Department News

  • PHI 485 students deliver new areas for reading at Buffalo City Mission
    When the student team in the PPE course, PHI 485, identified a need for places to read inside the Buffalo City Mission, they proceeded to develop three areas, and built bookshelves for over 1,000 donated books for the residents. Their capstone project is the subject of an article by Charles Anzalone, UB News.
  • Philosophy graduate students selected as Social Impact Fellows
    The Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce that three graduate students have been selected as Social Impact Fellows for Summer 2023. Botan Dolun, Katrina Johnson, and Noah Kim are among ten graduate students selected for this program. They’ll each receive a $5,000 stipend and spend the summer interning with a local, Buffalo non-profit organization. Learn more about the program.
  • David Emmanuel Gray recognized for promoting academic integrity
    In conjunction with National Honesty Day, UB's Office of Academic Integrity recognized David E. Gray as one of five individuals who promoted a culture of integrity at UB during the 2022-2023 academic year. The award cites Dr. Gray's proactive approach to ensuring academic integrity in his classes through clear communication of expectations, Honor Agreements, and the use of “philosopher’s stones” when students need coursework extensions. He approaches policy violations in a compassionate and educational manner, always with an eye on character development for the student. Dr. Gray’s PHI 485 course challenges students to “make the world a better place”. Read more.

New and Noteworthy

UB Seen—Books for a cause:  In the course, Integrating PPE (PHI 485), students work in teams on a semester-long, capstone project in order to make the world better. Team Traffic Cones (pictured) is working with the Buffalo City Mission to improve the lives of the most vulnerable members of our communities. In particular, Team Traffic Cones is collecting books, board games—and even bookshelves!—to set up in the common areas of the Mission’s shelters.