Current Schedule

We are pleased to announce the Literature & Philosophy Workshop’s Autumn 2018 schedule. All discussions take place at 5:00 p.m. in Foster 305 or Foster 505 (location in parentheses after each event title); a light reception follows in every case. Please direct your questions to Andrea Ray ( or Paul Cato (


October 2nd: James Kreines (Professor of Philosophy, Claremont McKenna College), “Absolute Idealism and the Metaphysical Definitions of God: Hegel on Aristotle and Spinoza” (Foster 505)


October 18th: Lindsay Atnip (PhD candidate, Committee on Social Thought), “The Search for Tragic Form in Norman Maclean’s Young Men and Fire” (Foster 305)

A consideration of modern tragedy and the kind of intelligibility we seek through literary form, through a reading of Maclean’s personal and poetic account of the events leading to the deaths of thirteen Smokejumpers in a 1949 forest fire, and of his own investigation of these events–his attempt, as he puts it, to “transform catastrophe into tragedy.”


November 29th: Leon Wash, (PhD candidate, Classics) TBA (Foster 305)



December 6th: Jane Mikkelson (PhD candidate, South Asian Languages and Civilizations), TBA (Foster 305)