Sylvia Berryman, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy
Monday, March 4, 2013, 4-6pm
Ponderosa Annex G Lounge
Light refreshments will be served
A Theory Workshop, hosted by the Department of Educational Studies
Herbert Marcuse’s One Dimensional Man may have been a radical critique of the oppressive power of consumer society when it first appeared in 1964, but to contemporary readers its message may be muted by familiarity. Studying this material in an unfamiliar social and economic environment, as I do with UBC students during the Global Citizenship Study Program in Guatemala, brings its message home at a deeper level.
Sylvia Berryman’s research interests center on ancient Greek natural philosophy and the impact of Greek science on natural philosophy. Her book The Mechanical Hypothesis in Ancient Greek Natural Philosophy was published by Cambridge University Press in 2009.
Besides ancient philosophy, she has teaching interests in applied ethics and the challenge of extreme poverty. Since 2009, Dr. Berryman has led four groups of undergraduate students to Guatemala as part of the Arts Term Abroad in Global Citizenship Group Study Program. In the summer of 2013, she will be leading a group of UBC graduate students as part of an “Ethics and Global Poverty” Philosophy course.
Marcuse, Herbert. “The New Forms of Control”. Chapter one of One Dimensional Man: Studies in the Ideology of Advanced Industrial Society. Boston: Beacon, 1964.
In the Theory Workshops Master’s and PhD students can engage with faculty about ways they have integrated theory into their research and praxis. The workshops help students to consider a broader conception of theory across disciplines and areas of research, and to feel more comfortable considering the relevance of theory to their own work.