Ilene Block, LSA '69, and an alumna of the Philosophy Department, lived a rich and fulfilling life, improving the lives of her family and many, many friends along the way. Her undergraduate experience at the University of Michigan, especially her philosophy courses, was both formative and enriching. She was always grateful for the opportunities made possible by her Michigan education, and she never took for granted the chance to pass on to others the wisdom and keen sense of logic that she developed here. That included her son, Jamie, LS&A '11, who graduated with Honors in Philosophy. First suggested by Bob Sloan, LS&A '69, longtime friend of Ilene and her husband, Jerry, LS&A '69, the Ilene Goldman Block Memorial Fund provides resources that are enhancing undergraduate students' experiences in the Department, including internships, conference attendance, research-related travel, hosting of guest speakers on campus, development of special events, special publication purchases, etc. The Fund also aims to support students who are underrepresented in the field of philosophy.
Contributions to the Department of Philosophy play a critical role in supporting selected activities and programs. The Department benefits enormously from the generosity of University graduates, their parents, and other friends of Michigan Philosophy. We place an emphasis on broad and intensive training in the analytic tradition across the main areas of the discipline. Undergraduates are well prepared for a wide range of careers in both the professions and public service, while graduate students achieve impressive success on the job market, with many receiving offers from highly ranked philosophy departments.