EWU McNair Scholar Irie Browning Accepted to University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Masters in Philosophy

Congratulations to EWU McNair Scholar Irie Browning! Irie has been accepted to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Masters in Philosophy with funding. UWM has a demonstrated track record for graduating scholars from their Philosophy MA towards doctoral and continuing studies. Their overview states:

The general purpose of this program is to provide students with the background and stimulus for critical and original philosophical thoughts. The program is designed to serve both those students who wish to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy degree in philosophy and those students who wish either to terminate their formal philosophical studies with the Master of Arts degree or to integrate a graduate level of study in philosophy with graduate studies in other academic areas.

Irie Browning is an undergraduate at Eastern Washington University, graduating this spring 2024 with  a major in Philosophy and a minor in English. Literature. Though she finds nearly every aspect of philosophy fascinating, her areas of special interest are literary ethics, action theory, American pragmatism, and ancient Greek philosophy (particularly the works of Aristotle).  Irie’s first McNair Summer Research Internship, under the mentorship of Dr. Christopher C. Kirby, examined John Dewey’s Pattern of Inquiry and how it could be applied to inspire a greater passion for learning in college freshmen. In Summer 2023 Irie and Dr. Kirby diversified their inquiries, this time in virtue ethics as it applies to friendship. Her project proposes a philosophy of hope and love as a path forward in our hyper-individualized modern culture. We know her devote work ethic and unique scholarly framings will benefit any program, and propel her future career in Philosophy.