Years at Knox: 2005 to present
Ph.D., 2009, University of Chicago.
B.A., 1995, Amherst College.
Aesthetics, ethics, philosophy of film.
"How to Do Things with Medium in Art Criticism." Paper, The New School for Social Research, New York, New York, 2010.
"Genealogy of the Gangster." Paper, Université de Quebec a Montréal. Kinosophilia Conference, 2010.
What Students Say
"Simply put, Professor Wack is the epitome of a Knox professor; intelligent, enthusiastic and approachable. His obvious passion for philosophy is contagious and encourages student curiosity. His teaching methods are engaging and create a fun and exciting experience. Participation is easy in his class, where he considers every comment carefully and gives his attention to every question. Professor Wack successfully teaches students how to think deeply and more critically, enriching their studies and their lives."
-Ruth Amerman, Philosophy Major
"Dan Wack's enthusiasm for philosophy is infectious. Professor Wack shows films and tells stories from his own life to clarify difficult philosophical concepts for his students, and these stories and films also serve as a conduit through which he connects philosophy to the lives of his students. Doubtless, Professor Wack's classes have given me a better understanding of philosophy, but they have also strengthened my desire to make sense of the world through my interactions with art and the stories that are told in everyday conversation."
-James Sheppard, Philosophy Major
Leading up to a worldwide event -- Gun Control Theatre Action Week, May 27 through June 2 -- a play by Knox College theatre professor Neil Blackadder was selected for a new collection, "24 Gun Control Plays."
Rana Tahir, a double major in creative writing and political science, wrote dozens of poems and created 29 paintings after interviewing Kuwaiti residents about the 1990 Iraqi occupation.
Knox College awarded more than $3,000 in prizes in the 2013 Al Young Art Show. Organizing 200 art works in an array of media is a challenge, according student Katie O'Connor, who helped arrange the entries.