Annual Symposium

The Institute associated with these symposia is no longer functional. The following material has been retained for archival purposes.

Past Felician Institute Symposia

2018: Author-Meets-Critics session on Vicente Medina’s Terrorism Unjustified: The Use and Misuse of Political Violence (Rowman and Littlefield, 2015), took place Saturday, April 21, 2018 at our Rutherford campus. Presenters included Theresa Fanelli (Criminal Justice/Psychology, Felician University, and formerly, FBI), Irfan Khawaja (Philosophy, Felician University), and Graham Parsons (Philosophy, West Point Military Academy), with a response by Vicente Medina (Philosophy, Seton Hall University). Co-sponsored by the Royal Academy of Science International Trust, the Felician University Pre-Law Program, and the Felician University UN Fellows Program. Proceedings forthcoming in Reason Papers: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Normative Studies, Fall 2019.

2016“Perspectives on Citizenship: A Book Symposium by Felician Authors” took place Monday, October 31 at our Lodi campus. Speakers included Carl Lane (History, Felician University), and Robert McParland (English, Felician University). Professor Lane presented on his book, Understanding the National Debt: What Every American Needs to Knowand Professor McParland presented on his bookCitizen Steinbeck: Giving Voice to the People. Co-sponsored by the School of Arts and Sciences. Pre-event coverage in the Montclair Times. 

2015“The Ethics, Politics, and Economics of Water” took place Saturday, October 24, at our Rutherford campus. Speakers included Joshua Briemberg, Representative for Program Development, WaterAidBritt Long, Esq., an attorney in private practice and one-time litigator for the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation; and Donald R. Conger III, PEProject Director with CH2M Operations & Management Services for the North Hudson Sewerage Authority. Co-sponsored by the Pre-Law Program and the UN Fellows Program.

2014“Psychiatric Medications: Promise or Peril?” took place Saturday, December 6 at our Rutherford campus. Speakers included Robert Whitaker, author of Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America (Crown Publishing, 2010); Raymond Raad, a psychiatrist in private practice in New York City; Peter Economou, Counseling Psychology, Felician College; and Christian Perring, Philosophy, Dowling College and founder of Metapsychology Online Reviews. Co-sponsored by the Department of Psychology and the Master’s Program in Counseling Psychology.

Coverage of the event from Dowling College. Coverage of the event from Irfan Khawaja’s blog, “Policy of Truth”: Part 1

2013: an Author Meets Critics session on Christine Vitrano’s The Nature and Value of Happiness (Westview, 2013) took place Saturday, November 16 at our Lodi campus. Commentators included John Kleinig (John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY), and Christopher Rice (Fordham), with a response by Professor Vitrano. The symposium was published in Reason Papers: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Normative Studies, vol. 37, no. 1 (Spring 2015). Click here and scroll down to vol. 37.1, Spring 2015.

2012: an Author Meets Critics on Robert Talisse’s Democracy and Moral Conflict (Cambridge, 2009) took place on Saturday, October 27 at our Lodi campus. Commentators included Chris Herrera (Philosophy, Montclair State University), Steven Ross (Philosophy, Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center), and Joseph Biehl (Felician College), with a response by Robert Talisse.

Steven Ross’s paper has now been published as “Review of “Democracy and Moral Conflict,” Essays in Philosophy: Vol. 14: Iss. 1, Article 9.  The rest of the symposium was published in Reason Papers: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Normative Studies, vol. 36, no. 2 (July 2014) [scroll down].

Last modified: May 21, 2020