The President and Organizer of SPC Pacific is Olav Bryant Smith, who teaches at California State University, Chico, and Butte College, and was the co-founder, graphic designer, and co-editor of Empirical Magazine.His book Myths of the Self: Narrative Identity and Postmodern Metaphysics offers studies of Kant, Heidegger, Whitehead, and Ricoeur that lead to a narrative theory of identity on the basis of an ontology of creative transformation and expression. Smith is currently building on the first work with the creation of a process-personalist ethic of care. He also has interests in theology and spirituality—Eastern and Western. 

Contact: Olav Bryant Smith, California State University, Chico, Philosophy Dept., 400 W. 1st St., Chico, CA 95929

Past Programs at Pacific APA

2023 – Topic: “The Poetics and Politics of Hope

Shannon Hayes (Tennessee State University) – “On the Poetic and the Imaginary in Lugones’s Decolonial Feminism”

Bonnie Sheehey (Montana State University) – “Salvage and Respair: Hope in the Work of Jesmyn Ward”

2022 – Topic: “Aesthetics and Politics

Martina Ferrari (Oregon State University) – “Refusing Representation: On Ephemeral Art and the Disappearing Daughters of Juárez”

Miguel Gualdrón Ramírez (University of North Texas) – “Unearthing an Underground Tongue: Creativity
and Coalition as Decolonial Resistance”

2021 – Topic: “Philosophy and Literature

Benjamin P. Davis (University of Toronto) – “Context and Critique: Diasporic Ethics in Edouard Glissant and Stuart Hall”

Justina Torrance (Harvard University) – “Sick Souls and Dying Empires: William James and Herman Melville on Despair”

Shannon Hayes (Tennessee State University) – “The Poetics of Loss and Relation in Edouard Glissant and Roland Barthes”

Pacific APA, Vancouver, British Columbia, Westin Bayshore Hotel (full program here)

Thursday, April 18, 2019, 6:00 PM

Topic: Ecology and Creativity East and West

Chair: Russell Duvernoy, Seattle University


“The Way Back: Daoist Reveral and Phenomenological Reduction,” Meillin Chinn, Santa Clara University

Commentator: Russell Duvernoy, Seattle University

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