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Find out more about some of the outstanding graduates of our program.

Samir Hathout

Samir Hathout

B.A. Philosophy, University of Winnipeg, 2000
B.Sc. Biology, University of Winnipeg, 2006
B.Ed. University of Winnipeg, 2008

Teacher, Garden City Collegiate, Winnipeg MB, 2010-

  • Grade 12 Philosophy
  • Grade 12 Current Topics in First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Studies
  • Grade 10 Neechisan (Indigenous Studies)

Honours and Awards

Executive Board, Committee for Aboriginal Education in Canada
Manitoba Philosophy in the Schools (PITS) Committee

“I am a believer in Placed-Based Education as an authentic and engaging method of teaching. Placed-Based Education depends on an exploration of place to make education more meaningful and engaging for students.

What I enjoyed most about Philosophy was logic and political philosophy. Professors Walton and Keenan both inspired me to pursue my Philosophy degree. I feel that my Philosophy degree helped lay a foundation of knowledge that I have applied to many topics and aspects of teaching. I found the faculty at the University of Winnipeg very approachable and available to answer questions and help guide me towards my degree.

Teaching Philosophy to high school students has always been a dream of mine. Now that philosophy is beginning to appear in the high school curriculum, a philosophy degree will be that much more applicable in a competitive education field.”


Abigail Klassen

Abigail Klassen 

BA, Honours, Philosophy, University of Winnipeg (2008)

MA, Philosophy, Concordia University, Montreal (2010)

PhD, Philosophy, York University (2016)

 

Contract Faculty, University of Winnipeg, 2018

Contract Faculty, University of Nevada Las Vegas, 2015-2017

Contract Faculty, York University, 2015

 

Honours, Awards, and Distinctions

Glenn Joy Essay Award, Third Prize, New Mexico-Texas Philosophical Association, 2016: $100 USD

Student Travel Stipend, American Philosophical Association, 2015: $484 CAD

Graduate Fellowship for Distinction in Philosophy, York University, 2014: $28,000 CAD

Susan Mann Dissertation Award, York University, 2014: $21,000 CAD (awarded, personally declined)

Ontario Graduate Scholarship Doctoral Award, 2014: $15,000 CAD (awarded, personally declined)

SSHRC Doctoral Award, 2013: $20,000 CAD

Ontario Graduate Scholarship Doctoral Award, 2012: $15,000 CAD

York Entrance Scholarship (York University), 2010: $3,000 CAD

Joseph Armand Bombardier Master’s Scholarship (SSHRC), 2009: $17,500 CAD

Concordia Graduate Fellowship (Concordia University), 2008: $7,000 CAD

Board of Regents Scholarship (University of Winnipeg), 2008: $500 CAD

 “The University of Winnipeg offered me a great place to start out in philosophy. The small class sizes and personable professors created a comfortable and interactive environment that has truly been unmatched. I have many current and former U of W philosophy professors to thank for many things, but in particular, I feel very fortunate to have had Patrick Walsh as a thesis supervisor. His encouragement prompted me to take the road less travelled and to continue on to graduate school in philosophy. The support I have received from the Department, both from faculty members and from former classmates, has been motivating and immeasurably helpful.”

 


Ryan Krahn

Ryan Krahn

B.A. Philosophy (Hons.), University of Winnipeg, 2006
M.A. Philosophy, University of Guelph, 2009
Ph.D. candidate in Philosophy, University of Guelph

Honours and Awards

Victor Shimizu Kant Prize, University of Winnipeg
Doctoral Fellowship Tri-Council Scholarship, University of Guelph
Dean’s Graduate Scholarship, University of Guelph
Dr. F. Michael Walsh Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)
Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral Scholarship (SSHRC)

“Two years into a Politics degree at Brandon University I transferred to the University of Winnipeg to complete my BA in Philosophy. My decision to study at the University of Winnipeg was based on the variety of courses they offered in the history of philosophy. I benefited a great deal from many of these courses but it was Professor Forsey’s course in Postmodern Philosophy, and also her courses in Kant and the Philosophy of Art, that ignited my passion for philosophy and eventually informed my decision to continue my studies at a graduate school. Her enthusiasm for the material and her concern for her students came through in her lectures and in the conversations I had with her following class, conversations that drove me to take similar care in my own work, enabling me to experience the power ideas can hold. In hindsight, I realize that these courses didn’t just teach me about philosophical theories and concepts, but also introduced me to new ways of interpreting the world and understanding my own presuppositions and the beliefs based on them.

I later discovered that this experience was perhaps something of an anomaly, as far as undergraduate institutions are concerned. Indeed, while at grad school, I realized that many of my peers had had much larger class sizes and had not received the same personal feedback and support in their undergraduate programs as I had in mine. The University of Winnipeg’s emphasis on 6.0 credit hour courses afforded me the time to understand with greater depth the subtleties of the texts I was reading and allowed me to develop fruitful working relationships with my professors. Furthermore, the University of Winnipeg’s focus on the history of philosophy ensured that I was able to understand the larger context surrounding the arguments we were discussing.”


Marc Kruse

Marc Kruse

B.A., Philosophy (Hons.), University of Winnipeg, 2011
JD candidate, Robson Hall Law School, University of Manitoba, Class of 2015
Coordinator of the UWPhSA (2009-2011)

Honours and Awards

E. J. McMurray Entrance Award, Robson Hall Law School, University of Manitoba (2012) 
William Burns Wittgenstein Prize, University of Winnipeg (2010) 
Dr. David Owen Memorial Scholarship in Philosophy, University of Winnipeg (2010)

“Studying philosophy at the University of Winnipeg is a unique opportunity for undergraduates. Smaller class sizes offer more individual attention from the professors, but more importantly, students are encouraged to engage with each other and the ideas presented in class.

I am thankful for the time I spent in the UW Philosophy program. I was able to build my public speaking skills through the UW Philosophy Student Association lecture and discussion series, in which students have the opportunity to present their own work. Also, the department’s focus on the history and context of philosophical thought helped not only to hone my academic and analytical skills, but also to define my worldview and develop my character.

My time at the U of Winnipeg helped prepare me for the demands of law school. The department’s focus on history and context means that students must wrestle with complete texts and not just arguments – and thereby to gain an appreciation of an author’s philosophical perspective. I acquired the conceptual tools to think through complex legal jurisprudence, as well as the opportunity to consider foundational ideas about truth, justice, morality, politics, and beauty.”


 

Ruth E. Lowe

Ruth Lowe

B.A. Philosophy (Hons.), University of Winnipeg, 2008
M.A. Philosophy, Queen’s University, 2009
Ph.D. Philosophy, University of St Andrews/Stirling University, UK, 2012

Honours and Awards

UW Gold Medal – Honours Philosophy
UW Gold Medal – Rhetoric, Writing and Communications
Sir William Stephenson Scholarship, University of Winnipeg
Edith Lindsay Memorial Scholarship, University of Winnipeg
Houston Family Bursary, Winnipeg
SSHRC Canadian Graduate Masters Scholarship
Tri-Council Recipient Recognition Award
SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship
SASP Doctoral Studentship Award

“The best thing about Philosophy at U of W: I met my future husband in logic class!”


 

Matthew McLennan

Matt McLennan

BA, Philosophy, University of Winnipeg, 2003
MA, Philosophy, University of Ottawa, 2006
PhD, Philosophy, University of Ottawa, 2011

Philosophy and Social Sciences Professor, 2009-

Assistant Professor of Public Ethics and Philosophy, Saint Paul University (2014 - )
Contract Instructor for the Department of Philosophy, Carleton University (2012 - 2014)
Part-time Professor for the Departments of Philosophy, Women's Studies, Political Science, Public Administration, and Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa (2009 - 2014)

Honours and Awards

University of Ottawa Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Dean’s Scholarship
University of Ottawa Excellence Scholarship (PhD)
SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship
University of Ottawa Entrance Scholarship (PhD)
SSHRC Canada Graduate Master’s Scholarship
University of Ottawa Excellence Scholarship (M.A.)
University of Ottawa Entrance Scholarship (M.A.)
University of Winnipeg David Owen Memorial Scholarship in Philosophy
University of Winnipeg Doba and Maier Calof Memorial Scholarship in Philosophy

"I count my years studying philosophy at the University of Winnipeg among the best of my life. I found my calling under the expert guidance of UW professors, and was equipped for an exciting and rewarding career in the field. Not only did I have the opportunity to discover a broad range of topics within the discipline, I was also able to approach philosophy at an uncommon level of historical depth. While the mental flexibility and taste for diverse ideas which were instilled in me by my instructors have proven a definite professional advantage, they've also proven to be precious gifts in and of themselves. I will always take great pride in being an alumnus of UW Philosophy!"


 

Christine Vidt (née Esselmont)

Christine Vidt

B.A. Philosophy (Hons.), University of Winnipeg, 2006
M.A. Philosophy, Queen’s University, 2009
Ph.D. Philosophy, Queen’s University, 2014

Honours and Awards

Dr. David Owen Memorial Scholarship in Philosophy, University of Winnipeg
Manitoba Legislative Internship Program Alumnus
R. Samuel L. McLaughlin Fellowship
Ontario Graduate Scholarship Doctoral Award

“I have always appreciated the fact that the professors at the University of Winnipeg’s Philosophy department frequently made time to meet with students on an individual basis. This individualized attention along with small class sizes and excellent teaching allowed me to successfully pursue graduate studies in Philosophy.”


 

Ariel Zylberman

Ariel Zylberman

B.A. Philosophy, University of Winnipeg, 2003
B.A. Philosophy and Politics, Oxford University, 2005
Ph.D. candidate in Philosophy, University of Toronto

Honours and Awards

Rhodes Scholar
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar

“One of the most formative experiences in my life was studying philosophy at the University of Winnipeg. Not only was it here that I discovered my passion for philosophy, but this passion was carefully cultivated by the program’s unique environment. Its small class sizes and easy accessibility to faculty were ideally suited to the practice of philosophy: chasing new (or very old!) and exciting ideas, critically examining your own beliefs and developing arguments for different views in conversation with others. This also meant that I never felt like a number. I was even able to TA and lead weekly discussion seminars, an opportunity exceedingly rare in larger institutions with graduate programs. Furthermore, the department’s emphasis on the history of philosophy encouraged developing an independent and critical mind from early on. Even first-year students engage with great philosophical texts from the past instead of relying on second-hand summaries.

The education I received through the Philosophy Program was outstanding and prepared me exceptionally well for my future studies at Oxford and currently at Toronto. The independence of mind fostered by the program served me well outside of academia, when I worked in the human rights field in the Peruvian Andes.

I am proud to be a University of Winnipeg alumnus.”