The Philosophy Department offers its eligible majors an opportunity to complete their degree programs with departmental honors by writing an Honors Thesis in their senior year.
Jennifer Gibilterra received her bachelors of arts in Philosophy and Economics from Loyola in 1993. With over fifteen years of business and managerial experience, Jennifer is Senior Vice President and National Business Development Officer at Nexity Bank in Atlanta. Prior to that, she worked for the Federal Reserve Bank both in New Orleans and in Atlanta, eventually holding the position of Assistant Vice President. During that time, Jennifer was selected to participate in two executive development programs, one at Harvard Business School and the other at Columbia University.
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Adrienne Williams Haines (B.A., philosophy, cum laude, 1997, Loyola University) completed her Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 2000. Licensed to practice law in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas, Adrienne has practiced in the areas of corporate law and toxic tort liability defense. Additionally, she served as a Senior Assistant District Attorney in Orleans offenses. Adrienne is currently a trial attorney for Progressive Casualty Insurance Group and resides in Lakeview with her husband, Joseph, and dog, Izzy.
After Graduating from Loyola with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy, Deborah Drew received a J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). She works as an attorney at the Habeas Corpus Resource Center in San Francisco, where she represents indigent petitioners in death penalty habeas corpus proceedings before the Supreme Court of California and the federal courts.
Brett Bonin holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Philosophy and a Juris Doctorate from Loyola. He was elected to the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) in 2008, appointed to the Board of Directors of the Louisiana School Board Association (LSBA) in 2009, and is on the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA). He was appointed to District Attorny Leon Canizzaro's Transition Team and Mayor Elect Mitch Landrieu's Education Task Force. He is a practicing family law attorney, the Chair of the Louisiana Bar Association's Practice and Assistance Committee, and he moderated and taught the Bar Association's Ethics School. While a philosophy student at Loyola, he volunteered with the New Orleans Police Department Crisis Unit and Continued to serve for a total of nine years. He also volunteered with the Orleans Parish Civil Sheriff for eight years.
Paul Primeaux received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Philosophy from Loyola and a Doctorate of Medicine from Louisiana State University School of Medicine. He completed his Internship and his Residency at Tulane Medical School. He is Associate Medical Director of the Tulane Center for the Advanced Medical Simulation and Team Training, Director of Abdominal Transplant Anesthesia, and Residency Program Director of the Department of Anesthesiology at Tulane Medical Center.
Eric Wilson received a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Philosophy from Loyola and a Ph.D in Philosophy from Emory University. He received a Deutscher Akademischer Austuschdienst grant, won the Review of Metaphysics' 2007 Dissertation Essay Competition, and has published five articles. After working as an assistant professor at Loyola University-Maryland, Dr. Wilson has recently joined the faculty at Georgia State University's Philosophy Department.
The prestigious Davies-Jackson Scholarship was awared to Loyola's own Gordon Nicholas Courtney. Courtney is a graduating senior in the University Honors Program, majoring in Philosophy and Medieval Studies. The award itself entails a full scholarship that will cover all tuition, room, and board for two years of study at St. John's College at the University of Cambridge. Travel to and from England and living expenses during summer vacation are also covered.
Courtney will be working toward a Cambridge Honours BA, or Cantab degree in Philosophy; according to the scholarship program, this is often viewed as the equivalent of an MA in the U.S.
In Dr. Berendzen’s view, Horkheimer’s thought has been unjustly ignored relative to his contemporaries, and Dr. Berendzen is attempting to correct this error.