Patricia J. Mills

pjmills@polsci.umass.edu

425 West End Avenue, Apt 7A

New York, NY  10024

cell: (631) 566-0850

Courses Developed and Taught

University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Department of Political Science

Undergraduate Courses:

            Friendship and Political Life

            Introduction to Political Theory

            Ancient Political Theory

            Critical Theory/Political Theory

            Modern Political Thought

            Contemporary Political Theory

            Feminist Theory and Politics  (cross-listed with the Women’s Studies Program)

            Autobiography and Feminist Politics

            Women and the Power of Words

            Radical Democracy

            Three Thinkers I Think You Should Know:  Rosa Luxemburg, Simone Weil, Hannah Arendt

            Philosophy for Children (co-taught with a colleague from Mount Holyoke College)

Graduate Seminars:

            Antigone: Tragedy and Ethico-Political Consciousness

            The Enigma of Socrates: From Plato to Postmodernism

            Ancient Political Theory

Hegel: Then and Now

            Speculative Thinking/Dialectical Thinking

            Critical Theory

            Political Theory and Modernity

            Deconstruction and Politics

            Women, Art, and Politics

            The Dialectical Tradition from Hegel to Adorno

            Nietzsche

            Aesthetics and Politics

            Critical Theory: Adorno and Derrida

            Contemporary Feminist Critical Theory

            Feminist Theory and Politics

University of Toronto, Department of Philosophy

Undergraduate courses:

            Introduction to Philosophy

            Political Philosophy

            Ethics

            The Art of Thinking

            Existentialism

            Nineteenth Century Philosophy

            Critical Theory

            Feminist Issues in Philosophy (cross-listed with the Women’s Studies Program)

            Nietzsche Seminar

Introduction to Women’s Studies (co-taught with six other faculty members)

Professional Activities

Participant, International Conference on Methodological Problems of Biographical Research, “Holocaust Survivors: Telling Their Stories,” University of Kassel, Germany, May 2001. 
The goal of this conference was to find a way to help survivors of Hitler’s Germany (many of whom had been ‘hidden children’) tell their stories.  Known as ‘the lucky ones,’ the trauma of their lives under Hitler did not disappear when they were liberated.  The question for this conference was how we could ‘witness’ for those survivors who were unable to speak for themselves, who could not tell their own stories in a coherent way.  One of the participants developed guidelines for just such a project.  That is, learning how to tell the stories of survivors with sympathy and empathy in such a way that they never became merely the ‘objects’ of study.

Participant in the Ninth International Summer Institute for Semiotic and Structural Studies, University of Toronto.

Participant in the founding of the journal Feminist Ethics, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec.

Member of a Symposium on “Ethnicity in a Technological Age,” Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario.

 

                                                                                                                                    last updated 5 Oct 2009