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We Need Stories of Everyday Heroism

In my PHILOPE classes last week, some of  the hard questions from students revolved around anxieties about the unknown, and the seemingly bleak future of the world amidst stories of hate, of terror and tasteless rape jokes.  This story from the US demonstrates that there are men (really, males!) who are willing to risk their lives to stop hate from spreading:

Coco Douglas, 8, on Saturday at a memorial in Portland, Ore., for two men who were killed when they confronted a man yelling anti-Muslim insults at two women on a commuter train. Credit Gillian Flaccus/Associated Press

An Army veteran, a recent college graduate and a student who once won a poetry contest by condemning prejudice stirred up by the Sept. 11 attacks intervened as a man screamed anti-Muslim insults at two women in Portland, Ore., on Friday.

In the days that followed, the three men were hailed as heroes.

Two of the men — Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, 23, and Rick Best, 53 — died in the attack, which occurred on a commuter train. The third, Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21, was treated on Saturday for injuries that the police said were serious but not life-threatening.

Jeremy Christian, 35, of North Portland, Ore., was charged with two counts of aggravated murder in the attack and could face additional charges when he is arraigned on Tuesday. Mr. Christian, who the authorities said had a history of making extremist statements on social media, was ranting at, and talking disparagingly about, the two women, one of whom was wearing a hijab.

One of the women, Destinee Mangum, 16, spoke to a Fox affiliate in Oregon on Saturday. She said she is not a Muslim.

Read more about the story in the Times.

Can we have stories like these from the home front?

Special Announcements for Classes this Third Term, AY 2016-17


To my students in PHILOPE A56 and A54 and in USAGENR A51,

Welcome to the brand-new term!  Unfortunately, I cannot meet you personally on May 16, 18 and 23, 2017  because I will be in the Netherlands from May 15-23 to attend the

International Summer School: “Critical Approaches to the Study of Religion and Gender: Postcolonial, Post-secular and Queer Perspectives”at Maastricht University, the Netherlands.

For PHILOPE classes, I have assigned Mr. Ver and Mr. Unson to meet with you on May 16, 2017 for the distribution of syllabus and to give you special instructions, which you can find also on the Philosophy of the Person page of this site.

For USAGENR students, please refer to the Gender, Race and Class page for instructions.

I apologize for not seeing you on the aforementioned dates.

Sincerely yours,

Dr. Jeane C. Peracullo

Philosophy Department

Grades are Up!

Dear Students,

Your final grades can be viewed from Introduction to Philosophy and Philosophy of the Person pages respectively.  Click the file in blue hyperlink to download.

If you have questions and clarifications, our grade consultation would be on April 19, 2016, from 1030 AM up to 12 NN at the Philosophy Department.  The change of sked is to give way to a media appearance at 9 AM.

See you!

Clarification on the Project

Dear Students,

Just to clarify, the photo is printed on an 8.5 x 11 photo paper while the narrative essay will be printed on a separate 8.5 x 11 bond paper.

Thank you.

Please be guided.

Dr. Jeane

Consutation Day Today March 23, 2017

Dear students,

I am available for consultation today from 130-430 PM at the Philosophy Department, 4th Floor Faculty Center.

See you.


For the Activity on Friday, March 17

Have you registered?

poster5th pink bag series

Midterm Project

This contemporary reimagination of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave is multilayered. I feel that it reveals a lot about Filipino Millenials’ frame of mind that goes beyond the theme, depression.


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Free Cut for PHILOPE and INTFILO March 13, 2017

My dear students,

I apologize for the late announcement.  I will be attending the opening of the Asean University Network Institutional Assessment activity today, from 9 AM onwards.  The QA activity will run until Thursday. This is part of my job as Chair of the Philosophy Department.  Meanwhile, please make an early head start  on your final project.  For the guide questions, please refer to the attached PPT.New] Ways of Seeing.

To those who missed the Big Lecture, attend the activity on March 17, 2017. Details are below:

The Philosophy Department

In cooperation with

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation

In the celebration of the International Women’s Month


The 5th Pink Bag Series

Public Lecture on

“Redesigning, Reimagining Work-life Balance: An Engineer’s Perspective”

By Dr. Rosemary Seva

University Fellow and Former Dean of the Gokongwei College of Engineering, DLSU

On March 17, 2017

9:30 AM-12:00 NN

European Documentation Center

13th Floor, The Learning Commons

Henry Sy Hall

To register, go to the link: Limited slots are available.  You can also earn extra points through this.

Thank you for your understanding and usual cooperation.

Sincerely yours,

Dr. Jeane

Contemporary Reimagination of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave

Beautiful true story of becoming the best that you can be!

Reimagination of Allegory of the Cave

A reimagination of Plato’s Allegory of the cave with a geo-political twist and a shade thrown against  fascism, way to go!

Sic Parvis Magna

This is a video presentation presented by Group 2 – Lim (Sebastian, Lim, Keiffer, Ralph, and David). This is our version of reimagination of Allegory of the Cave by Plato. We hope you enjoy the video. Thank you!

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