These are fun, informal gatherings hosted by professors in their homes on the third Friday of each month in the evening. Faculty and students gather as equals and enjoy good food and good conversation. The dinner is a potluck event, though students are not asked to contribute. Afterward, a designated faculty member, student or guest leads a discussion of a particular topic. These are excellent opportunities for discussion leaders to get helpful feedback and ideas for their prospective research. They are also great opportunities for students to interact with other students in a casual, laid back setting.
The next philosophy party will be on Friday, October 19 at the home of Renee Conroy in Homewood, IL. The discussion will be led by senior philosophy majors Nathaniel Sexton and Michael Stefnik and will address issues related to Noel Carroll’s classic text The Philosophy of Horror or Paradoxes of the Heart.
The final philosophy party for the fall semester will be held on Friday, November 16. Location and speaker TBA.
These presentations, which are only slightly more formal than the philosophy parties, are held on campus. A faculty member or guest presents a paper based on his or her research, after which the audience is invited to ask questions of the speaker. Like the philosophy parties, this is an opportunity for good fun and great banter. All colloquia presentations are open to the public.
The first colloquium for the fall semester will be held on Wednesday, October 10 in Gyte 240 from 12:30 pm to 1:50 pm. Professor David Detmer will present his new work entitled “Psychologism and Postmodernism.”
The second colloquium event in the fall semester will be held on Thursday, November 29 from 7 pm to 9 pm, location TBA. Instructor Robin Turpin will present her paper entitled “The Bose Higgs-on and Other Stories; Why We Need a Philosophy of History and What It Should Do When It Is Working.”
Each September, the philosophy program sponsors a picnic at White Oak Park in Munster. The event provides an opportunity for newcomers to get acquainted with returning students and faculty. Picnics are potluck events, though students are not asked to contribute anything other than their presence.
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Updates regarding all news and upcoming events are provided via the Friends of Philosophy email list. Anyone interested in being added to the list should contact John Rowan: firstname.lastname@example.org.