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  • Professional Activities, October-December 2019


    Michael Epperson, History, director of Sac State’s Center for Philosophy and the Natural Sciences, will deliver a keynote talk at New York’s Stony Brook University’s 2nd Annual Phenomenological Approaches to Physics Conference, September 26-28. This year’s conference, “Quantum Mechanics: Paradigm or Ontology of Nature?” deals with the history of conflicts between ontological and non-ontological interpretations of quantum physics, and the competing standards of objectivity and subjectivity in realist and anti-realist interpretations of the mathematical formalism. Epperson will be discussing the work in his most recent book, Foundations of Relational Realism: A Topological Approach to Quantum Mechanics (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013).

    Darryl Omar Freeman, Ethnic Studies, was invited to present a portion of his research on the collaborative relationships between members of the African American and Native American communities in the early developing United States society. This lecture took place at the National Park Service, National Underground Railroad “Network to Freedom” Training Conference held at Niagara University, Niagara Falls, New York, September 12-14, 2019. The Underground Railroad can be viewed as a migration story of enslaved people who self-liberated. The presentation was titled “Seeking Sanctuary: Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness.” His research identifies qualitative evidence of the operation of an informal underground railroad for freedom-seeking enslaved African Americans conducted by different Native American tribes. These efforts are often omitted in historical accounts of slavery resistance efforts during the early formation of the American democratic experiment.

    Maria Kochis, University Library, had a personal essay, Christmas in the Chaparral," published in About Place, a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute. Scroll way down in the list of contributors to find her name and the linked essay.

    Dr. Marie L. Mallare-Jimenez, J.D., LL.M., S.J.D., Ethnic Studies, presented at a conference held September 28, 2019, at UC Davis Conference Center. The conference, Equity Through Ethnic Studies: 50 Years of Fighting for Educational Justice, was hosted by Filipino American Educators Association of California (FAEAC) and The Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies (BCFS).


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