A Randolph philosophy professor has been selected for the Garrey Carruthers Endowed Chair in Honors visiting scholar position at the University of New Mexico.
David Schwartz, philosophy professor and The Mary Frances Williams Chair in Humanities, will assume the role during the 2017-18 academic year.
“It is a great honor to be selected for this position, as the very first Carruthers Chair was professor Cornell West in 1992,” Schwartz said. “The Honors College at UNM emphasizes excellence in both interdisciplinary teaching and interdisciplinary scholarship, and I am very happy for my work at Randolph to be recognized in these categories.”
As the Carruthers Chair, Schwartz will teach two upper-level seminars—one on environmental philosophy, similar to a course he has taught at Randolph, and another entitled Art and Human Nature, which stems from research on the evolutionary biology of artistic behavior. He will also present public lectures on re-wilding, the practice of restoring ecosystems harmed by human development, and consumer ethics, which was the topic of his book, Consuming Choices: Ethics in a Global Consumer Age. The second edition of the book was released in April.
“I think this experience will help me become a better teacher here at Randolph,” Schwartz said. “The UNM Honors College emphasizes interdisciplinary teaching, so I plan to learn all I can from faculty there who teach across disciplines. All the faculty at UNM Honors College—regardless of discipline—have offices in the same building, so there should be great opportunities for interacting with scholars from a wide variety of backgrounds.”
Located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, UNM is a Carnegie Research I Institution and a Department of Education Minority Serving Institution with an enrollment of 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students on five campuses. In addition to its own resources, the university offers ideal access to the scientific, artistic, cultural, and natural riches of Santa Fe, Taos, Los Alamos, and other New Mexico areas.
Schwartz plans to take advantage of some of those opportunities during his stay in the area.
“Re-wilding is the topic of my current research in ethics, so I hope to see some of this work in person while in New Mexico,” Schwartz said. The re-wilding institute is headquartered in Albuquerque, and several re-wilding projects are in progress in New Mexico, such as reintroducing the gray wolf and Bolson tortoise. Also, I look forward to hiking in the beautiful New Mexico landscape and eating lots of good enchiladas!”