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PHILOSOPHY DEPARTMENT POSITION ON THE IMMIGRATION BAN: The Department of Philosophy at Northwestern University fully endorses the statement of our national professional organization, the American Philosophical Association, on the recent ban on immigration. We also endorse the statement from the Association of American Universities, a group of leading research universities of which Northwestern is a member.

Congratulations to Professor Kyla Ebels-Duggan, whose paper in THE AIMS OF HIGHER EDUCATION is in a volume that just won the Association of American Colleges and Universities annual Frederick Ness prize for a book contributing to our understanding of liberal education.

Adam Struck: Northwestern Alum Makes Forbes 30 Under 30

Congratulations to PhD student Gretchen Ellefson who has just been named to the American Philosophical Association's Graduate Student Council!

Congratulations to NU Philosophy's Ethics Bowl team, which qualified to compete at the National Competition in Dallas in February.

The Chicago-Area Consortium in German Philosophy is pleased to host Dr. Rebecca Comay (University of Toronto), who will be giving a lecture entitled "Walter Benjamin and Revolutionary Inheritance" on Friday, February 17. The talk will be held from 4-6pm in Cuneo Hall, room 217, at Loyola University Chicago.
Discussants: Mira Balberg (Dept of Religious Studies), Sandy Goldberg (Department of Philosophy), and Ken Seeskin (Depts of Philosophy and Religious Studies)
Jennifer Lackey (Wayne and Elizabeth Jones Professor of Philosophy) For the past year, I have been teaching college courses at Stateville Correctional Center, a maximum-security men’s prison in a suburb of Chicago. All of my students have been convicted of at least one murder and nearly all of them are serving very lengthy sentences, yet they are among the most engaged and thoughtful students I have had in my 16 years of teaching at the college level. Drawing on this experience, along with research on the benefits of prison education, I will show why education, especially at the postsecondary level, should be provided in all prisons. Along every relevant dimension, prison education has been shown to be invaluable: it cuts recidivism rates dramatically, eases reentry through increased and improved employment opportunities, significantly reduces violence and disciplinary infractions within prisons, breaks down racial barriers among those who are incarcerated, and is highly cost effective. But perhaps most remarkable of all, it enables incarcerated men and women to create a community of inquiry, where curiosity, creativity, mentorship, and activism are prized.