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Department News

It is with sadness that we announce that our former colleague C. Michael Gelven passed away on June 1. Professor Gelven (1937-2018) taught at NIU for 46 years, inspiring generations of students. The author of a dozen books, he served as Distinguished Research Professor from 1997 until his retirement in 2011.


Evan Dutmer (B.A., 2012), who is currently finishing his Ph.D. in philosophy at Northwestern University, will be a full-time, tenure-track Instructor in Latin at the Culver Academies in fall 2018.


Professor Mylan Engel is recipient of a 2018 Presidential Teaching Professorship.


Peter van Elswyk (M.A., 2012) will be assistant professor of philosophy at University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee in fall 2018.


Renee Jorgensen Bolinger (M.A., 2012) will be assistant professor at Princeton University in fall 2019, with appointments in the Department of Politics and the University Center for Human Values.


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Upcoming Events

Rafalson Essay Contest Winner

Christopher Copan, Northern Illinois University

How to Deal with Selfless Assertions

May 4, 2018
3:00 p.m., Holmes Student Center, University Suite

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Kevin Timpe, Calvin College

Disability, Virtue and Well-Being

September 28, 2018
3:00 p.m., TBA


Jennifer Lackey, Northwestern University

False Confessions and Testimonial Injustice

October 19, 2018
3:00 p.m., TBA


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Contact Us

Department of Philosophy
Northern Illinois University
Zulauf Hall 915
DeKalb, IL 60115
Fax: (815) 753-0543

Jessica Williams, Office Staff
Phone: (815) 753-0331
Email: jwilliams4@niu.edu

Jonie Barshinger, Office Manager
Phone: (815) 753-0333
Email: jonie@niu.edu

Undergraduate Advisor

Prof. Steve Daskal
Office: Zulauf 1026
Phone: (815) 753-6410
Email: sdaskal@niu.edu

Graduate Advisor

Prof. Lenny Clapp
Office: Zulauf 903
Phone: (815) 753-6414
Email: lclapp@niu.edu

Department Chair

David J. Buller
Phone: (815) 753-6299
Email: buller@niu.edu