Gregory Tague

Information

Department(s)
English, Honors
Title(s)
Professor

Contact Information

School Email
(Primary)
School Phone
718.489.5225
Room
6005

Education

Degree(s)
BA, Brooklyn College, cum laude (1979)
MA, Hunter College (1990)
M Phil, New York University (1996)
Ph.D, New York University (1998)

Other Information

Expertise
Expertise in the evolution of culture and the biology of morality and consciousness; the English novel; reader-response ethical criticism; the modernist movement.
Biography

Becoming a professor is a long journey. While working eighteen years for corporate lawyers during the 1980s and 1990s, I simultaneously cultivated my academic career by teaching as an adjunct early in the morning and by attending graduate school at night. My primary interest was in the English novel and the creation and behavior of characters. After earning my Ph.D., I began to focus on the subjects of character, individual consciousness, and moral behavior, mostly from a philosophical perspective. In recent years, however, I’ve studied human evolution, the biology of morality, and nonhuman primate intelligence, communication, and emotions to illuminate these subjects. I’ve come to realize how our hominin past, as well as continuities with nonhuman primates with whom we share a common ancestor, can help us understand some of our current behaviors.

In terms of service, I have taught over thirty different courses, including some related to evolutionary studies, and have mentored a range of topics for senior projects. I also have a distinguished record of involvement in the college community. To date, I’ve worked on no fewer than ten standing or ad hoc committees, prominent ones including Academic Standards, Curriculum, Promotion and Tenure, Faculty Development, and Faculty Evaluation and Enrichment. I serve on the Honors Council and have been an active member on several Middle States accrediting committees, in particular chairing the committee on Faculty. As a replacement, I’ve also served at the Provost’s request on the Planning Council.

Though too numerous to list, I have initiated and organized many student-centered and other campus events related to small press authors and other artistic, creative, or scholarly people. I am honored to have re-established Sigma Tau Delta – Delta Omicron Chapter, the international English honors society, and currently serve as the faculty sponsor of that as well as the English Club and the student-run literary magazine Montage. A notable event close to my line of analysis is the ongoing Moral Sense Colloquia, which I began in 2012. In June of 2017 our keynote speaker at the Moral Sense Colloquium was the legendary biologist Robert Trivers. Also noteworthy, I co-organized with Dr. Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe (now emeritus, University of Lincoln, UK) the three-day Sixth International Conference on Consciousness, Theatre, Literature and the Arts which gathered over 70 scholars from 24 countries. Exploring the arts and humanities in light of evolution, I initiated The Evolutionary Studies Collaborative in 2012; read about it on the SFC website: http://www.sfc.edu/academics/institutescenters/evolution. As a service component to the Evolutionary Studies Collaborative I led a successful effort to raise scholarship money to send a deserving Indonesian student to college to study biology or forestry. Additionally, partnering with English Professor and Fulbright Scholar Dr. Virginia Franklin, I helped bring South African Shakespearean actor Vaneshran Arumugan to the college as our first Fulbright Scholar in Residence for the Spring 2013 semester.

I have participated in many academic conferences and have been privileged to present papers twice, and to be part of a three-day working group once, at the prestigious Modern Language Association annual convention. In addition to scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals and edited collections, I have published creative writings, two of which were nominated for a Pushcart Prize. I’ve edited five, themed literary anthologies containing the poetry and prose of contemporary writers from all over the world.

I have written on the origins and evolution of narration and individual consciousness in Making Mind: Moral Sense and Consciousness (Rodopi 2014). I’ve also written on art and aesthetics as moral cognition in Evolution and Human Culture: Texts and Contexts (Brill 2016). To conclude my trilogy of books on the arts and humanities in light of evolution, I explore great ape intelligence, hominin evolution, Stone Age tools, Paleolithic culture and art forms, and neurobiology in Art and Adaptability: Consciousness and Cognitive Culture (Brill 2018). I am available to present on art and adaptation upon request. Currently, I’m working on a book with well-known primatologist Gary L. Shapiro. I’ve also edited, co-edited, and contributed to Origins of English Literary Modernism (2009) and Origins of English Dramatic Modernism (2010). Earlier monographs include Character and Consciousness (2005) and Ethos and Behavior (2008).

I am the founding and current editor of the ASEBL Journal, whose objective is to publish online peer-reviewed papers on the convergence of ethics, the arts, and evolution. I also edit the Bibliotekos literary website, which features profiles on, and some original writing from, authors all over the world. I have consistently involved student editorial interns in book projects, the Bibliotekos website, and the ASEBL Journal, and aim to continue with that mission.

In addition to advising English majors, I am available to mentor Independent Study topics in evolutionary studies for any interested student. Stop by room 6005 during office hours so I can provide details and we can talk.

For more information about Gregory F. Tague,visit his website.