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2016 Op-Ed Contest winners announced

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2016 Op-Ed Contest winners announced


NEWARK, Del. — Aug. 23, 2016 — The American Philosophical Association is pleased to announce the five winners of the 2016 Public Philosophy Op-Ed Contest:

  • Anat Biletzki (Quinnipiac University) for “Making It Explicit in Israel,” The Stone (The New York Times)
  • Ruth Chang (Rutgers University) for “Resolving to Create a New You,” ​Sunday Review (The New York Times)
  • Carrie Jenkins (University of British Columbia) for “What's Love Got To Do With Sex Ed? Maybe Everything,” The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
  • Bryan Van Norden (Vassar College) for “Confucius on Gay Marriage,” The Diplomat
  • George Yancy (Emory University) for “Dear White America,” The Stone (The New York Times)

The APA committee on public philosophy sponsors this annual contest, which includes a $100 monetary award per winner, for the best opinion-editorials published by philosophers. The goal is to honor five standout pieces that successfully blend philosophical argumentation with an op-ed writing style.

Biletzki is Schweitzer Professor of Philosophy at Tel Aviv University and Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT. She received her Ph.D. from Tel Aviv University and has traveled widely as a visiting scholar and fellow at Cambridge University, Harvard University, Boston University, the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, and the Wittgenstein Archives in Bergen, Norway. She was a member of B'tselem, an Israeli human rights NGO, acting as chairperson from 2001 to 2006, and has served as a B'tselem Board member since 1995. Biletzki is also a member of the executive board of FFIPP-I (Faculty for Israeli-Palestinian Peace International).

Chang is a professor at Rutgers University, New Brunswick.  Before arriving at Rutgers, she was a Junior Research Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford.  She has also held visiting positions at the University of California, Los Angeles philosophy department and at the University of Chicago Law School.  She has a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and an A.B. from Dartmouth College. Chang has consulted or given lectures for a variety of industries and institutions including video gaming, pharmaceuticals, the U.S. Navy, and the World Bank, and her work has been profiled by a variety of media outlets in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Australia, Italy, Israel, Germany, Brazil, New Zealand, and Austria.

Jenkins received her Ph.D. from Trinity College, Cambridge, and has worked at the University of St. Andrews, the Australian National University, the University of Michigan, the University of Nottingham, and the University of Aberdeen. She is currently a professor at the University of British Columbia. Her main interests are epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of logic, philosophy of language, philosophy of mathematics, and philosophy of romantic love. She is the principal investigator on the SSHRC-funded project “The Nature of Love,” and co-investigator on the John Templeton Foundation-funded project “Knowledge Beyond Natural Science.” Jenkins is currently working towards an MFA in creative writing at the University of British Columbia.

Van Norden is a professor in the philosophy department and regularly teaches in the department of Chinese and Japanese at Vassar College, and is a former chair of both departments. He was also a guest professor at Wuhan University in China in 2014. Van Norden has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. from Stanford University, both in philosophy. His primary area of specialization is Chinese philosophy, but he also has broad interests in Chinese literature and Western philosophy, including ethics.

Yancy is a professor of philosophy at Emory University. He works primarily in the areas of critical philosophy of race, critical whiteness studies, and philosophy of the Black experience. He is particularly interested in the formation of African-American philosophical thought as articulated within the social context and historical space of anti-Black racism, African-American agency, and identity formation. His current work has focused on the theme of whiteness and how it constitutes a site of embedded social reality and a site of opacity. Yancy received his Ph.D. from Duquesne University.

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