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Marcia Morgan's philosophy

Published: Thursday, October 22, 2009

Updated: Tuesday, July 5, 2011 17:07

Marcia Morgan is a new visiting Assistant Philosophy Professor at the College. She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the New School for Social Research in New York City. There, she completed her dissertation on the link between the philosophic works of Theodor W. Adorno and Soren Kierkegaard, with a special focus on the aesthetic-religious nexus in the writings of both figures.

Prof. Morgan completed her writings under the supervision of Agnes Heller in New York and Albrecht Wellmer in Berlin, Germany. After her dissertation, she lived in Germany for several years and became fluent in German, which she is always excited to utilize.

Currently, Prof. Morgan's position is to teach in her areas of specialization, which are namely aesthetics and 19th to 20th century continental philosophy. In addition to the courses she currently offers, she expressed an interest in offering an additional course in Jewish philosophy.

She has worked intensively on studying the Frankfurt School philosophers, most empathically Adorno, Block, and Benjamin, as well as focused on many post-World War II German-Jewish themes in her special area of aesthetics.

Previously, she has taught courses on the works of Luce Irigaray, Julia Kristeva, Martha Nussbaum, and others, and would also very much enjoy teaching a course on feminist philosophy in conjunction with the Women's Studies concentration.

Prior to Muhlenberg, Prof. Morgan has taught at Bryn Mawr College, Eugene Lang College of the New School for Social Research, among other universities, and at Potsdam University in Germany.

In addition, on two occasions she has been a guest research fellow at the Institute for Philosophy of the Technical University of Dresden in Germany and on two more occasions at the Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College, including an upcoming period this January.

Although she is new to the College, Prof. Morgan is not entirely new to the area as she was born in Pottsville, PA. She currently lives in Hawk Mountain, where she can frequently be found hiking, jogging and biking on the wooded trails near her home. She shares this time with her five year-old twin sons, who she proudly boasts are her "little giants," as they are very athletic and in the 98th percentile for height for their age group.

She adds that she enjoys spending other quality time with her boys, as her German Stammtisch every sunday Prof. Morgan at their home. This includes cooking German foods, reading German children's books and playing games in German to help her remain fluency in the language and to teach her closest friends and neighbors about their German heritage.

When she is not teaching or exploring the outdoors with her family, Morgan's other hobbies include music, playing the piano and cooking. She notes that she actually incorporates her love for music in her studies as she focuses on the philosophy of music in her work.

Moreover, in regards to her passion for cooking, Morgan actually considered becoming a professional chef as she had been raised in the food business. She mentioned that most of her family is in the food industry, producing cookbooks and running restaurants, and although she very much enjoys using her talents, her friends and family encouraged her to stay in academia.

The Weekly, along with the staff, students and administrators of the College wish to extend a warm welcome to Prof. Morgan in what is sure to be an exciting and successful year!

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