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2014 Eastern Division Meeting: Letter from the Secretary-Treasurer
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To all members of the association:

The one hundred eleventh annual meeting of the Eastern Division will be held from Saturday, December 27, through Tuesday, December 30, 2014, at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. All meeting functions will take place at this hotel. Hotel accommodations at convention rates will be available at the Marriott. I suggest that you make reservations at your earliest convenience. Please note: suite reservations for interviewers are handled separately. Reserve an interview suite.

Meeting registration and reception table reservations may also be made online.

1. Registration

Please note: It costs less to register in advance than at the meeting. The purpose of this change is to encourage as many attendees as possible to pre-register, thereby reducing the long lines at the registration desk at the start of the meeting.

Registration rates for the 2014 meeting are as follows:
  • APA members: $90 for advance registration, $130 for regular registration
  • Non-members: $130 for advance registration, $170 for regular registration
  • Student members: $30 for advance registration, $70 for regular registration
Advance registration rates are in effect through Monday, December 15, 2014, at midnight Eastern time. After that time, the regular registration rates will be in effect.

A portion of the division’s registration income is returned to the national office to cover the salaries of staff members essential to the functioning of the division. The remaining amount goes to offset meeting expenses directly. All those participating in the meeting are required to register, and to wear their name badges at all times while attending meeting activities to signify that they have done so. The staff conducts random checks at the meeting, and those who have not registered are asked to do so immediately.

Persons who are not now members may take advantage of the lower registration fee for members by joining the APA. Join online at any time or complete a membership application during the meeting, available at the APA registration desk.

The APA registration desk will be open at the following times:
  • Saturday, December 27: 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 28: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, December 29: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 30: 8:30 a.m. to noon

2. Placement service

The APA placement service functions mainly as a channel of communication between interviewers and job applicants. It can be particularly valuable when other arrangements fail to function properly. For this reason, interviewers and candidates, even those who plan to use the placement center for no other purpose, should inform the placement center about how they may be contacted in case of an emergency. The placement process will operate most smoothly when hiring committees and applicants make preparations for their part in advance of the annual meeting and when interviews are arranged prior to the meeting on the basis of listings in PhilJobs: Jobs for Philosophers. Detailed information about the APA placement service can be found on the APA website.

A placement ombudsperson, either the chair or a member of the APA committee on academic career opportunities and placement, will be available in the placement service area for anyone encountering problems with the interviewing process.

3. Exhibits

The exhibit area is in Franklin Hall B (fourth floor). It will be open at the following times:
  • Sunday, December 28: 8:30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
  • Monday, December 29: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 30: 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

4. Presidential address

The presidential address will be delivered by Thomas Hill Jr. at 4:45 p.m., December 29, in the Grand Ballroom Salons E and F (fifth floor). The title of the address is "Human Dignity and Tragic Choices.”

5. Marc Sanders Lecture

The Eastern Division is pleased this year to host the Marc Sanders Lecture, to be given by Willian Lycan. The lecture will be held on December 28 at 2:00 p.m. The lecture will be followed by a reception generously funded by the Marc Sanders Foundation. The Sanders foundation also generously funded a book prize, and three graduate student travel stipends. Winners of those prizes will be acknowledged at the Prize Reception.

6. John Dewey Lecture

At its 2004 meeting, the Eastern Division executive committee accepted a generous offer from the John Dewey Foundation to fund a John Dewey Lecture at each annual meeting. The Dewey Lecture is given by a prominent and senior (typically retired) American philosopher who is invited to reflect, broadly and in an autobiographical spirit, on philosophy in America.

The Eastern Division is pleased to announce that its 2014 John Dewey Lecture, the eighth in the series, will be given by Thomas McCarthy at 1:30 p.m. on December 29 (session V-J). The lecture will be immediately followed by a reception generously funded by the John Dewey Foundation.

Nominations are invited for future Eastern Division Dewey Lecturers. The 2016 Dewey Lecturer will be Ed Casey. (There will be no Eastern Division meeting in calendar year 2015. The 2015-2016 meeting will be held in January 2016.) Previous Eastern Division Dewey Lecturers are Amelie Rorty, Richard Bernstein, Hilary Putnam, J. B. Schneewind, Ruth Marcus, Harry Frankfurt, Lucius Outlaw, and Judith Thomson. At its annual meeting on December 27, the executive committee will establish a short list of candidates for Dewey Lecturer in 2017, and will take into account nominations received from members. Please send all nominations by November 15 to [email protected].

7. Receptions and reception tables

There will be receptions on the nights of December 28, from 8:00 p.m. to midnight, and December 29, from 9:00 p.m. to midnight. Both receptions will take place in the Grand Ballroom (fifth floor).

Departments, societies, committees, exhibitors, and sponsors are invited to reserve tables for a fee of $50 per table for both nights. Reserved tables will be marked with placards indicating the reserving department or group, and a printed directory of reserved tables will be provided at the reception. In order to be listed on the printed table directory, your reservation must be received by December 5.

Meeting receptions are for APA meeting attendees only. As such, only meeting registrants are entitled to attend the reception on December 28 at no additional charge. Name badges must be worn as proof of registration at all times during meeting activities, including throughout the reception. Anyone found not to be wearing a name badge will be asked to leave the reception.

Non-registrant guests, such as spouses, partners, or family members of registered meeting attendees, who wish to attend this reception must purchase a $10 guest ticket; guest tickets may be purchased online in advance or at the registration desk on-site. Guest tickets may be picked up at the registration desk or during the first hour of the reception at the entrance to the banquet hall in which the reception is held. For those who register, name badges will serve as proof of registration.

8. Business meeting and voting membership

The annual business meeting will be held on December 29 at 11:15 a.m. in Franklin 1 (fourth floor). There will be reports from divisional and national officers and committees.

According to the association's bylaws, regular membership is given by an act of the executive director on behalf of the board of officers. Each year the list of regular members produced in the fall by the national office is used as the list of eligible voters for the three subsequent divisional meetings. Certification of persons as voting affiliates of the Eastern Division will take place at the entrance to the business meeting itself, for those wishing to attend and to vote.

9. Resolutions

(a) All resolutions to be presented for inclusion on the agenda of the business meeting as separate items must be submitted to the secretary-treasurer at least one month in advance of the annual meeting (by November 27, 2014) in order to be properly announced to the membership.

(b) No question of a substantive nature other than routine business shall be in order under "new business” unless it has been received by the secretary-treasurer three weeks in advance of the annual meeting (by December 6, 2014) for transmission to the executive committee, except if three-fourths of the Eastern Division affiliates in attendance at the business meeting vote that such a question should be taken up at that meeting.

(c) According to section 5.5.D of the bylaws of the APA, "Resolutions which purport to represent the sense of a division on matters of public policy may be voted on only by mail ballot authorized by the annual business meeting of that division. Such mail ballots will include relevant minutes of the meeting and a summary of the arguments presented.”

(d) The Eastern Division executive committee has the prerogative to order a mail or secure electronic ballot on any question of a substantive nature other than routine business that may come before the business meeting.

(e) There is a resolutions subcommittee of the executive committee consisting of the Vice president, the divisional representative to the board of officers, and the secretary-treasurer, each of whom is available to consult with members before and during the annual meeting, on the preparation of resolutions.

10. The 2015-2016 program committee

The 2015-2016 program committee invites contributions for the 2016 annual meeting that will be held in Washington, D.C., January 6-9. Note that because the meeting dates are moving to January, there will be no Eastern Division meeting in calendar year 2015. The 2015-2016 program committee is composed of the following people:
  • Charlotte Witt (chair)
  • Andrew Cullison (ex officio)
  • David Christensen
  • Kok-Chor Tan
  • Frank Kirkland
  • Catherine Wearing
  • Valerie Hardcastle
  • Ishani Maitra
  • Susanne Sreedhar
  • Andrew Chignell
  • Mitchell Green
  • Diane Perpitch
  • David Braun
The deadline for submitting papers for the 2016 meeting is February 15, 2015. For further details on how and where to submit papers for consideration, see the paper submission guidelines on the APA website.

The 2015-2016 program committee welcomes volunteers interested in serving as commentators and session chairs. In selecting commentators and chairs, the program committee tends to prefer, other things being equal, persons who have not made frequent appearances on the Eastern Division program in the past few years. There will be a location to volunteer on the Eastern Division’s website; to maximize your chances of being selected, you should enter your name by the end of April 2015.

11. Graduate student travel stipends and the William James Prize

The Eastern Division is pleased to announce that there are three sources of financial support for junior members of the association who wish to submit papers for consideration for the Eastern Division program. One source is the graduate student travel stipends, another is the Marc Sanders graduate student paper awards, and the third is the William James Prize. The guidelines for both are given below.

Graduate student travel stipends. The Eastern Division will award a $300 travel stipend for any paper written by a graduate student that is accepted by the program committee in its normal, anonymous-review process. Eligibility is restricted to APA members who are graduate students in good standing in an M.A. or Ph.D. program in philosophy. A graduate student may submit a paper either as a colloquium paper or as a symposium paper. Authors who are willing to have a shortened version of a symposium paper considered as a colloquium paper should submit the shortened version, along with a shortened abstract, simultaneously with the submission of the symposium paper.

Graduate student authors must comply with all rules, including those intended to ensure the integrity of the anonymous review process, that govern normal submissions to the program committee (see the APA paper submission guidelines and the Eastern Division paper submission information), with two modifications. First, the author must indicate that the paper is being submitted for consideration for a graduate student travel stipend by checking the relevant box on the online submission form. (This information is not to be included in the paper itself.) Second, the author must also supply, at the time of submission, documentation from the author’s institution showing that the author is a graduate student in good standing.

Marc Sanders Graduate Student Paper Award. The Marc Sanders Foundation has generously offered to award three prizes of $1,000 each to the best papers in mind, metaphysics, epistemology, or ethics submitted to the Eastern Division program committee by graduate students. The recipients of these awards will be chosen by the Eastern Division program committee. This is the first year these prizes have been awarded, and the first recipients will be honored at the APA prize reception on December 29.

William James Prize. The Eastern Division will award the William James Prize to the best paper in the area of American philosophy that is both (a) written by a philosopher who received the Ph.D. after January 1, 2010, or is a graduate student, and (b) accepted for inclusion in the Eastern Division program by the program committee through the anonymous review process. Thanks to a generous gift from Professor and Mrs. John Lachs, the James Prize carries with it an honorarium of $300. For purposes of competition for the James Prize, American philosophy is to be construed broadly as including not only studies of the work of significant thinkers in the history of American philosophy but also creative extensions or applications of the ideas, methods or results of traditional American philosophy to philosophical issues of current interest or lasting importance.

A paper may be submitted for the competition for the James Prize either as a colloquium paper or as a symposium paper. Authors who are willing to have a shortened version of a symposium paper considered as a colloquium paper should submit the shortened version, along with a shortened abstract, simultaneously with the submission of the symposium paper.

Authors competing for the James Prize must comply with all rules, including those intended to ensure the integrity of the anonymous review process, that govern normal submissions to the program committee (see the APA paper submission guidelines and the Eastern Division paper submission information). In addition, each submission for the competition for the James Prize must be accompanied by a letter from its author both (a) stating either the date on which the author’s Ph.D. was granted if the author has already received the Ph.D., or the fact that the author is a graduate student if that is the case, and (b) expressing the author’s wish to have the paper considered for the James Prize.

The competition for the William James Prize in 2016 will be judged by a subcommittee of the 2015-2016 program committee.

In the event that no entrant marked specifically for the William James Prize competition is accepted by the program committee, the program committee will survey the graduate student travel stipend recipients to see whether any of those papers qualifies by topic for the James Prize. If one (or more) does so qualify, it (or the best one) will receive the William James Prize instead of a graduate student travel stipend. No paper may be awarded both the William James Prize and a graduate student travel stipend.

Each recipient of an award will be acknowledged in the annual Eastern Division meeting program.

12. APA prize reception

There will be a special reception for the presentation of awards, at which all meeting registrants are welcome. This year, we are holding the reception in the exhibit lounge area (Franklin B, fourth floor) from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. on December 28. The awards to be presented include the graduate student travel stipends, the Marc Sanders Graduate Student Paper Awards, the William James Prize, as well as a number of national APA prizes; the specifics are listed with the announcement of the reception in the meeting program.

13. The 2017 program committee

The Eastern Division's committee on committees, whose ex officio members are the vice president, the divisional representative to the board of officers, and the secretary-treasurer, invites nominations, including self-nominations, for membership on the 2017 program committee. Nominees should be voting affiliates of the Eastern Division. Each nomination must be accompanied by the nominee's curriculum vitae and must be received be emailed to me ([email protected]) by December 1, 2014.

On behalf of the executive and program committees, I extend to every member of the American Philosophical Association a warm invitation to take part in our one hundred eleventh annual meeting.

Cordially yours,
Andrew Cullison, Secretary-Treasurer

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