Philosophy

Rewilding Institute publishes Randolph professor’s research on Oostvaardersplassen nature preserve

David Schwartz

This summer David Schwartz, a philosophy professor and the Mary Frances Williams Professor of Humanities, conducted research on the Oostvaardersplassen nature preserve and other rewilding sites in the Netherlands and Germany and wrote about his experiences in an article for the Rewilding Institute.  The trip and his research were part of Schwartz’s larger project, which... READ MORE >>

Schwartz studies rewilding efforts in Holland, Germany

Schwartz walks along the Green Belt in Germany

Last week David Schwartz, Professor of Philosophy and the Mary Frances Williams Chair in Humanities, conducted research in various rewilding sites in Holland and Germany. The work supported a current project on the ethical issues raised by environmental rewilding. According to the Oxford Research Encyclopedia, rewilding is the process of maintaining or even increasing biodiversity... READ MORE >>

Wardlow, Mueller selected for summer 2019 National Gallery, London internships

Sarah Wardlow and Sarah Mueller will intern at the National Gallery, London this summer

Randolph College recently named Sarah Wardlow ’20 and Sarah Mueller ’20 as recipients of its prestigious summer internships at the National Gallery, London. Wardlow and Mueller will spend eight weeks living in London and working in the Gallery’s development department and Research Centre. They are supported by an academic partnership between Randolph and the National... READ MORE >>

Students deliberate ‘Ethics and Social Justice’ in VFIC Ethics Bowl

(L-R) Margaret Van Beek '19, Hannah Overstreet '20, Marian Small '22, Tywan Haskins '22, Chloe Brazzi '21

Five Randolph students participated in the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges’ (VFIC) 20th annual statewide collegiate Wells Fargo Ethics Bowl this weekend at Roanoke College. The Randolph team competed head-to-head against other highly qualified student teams from Virginia’s 15 leading independent colleges and universities, deliberating a variety of case studies highlighting ethical dilemmas. The members of... READ MORE >>

Randolph junior eyes Olympics while making her mark in the national weightlifting arena

Meredith Alwine '20

Although she’s only been competing in the sport for three years, Meredith Alwine ’20 has won multiple Junior and Senior National titles as well as three silver medals at the Junior World Weightlifting Championships.... READ MORE >>

Kids say the most philosophical things: new program teaches philosophical concepts to children

Faith Powell ’18 (middle left) and Lydia Hamd ’18 (middle right) read The Cat in the Hat to students at James River Day School.

After reading The Cat in the Hat aloud to the circle of first graders around her, Faith Powell ’18 asked, “Would you have told your parents if the Cat in the Hat came and made a mess in your house?” Several hands went up, and each student took time to carefully explain his or her... READ MORE >>

Destination Adventure: Lydia Edwards ’19 spends winter break on research trip in San Salvador

Lydia Edwards ’19 examines a specimen during a scuba diving excursion in San Salvador.

Lydia Edwards ’19 spends winter break on research trip in San Salvador As Lydia Edwards ’19 descended the small, rickety ladder into the pitch-dark cave, she felt the temperature start to rise. At the bottom, she and her fellow researchers crawled on their hands and knees through the sweltering hot tunnels and climbed rock formations... READ MORE >>

Sister Helen Prejean talks death penalty, race relations, and more with Randolph students

Sister Helen Prejean meets with students in the Chandler Student Lounge Tuesday afternoon

Prior to her public lecture at Randolph, one of the leading advocates to abolish the death penalty in the United States had tea and thoughtful discussions with some of the College’s students in the Chandler Student Lounge. Sister Helen Prejean is a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph, based in New Orleans, La., and... READ MORE >>

Randolph students to debate multicultural ethical issues in VFIC Ethics Bowl

From left, Christian Ridenour ’18, Paul Hartman '18, Tristina Balsamo ’18, and Helen Macnamara '18 will represent Randolph College in the 2018 VFIC Ethics Bowl.

Four students from Randolph College will participate in the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges’ (VFIC) 19th annual statewide collegiate Wells Fargo Ethics Bowl on Feb. 11-12 on the campus of Hampden-Sydney College. Randolph’s team will compete head-to-head against other highly qualified student teams from Virginia’s 15 leading independent colleges and universities, deliberating a variety of... READ MORE >>

Research in the Big City

Visiting professor of American Culture Noel Wolfe and Zach Pennix '18 at the City University of New York's Centro de Estudios Puertorriquenos (Center for Puerto Rican Studies).

During his first trip to New York City, Zach Pennix ’18 was awestruck. The city had so much to offer—culture, entertainment, great food—that the Lynchburg native struggled to take it all in during his first trip there. “I couldn’t see enough,” he said. “I just wanted to see and experience it all.” Pennix spent his... READ MORE >>