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2002 ASA Eastern Division Meeting
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April 4-6, 2002, Philadelphia

The Eastern Division of the American Society for Aesthetics held its annual meeting at the Double Tree Hotel in Philadelphia on April 5-6, 2002, scheduled to coincide both with Temple University’s annual Monroe Beardsley Lecture, and with “First Friday,” the coordinated opening of the city’s art galleries late into the evening on the first Friday of every month. Approximately 60 faculty members and graduate students attended.

Sessions and Special Panels included: Wittgenstein in Context, Aesthetic Presentation, Aesthetics on the Edge, Fiction and Philosophy, Philosophy and Film, Emotion, Painting, Music, Kant, and Defining Art.

In view of recent events, last autumn’s Call for Papers included a request for papers on the topic of memorials. This resulted in three special panels on Memorials 9/11. In another special panel, on The Artist at Work, New York artists Barbara Sandrisser (whose work also addressed the 9/ll theme), and Karen Shasha and David Ting Yeh, presented slides and discussion of their work.

Plenary Sessions: Professor Jerrold Levinson of University of Maryland College Park presented the annual Monroe Beardsley Lecture, “Varieties of Musical Pleasure: Musical Chills and Other Delights.” This was, as usual, supported by Temple University, which also generously provided a reception in their famously gracious style.

A second special plenary session was a tribute to the work of Joseph Margolis. Garry Hagberg, Jacques Catudal and John Carvalho commented on Margolis’s contributions to the field in both publications and teaching with Margolis responding.

Special Events: The Aesthetic Attitude , a jazz group comprised of ASA members Phil Alperson (alto and soprano saxophones), John Carvalho (tenor saxophone), Bill Day (piano), Garry Hagberg (guitar), Casey Haskins (drums), Craig Thomas (bass), and Jerry Levinson and Jenefer Robinson (vocals), had their first public performance on Saturday night at the South Philadelphia jazz club Allie’s Jazz Bistro. It was standing room only and enthusiastically received.

ASA Eastern 2003: At Friday’s Business Meeting Kirk Pillow (Hamilton College) and John Brown (UM College Park) agreed to serve as Program and Local Arrangements Chairs for 2003. Kevin Melchionne (Tyler Art Gallery/ Temple University) is assisting with local arrangements. Mara Miller (Indep. Scholar, Philadelphia) will serve as creative consultant and help Peter Fettner (Temple University) with local publicity. Sarah Worth (Furman University) will stay on as an advisor to the committee.

We voted to make Philadelphia the permanent location for the Eastern ASA. While we acknowledge the need to avoid exhausting the personnel and financial resources of a single area, we feel confident that Philadelphia has the confluence of advantages we are looking for in our site-proximity to several big cities, good transportation; a high concentration of colleges, arts schools, and universities; and outstanding restaurants, museums, galleries, concert halls and theaters. The establishment of a permanent site for the Eastern Division Meeting will no doubt strengthen the division and contribute admirably to the Association’s efforts to promote aesthetics in North America.

Mara Miller

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