Anna Mudde, B.A. Hons (Toronto), M.A. (Memorial), Ph.D. (York)
Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Campion College at the University of Regina
Dr. Mudde is the Assistant Professor and Head of the Department of Philosophy and Classics at Campion College. She recalls there must have been some timely presence in the building when she began teaching at Campion:
“The first class that I taught at the College – Introduction to Philosophy – met in one of the rooms on the first floor, directly under the chapel. We began the course with Descartes’ Meditations and when we got to the argument for god’s existence, at just the right moment, the organ boomed above our heads!”
The work of philosophical thought, Anna might say, is never done, only ever attempted. And perhaps it’s academic instinct to give a thorough response when prompted by perplexing questions. When asked what is her greatest accomplishment, it stirred some concern. But suddenly, a theory arose, “…accomplishments aren’t ever the accomplishments of individuals, and I have an ever-changing list of ‘our’ greatest accomplishments.”
Her list at the moment? She has learned to solder silver and set stones with Melody Armstrong. Like many academics, Anna’s friends and relatives help her maintain important relationships across long distances. Her academic work is a product of a community of scholars, and she has, in the past year, welcomed the collaborative synergy of her Campion colleagues in helping to better recognize and respect the existence of transgender and other queer and non-conforming people at the College. And she continues to build a life with her “kind, smart” husband, who finds her “sufficiently charming”.
Anna has embraced the modern medium of podcasts and hopes to record them one day, “I’m not sure I have a voice for radio, but I wish I could be Roman Mars! I’m a podcast fanatic and I would love to host or co-host my own podcast. Lately, I’ve been thinking about podcasting and philosophy with one of my colleagues at Mount Royal University, Ada Jaarsma.”
Regarding our last question, Anna appears guarded. As a philosopher, she questions the assumptions that underlie asking people how they give back to their communities. Anna remarks,“I often ask my students to notice how community is accomplished through each person’s small, unacknowledged, ‘everyday’ engagements, skills, and practices”. In this case, it could likely be asked in a different way… possibly, ‘What activities and roles do you play that fuel your passion or instinct to help others?’ Surely her relationships are the front line of community. She projects her energy and influence into this community, whether it’s on campus, in the studio, the classroom, or her world beyond.