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President's Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student

Chatham Lovette, Philosophy; Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Chatham Lovette

Dissertation Title: Dreaming Queer: re-thinking the relationship between dreaming and radical philosophical activity

Can you tell us, in general terms, about your research?

My research explores alternative methodologies and strategies for continuing the practice of philosophy in the wake of certain demands posed by intersectional, non-clinical, difference-affirming histories of thought. In particular, I am concerned with how we might re-think madness, dreaming and poetry (as well as their interrelation) as viable and necessary philosophical processes.

What excites you about your work?

I view the classroom as a space to put my political commitments into practice, and I'm often very encouraged by the skills, insights and efforts of Stony Brook undergraduate students. These students are hardworking and very dedicated; they keep me going!

How has your time at Stony Brook helped equip you for success?

I've had a lot great mentors and aids at Stony Brook from both of my departments that have been very helpful in cultivating my pedagogy. In addition, many of my colleagues have been incredibly encouraging and resourceful; we share experiences, classroom activities, as well as general tips that have helped us forge a strong sense of community in our classes.

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