Teaching Ancient Law

Hello everyone! My name is Tyler Viljaste, and I am a Junior pursuing a dual degree and Bachelor of Philosophy in Politics&Philosophy and Finance. This semester, I am working with my fellowship mentor Bernard Hibbitts on a special teaching project through the Chancellors Undergraduate Teaching Fellowship for his honors law class entitled “How Law Began”….

Evolving Perspectives on Research

Before starting the Brackenridge this summer, during the past spring semester I completed philosophy research in a directed study for a different topic in the field of metaethics. (The focus, similarly to my initial plan in the Brackenridge, was trained on a specific position in the field of metaethics, this one called neo-Aristotelian ethical naturalism….

Interdisciplinary = Greater than the Sum of its Parts

Over the past few weeks, we were exposed to the prospect of interdisciplinary research. Because my own project is focused in one field of discipline, it was nice to work with other researchers for a different subject matter, consciously uniting our various backgrounds to tackle an issue related to higher education accessibility or inequality. My…

Networking and Class

As part of the prompt for this week’s blog post, we were instructed to create a profile on Pitt Commons as a first step to connecting with other Brackenridge alumni who have similar interests, career paths, or academic majors. I reached out to an alum who studied Philosophy and German as an undergrad and ended…

Thinking Together

We’ve talked a lot about presenting research here at the Brackenridge. Unsurprisingly, it’s really difficult. I remember a couple weeks ago sitting down with my family for dinner (one of the nicer aspects of quarantine, to be sure) where I was asked what I had done that day for my research project. The question was…

Cohorts, Assemmmblleeeeeeeeeee!!!!

We’re all three-weeks-in on the grand adventure of the 2020 Brackenridge Summer Research Fellowship, and I’m proud to belong to a cohort now calling itself the “Cannon Crew”! The entire fellowship will surely end up remiss if our cohort’s Ideathon proposal doesn’t also incorporate a topic with cannons… As a disclaimer, the lockdown-induced cabin fever…

Brackenridge 2020 Introduction and Aspirations

Hello everyone! My name is Max Nowalk and I am currently a rising senior at Pitt. I am pursuing majors in Philosophy and German, specifically the Interdisciplinary German Studies major, as well as a certificate in West European Studies. Funnily enough, I’ve never studied German or much philosophy until coming to Pitt, but I’ve thoroughly…