Fall 2017

  • ECOM will host a talk by Katherine McAuliffe (Psychology, Boston College) on December 8, 4-5:30PM in the UCHI Conference Room (Babbidge 4/209), titled “The Origins of our Sense of Fairness”. Click here for more information and an abstract.
  • The ECOM Reading Group is meeting this semester on Fridays 11:00AM-12:15PM in Manchester Hall 227. We will meet on 9/29, 10/20, 11/17 and 12/8. Please contact Nathan Kellen for readings and more information.
  • Events of interest: BOLD Brownbags, 9-10AM in BOUS 162. See especially talks by Ross Buck on 9/20 on emotional and cognitive empathy, and ECOM member Charles Davis on 10/25 on memory/episodic contexts and abstract/concrete concepts.
  • ECOM Director Dorit Bar-On will participate in a roundtable at the Inaugural Cultural Evolution conference in Jena, Germany on September 13-15, alongside Kim Sterelny, Dan Sperber, Celia Heyes and others.
  • ECOM member Jenelle Salisbury will present her paper “First Person Authority and Immunity to Error in the Craniopagus Case” at the Johns Hopkins University Graduate Conference on “The Self” in October. Congrats Jenelle!
  • ECOM member Ryo Tanaka will present his paper “Content Externalism, Neo-Expressivism, and Inter-Personal Mental Ascription” at the Johns Hopkins University Graduate Conference on “The Self” in October. Congrats Ryo!
  • ECOM Director Dorit Bar-On will be the keynote speaker at the Johns Hopkins University Graduate Conference on “The Self” in October.

Summer 2017

  • ECOM Director Dorit Bar-On has a new book manuscript under contract with Oxford University Press: Expression, Communication, and Origins of Meaning.
  • ECOM Director Dorit Bar-On led a three-day masterclass on her work at the Spanish Society for Analytic Philosophy in Madrid, in June.
  • ECOM member Letitia Naigles has a new book out: Naigles, L. R. (Ed.) (2017) Innovative Investigations of Language in Autism Spectrum Disorder.  NY: APA Books/Walter deGruyter.
  • Grazer Philosophische Studien will publish a volume on themes from the work of ECOM member Mitch Green, entitled ‘From Signaling and Expression to Conversation and Fiction’, featuring 10 authors.
  • ECOM member Mitch Green has a new book coming out with Routledge titled Know Thyself: The Value and Limits of Self-Knoweldge, as well as 14 new articles from 2016-17.
  • ECOM member Jared Henderson has a new paper out: “Deflating the Determination Argument” (Thought, forthcoming). He also gave two talks at the Ohio State University and the Society for Exact Philosophy.
  • Former ECOM student member (and now affiliate member) Kevin Richardson is now Assistant Professor of Philosophy at North Carolina State University. Congratulations Kevin!
  • Former ECOM student member Russell Richie defended his dissertation and took a postdoctoral research position at University of Pennsylvania. Congratulations Russell!

Spring 2017

Fall 2016

  • ECOM hosted a talk by Ulrich Stegmann (Philosophy, Aberdeen) on December 12, 4PM: “Animal Signals, Acquisition Conditions and the Explanation of Behavior”. Click herefor more information and an abstract.
  • ECOM hosted its 3rd UConn workshop on December 2-3, titled What’s in a Word? The workshop explored the theoretical status of words in connection with issues such as the contrast between words and mere labels, or between one-word sentences and fully compositional sentences; words as expressive of concepts; and words as potential points of entry into language (both in the context of human language acquisition and in the context of trying to teach language to nonhuman animals).Invited speakers included: Elika Bergelson (Psychology, Duke), Laurence R. Horn (Linguistics, Yale), William G. Lycan (Philosophy, UConn), Ruth Millikan (Philosophy, UConn), Letitia Naigles (Psychology, UConn) and Irene Pepperberg (Harvard).

    Visit the workshop webpage by clicking here to find titles and abstracts.

  • ECOM hosted a reading group on Berwick and Chomsky’s Why Only Us: Language and Evolution.
  • ECOM director Dorit Bar-On represented ECOM at the first Seven Hills Workshop on Mind, Metaphysics, and Ethics, held at College of Holy Cross, Saturday November 5.

Summer 2016

  • ECOM director Dorit Bar-On represented ECOM as an invited speaker to a symposia on animal communication at the 24th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Philosophy and Psychology, held at the University of St Andrews, August 10-13.
  • ECOM director Dorit Bar-On finished her year-long fellowship at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and has returned to the U.S. to continue ECOM activities this fall semester.

Summer 2015

  • ECOM held a summer reading and workshop group, following up on drafts and topics from the Spring 2015 ECOM graduate seminar.
  • ECOM director Dorit Bar-On started a year-long Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin fellowship. Congrats Dorit!
  • ECOM member Hanna Gunn attended the International Interdisciplinary Summer School on “The Origins of Human Cooperation” with Michael Tomasello, bringing ECOM to Europe.

Spring 2015

  • Read a UConn The Daily Campus article about Professor Laurie Santos’ recent visit to ECOM to kick off our Spring 2015 Speaker Series! It’s available online here.
  • Marc 28-29: Dorit Bar-On participated in a workshop she co-organized with Mitch Green at U Conn on the Evolution of Syntax.  The workshop brought together researchers from linguistics, psychology, and philosophy.
  • ECOM student member Thomas Pendlebury has accepted an offer of admission to the graduate program at Harvard University.  Congratulations, Thomas!
  • ECOM member Kate Nolfi has accepted a tenure-track position at the University of Vermont.  Congratulations, Kate!

Fall 2014

  • ECOM is proud to announce its Fall 2014 Speaker Series! Visit our Speaker Series page for a full schedule and readings. Our speaker schedule includes:
  • ECOM will be co-hosting a reading group with the Language Evolution Reading Group (LERG) on pointing, gesturing and grammaticalization. We will be meeting Friday September 12th, Friday September 26th, Thursday October 9th and Thursday October 24th, Thursday November 6th and Thursday December 20th and Thursday December 4th. Check out the Reading Groups page under the Events menu above for day, time and room, as well as links to the readings.
  • ECOM hosted a welcome reception to celebrate its move to UConn on September 5th from 1:30-3:00PM in Oak Hall 106, over light refreshments.