May 2018 Member News & Updates

On May 4, Rob Corless was invited to give the opening talk at the Southern Ontario Numerical Analysis Day at the University of Toronto. He spoke on "Optimal Backward Error and The Leaky Bucket". Eunice Chan also attended, and gave a talk titled, "Algebraic Linearizations of Matrix Polynomials". Professor Kenyan Wu, of Chongqing U and the Chinese Academy [...]

2018-06-04T14:17:35+00:00 June 4th, 2018|Rotman News|

Rotman Institute Member Sessions at Congress 2018

This year's Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences was held at the University of Regina. Separate sessions for the Canadian Philosophical Association and the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Mathematics will be held at the beginning of June at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Rotman Institute members took part in numerous sessions held in [...]

2018-06-01T13:31:06+00:00 May 31st, 2018|Members, Rotman News|

April 2018 Member News & Updates

This month Western celebrated the official opening of our new building, the Western Interdisciplinary Research Building. In addition to the Rotman Institute, the WIRB hosts the Brain and Mind Institute, BrainsCAN, dry laboratories, a public plaza, and teaching & research space. Members of the Western and London communities attended the opening ceremony, including Kate Young, [...]

2018-05-15T11:04:35+00:00 May 14th, 2018|Rotman News|

March 2018 Member News & Updates

The month of March was packed with Rotman speaker events! Over the course of the month we hosted Jenann Ismael, Ned Block, Stathis Psillos, Julian Savulescu, and Laura Franklin-Hall as part of our annual speaker series. We also hosted a public panel discussion at Wolf Hall that included Françoise Baylis, David Edgell, Julian Savulescu, and Anthony [...]

2018-04-04T12:12:25+00:00 April 4th, 2018|Rotman News|

2nd annual Philosophical Photography Contest Winner

After launching a very successful photo contest last year, the Rotman Institute was honoured (and excited!) to hold our 2nd Annual Philosophical Photography Contest. As before, people were invited to submit photos that managed to capture an abstract philosophical concept in a creative way. This year we received submissions that tackled a range [...]

2018-03-27T15:06:54+00:00 March 26th, 2018|Rotman News|

January 2018 Member News and Updates

This past month we hosted our first talk since moving into our new office space on campus in the Western Interdisciplinary Research Building. On January 25th, Dr. Gillian Crozier, an Associate Professor of Philosophy and the Canada Research Chair in Environment, Culture and Values at Laurentian University, presented a talk titled Revisiting the Social License [...]

2018-02-08T11:25:02+00:00 February 8th, 2018|Members, Rotman News|

December 2017 Member News & Updates

For the final edition of Rotman member news for 2017, our members have several important updates to share. One exciting announcement regards Derek Oswick who was awarded a 2016 Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Doctoral Scholarship. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) recently announced the November 2016 awards on their site here. Please join [...]

2018-01-10T14:58:55+00:00 January 10th, 2018|Rotman News|

2nd Annual Rotman Institute Philosophical Photography Contest

What would ethical dilemmas look like, if you tried to depict them? How would you attempt to catch the relation between cause and effect on camera? Can the categorical imperative, an Aristotelian ‘tode ti’, or even mathematical intuition itself be photographed? Last year, in recognition of World Philosophy Day, we launched our first ever photo [...]

2018-03-27T13:50:35+00:00 November 16th, 2017|Rotman News|