Stefanie Rocknak

Rocknak Discusses Philosophy, Sculpture Sunday on Public Radio

September 7, 2012

Hartwick College Associate Professor of Philosophy Stefanie Rocknak will be the featured guest on North Dakota Public Radio's philosophy-centered program "WHY?" on Sunday, September 9 at 6 p.m. EST. The program can be heard live online at

Rocknak, also an acclaimed sculptor, will discuss the relationship between philosophy and art, her creative process, and "the artistic mind," according to producers.

An award-winning member of the Sculptors Guild whose artwork has appeared in numerous publications and in more than 40 exhibitions including at the Smithsonian, Stefanie Rocknak is an associate professor of philosophy and the director of the Cognitive Science Program at Hartwick College, where she has taught since 2001. A graduate of Colby College in Waterville, Maine, with a B.A. in American Studies and Art History with a concentration in studio art, she holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Boston University. Her interests include the 18th-century Scottish philosopher David Hume (the subject of her forthcoming book), the philosophy of art, and the philosophy of the mind.

Among other honors, Rocknak was recently selected from among nearly 300 artists to create a sculpture of Edgar Allen Poe for his home city of Boston, MA.

WHY? is a production of The Institute for Philosophy in Public Life. For more information, visit:

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