self-Alienation, and the Problem of Homelessness" in Symposium, Vol. 7, no. 2, (Fall 2003).

“Crusaders and Sacrificial Others: The George W. Bush Administration.” in American Diplomacy  for

UNC Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense, and Triangle Institute for Security Studies, (June,

2003).

“The Crisis of Meanings: Could the Cure be the Cause of Genocide?” in The Journal of Genocide Research

(2003), 5(2), 237-249.

“The Roots of Violence: seeking reasons for unreasonable behaviors” in Appraisal, October, 2003, Vol. 4,

No. 4.

“Naming the Violence: The Violence of Naming” in Concerned Philosophers for Peace Newsletter,

January, 2003.

“An Embarrassing Inquiry into the Meaning-fulness of Life” in The Meaning of Life, Vol. 46, (January,

2003). 

"The Uselessness of Philosophy" in Existentia for “Societas Philosophia Classica.” (October, 2002).

 “What are we to do about the Children?” in Ethica, Vol.14, no.1, (2002), 101-122.

 “Integrity or Rupture?  Seeking an Ethos for a Holocaust-ing World” in Prima Philosophia.

Traude Junghans Verlag: Cuxhaven and Dartford , (October-December, 2001).

"Spinoza: Ironist and Moral Philosopher" in Gnosis. Summer 2001.

"The Disarming of Being: The Metaphysics of Benedict de Spinoza" in Prima Philosophia, Traude

Junghans Verlag: Cuxhaven & Dartford, (January-March 2001).

"Swan Songs in the Key of Holocaust: Levinas' Noble Lie of Freedom" in Ethica, Vol. 13, no.1, Graham

Speake, ed., (Spring, 2001).

"Ancestor Worship" in Encyclopedia of Greece and the Hellenic Tradition. London , U.K: Fitzroy

Dearborn Press. (July, 2000).

"Jean Genet: Love on the Underside of Being" in Murmure, The Pennsylvania State University Press, (May

2000).

"Shaken Heroes: The Secret Orthodoxy of the Heretic" in EIDOS, Vol. XVI, No.1.

"Edmund Husserl: The Impossible Dominion" in CUSJP, Vol.18, No.1, (Spring, 1999).

"Suffering in the Cosmos: The Redemption of Evil in Levinas and Weil" in Philosophical Writings, No.10.

(Spring, 1999). University of Durham , U.K.

Articles in Non-Refereed Journals

“Teaching Socratically” in California State University (Stanislaus) Project: Faculty Voices, Fall 2003.

Abstracts

Solicited: abstract of “The Geography of Goodness” (from Monist 86.3) in Review of Metaphysics,

Fall 2003.

Reviews:

Jay D. Glass, The Animal Within Us, Corona del Mar, California : Donington Press, 1998, in Human Nature

Review, Volume 3: 339-340, (August, 2003).

Clarissa Ryle Hayward , De-Facing Power, Cambridge University Press, 2000, in The Journal of

International Politics and Ethics, 2001.

Enrico Coen,  The art of genes: how organisms make themselves, Oxford : Oxford

University Press, 1999, in New Genetics and Society, Vol. 20, no.3.

Freeman J. Dyson,  The Sun, the Genome, and the Internet: Tools of Scientific

Revolutions, Oxford and New York : Oxford University Press, 1999, in New

Genetics and Society, Vol. 20, no. 3.               

Eric R. Wolf. Envisioning Power:  Ideologies of Dominance and Crisis,  University of California Press,          1999, in Philosophy in Review, Vol. XXI, No.5, (October 2001).

Matt Ridley, Genome: the Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters, London : Fourth

Estate, 1999, in New Genetics and Society. Vol. 20, no. 2, 2001.

Jacques Rancière, Disagreement: Politics and Philosophy, Julie Rose, tr., Minneapolis and London :

University of Minnesota Press, 1999, in Philosophy in Review, Vol. XIX. No. 5, (October, 1999).

Editorships:

Associate Editor Newsletter Concerned Philosophers for Peace. (Spring 2003-  ).

Associate Editor Philosophies of Peace Book Series (Fall 2003-  )

 

 

Affiliations, Collaborations

 

Alumnus of The Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in

Washington D.C.

Co-Director of Pacific Division of Concerned Philosophers For Peace.

Active Member of The International Association of Genocide Scholars (since 2001)

Active Member of The Institute for the Study of Genocide (since 2001).

Solicited collaborator in the KLI Theory Lab project undertaken by the Konrad Lorenz Institute

                for Evolution and Cognitive Research, Altenberg ( Vienna ), Austria .

Activist Member of Amnesty International.

Researcher for 9-11peace.org/ MoveOn.org.

Faculty Advisor to “Good Works” Honors Club, CSU Stanislaus, a student club dedicated to           community service. (2001-2002).

CSU Campus Contact for “Women Interfering With Politics,” international support organization for

Russian women. (2000-2003)

Participant of Eco-Delphi Project Think Tank on Global Sustainability, Quebec , Canada .

 

References

 

Charles E. Scott.  Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Philosophy.

                The Pennsylvania State University , University Park , Pennsylvania , 16802 . ces11@psu.edu

                814-238-2567

John Sallis.  Liberal Arts Professor of Philosophy.

                The Pennsylvania State University , University Park , Pennsylvania . 16802. jcs29@psu.edu

                814-865-1684

Vincent Colapietro.  Professor of Philosophy.

                The Pennsylvania State University , University Park , Pennsylvania . 16802. vxc5@psu.edu

                814-865-1240

David Goicoechea.  Professor of Philosophy.

                Brock University , St. Catharines , Ontario , Canada . L2S 3A1. dgoicoec@brocku.ca

                905-892-4987

Raj Ravindra Singh.  Chair and Professor of Philosophy.

Brock University , St. Catharines , Ontario , Canada . L2S 3A1. ravindrasingh@hotmail.com

905-227-3176

Austin Ahanotu, Chair and Professor of History ( California State University and Berea College , Tennessee )

                1266 Francisco Street , Berkeley , California . 94702. aahanotu@toto.csustan.edu

Pelaji Kyauka, Professor of Biology and Anthropology ( California State University )

                P.O. Box 4352 , Modesto , CA 95352   scimats4@earthlink.net

Valerie Broin, Professor of Philosophy. California State University , Stanislaus. Turlock , CA. 95382. 

broin@toto.csustan.edu 209-549-7537