News Archive: 2012
It is with sadness that we note the passing of our colleague Ian Crystal, Associate Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, on November 14, 2012. Professor Crystal was known for his work on self-intellection in Greek thought from Parmenides through Plotinus, as well as his editorial work on the Ancient Commentators on Aristotle series. He joined the LSU faculty in 1996, after receiving his Ph.D. from King's College, London that same year. He will be missed. A full obituary appears at http://www.paperman.com/en/funerals/2012-11-21-Ian-Crystal.
Ed Henderson, who retired from LSU on May 18, 2012, was named Professor Emeritus and Department Chair Emeritus. He served at LSU for over 20 years at the rank of Professor and 23 years as Department Chair.
Ed Henderson retires at the end of this semester. Ed joined the faculty at LSU in 1966, a year before receiving his Ph.D. in the Philosophy of Religion from Tulane University. In his research and writing, he has focused on the thought of Austin Farrer, an Oxford theologian and philosopher. In the fall of 1967, Ed was one of the founders of the Honors Division, which subsequently became the Honors College. For 22 years, from 1979 to 2001, Ed served as Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. He was instrumental in establishing the Religious Studies program in 1980. For the last several years, he has held the Jaak Seynaeve Enhanced Professorship in Christian Studies. Ed will be missed.
François Raffoul received a 2012 Manship Summer Research Fellowship.
Jeff Roland received a 2012 Manship Summer Research Fellowship.
Ed Henderson received a 2012 Tiger Athletic Foundation Undergraduate Teaching Award for teaching in the Honors College. He was recognized at the 2012 Distinguished Faculty Awards Ceremony on May 1, 2012 at the Lod Cook Alumni Center.
Ed Song received a 2012 Tiger Athletic Foundation Undergraduate Teaching Award for teaching in the Honors College. He was recognized at the 2012 Distinguished Faculty Awards Ceremony on May 1, 2012 at the Lod Cook Alumni Center.
Jon Cogburn, after completing his second year as section head of Philosophy, will step down. Jon has done an exemplary job. Jeff Roland will take his place.
Mary Sirridge received notice that her sabbatical request for 2012-13 has been approved.
Michael Rolfsen, a physician at Baton Rouge Clinic with an M.A. in bioethics, began teaching PHIL 2025 (Bioethics) this semester.
Ed Song underwent his review for promotion and tenure. On March 14, 2012, the department faculty panel recommended that he receive tenure and promotion to associate professor. On April 27, we received news that the dean sent Ed's file forward to Academic Affairs with a positive recommendation.
Greg Schufreider, despite being on sabbatical in spring 2012, continued to serve as Director of Graduate Studies.
Husain Sarker, despite being on sabbatical in spring 2012, served as chair of Ed Song’s tenure and promotion committee.
François Raffoul received notice that his translation of Juan David Nasio, Oedipus: The Most Crucial Concept in Psychoanalysis (SUNY Press) was named by Choice: Reviews Online as one of the "Outstanding Academic Titles" for 2011. It was one of 629 print and electronic titles selected by the Choice editors from among the 7,264 titles reviewed by Choice during calendar year 2011.