Monthly Archives: September 2011

September 26, 2011

Call for papers and keynote speaker announcement for fall Undergraduate PHRE Conference

I am happy to announce…

The 22nd Annual
Undergraduate Philosophy & Religion Conference

Saturday, November 12, 2011
Alumni Room, Student Union Building

Hosted by the Truman State University Department of Philosophy and Religion

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Robert Jewett
University of Heidelberg, Germany
Author of the commentary on Romans in the Hermeneia series

Call for Papers

Submissions must be postmarked or emailed by Friday, October 7, 2011.

  • Submit papers of approximately 10-15 pages in any area of philosophy or religious studies.
  • Include cover sheet with name, institution, title of paper, address, email, and telephone number.
  • Include papers in hard or emailed copy without personal information but with paper’s title on the front.
  • If accepted, authors will provide a 100-word abstract by email.
  • Presentations should be approximately 30 minutes, including time for questions.

Email submissions to Dr. W. Michael Ashcraft at, or mail them to him at

Dr. W. Michael Ashcraft
Re: PHRE Undergraduate Conference
Department of Philosophy and Religion
School of Social and Cultural Studies
Truman State University
100 E. Normal
Kirksville, MO  63501

September 14, 2011

President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge

Go to to learn about an interesting year-long project in interfaith dialogue and service taking place at Truman this year.

September 7, 2011

Opportunity for Truman students to present at SIU Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

The Department of Philosophy and Phi Sigma Tau (Illinois Pi Chapter) of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville are pleased to announce that they will be hosting the 6th Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, November 4th-5th, 2011. All undergraduate students are encouraged to submit papers on any topic of philosophical interest.

Submission Deadline: September 30th, 2011

Submission Guidelines:

  • Papers should be 12-15 pages in length (20-25 minutes presentation time).
  • All personally identifying information should be removed from the body of the paper.
  • A cover sheet including your name and contact information should be attached separately.
  • Electronic submissions only; they should be emailed to: blu… (Subject Line: “Undergraduate Conference Submission”)
  • For compatibility reasons, please be sure to save the files in .rtf or .doc

Conference Keynote Speaker: Professor Eric Brown from Washington University

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Bryan Lueck at blu…  Please the following website for further information and updates about the conference:

Mohler named winner of Mobile for Global Good competition

Dr. Chad Mohler, Professor of Philosophy and Religion and developer of the iPhone app TruTouch, was recently named winner of the “Mobile for Global Good” programming competition sponsored by Big Nerd Ranch.  Big Nerd Ranch ( is one of the premiere companies in the world for offering training programs in Mac and iOS (iPhone / iPad / iPod Touch) software development.

The Mobile for Global Good competition solicited ideas for an iOS app that would facilitate the work of some charitable organization.  Mohler’s award-winning submission proposed an app that serves as a portal to JustGive, an organization that, through its database of nearly 1.8 million charities, seeks to connect donors with the charities the donors would like to support.

Says Mohler of his proposal, “Insofar as a JustGive iOS app would help users to find charities they’d like to donate to and then donate to those charities in just a matter of a few taps, such an app would go a long way toward increasing the convenience of charitable giving.”

As a result of winning the competition, Mohler received an all-expense-paid weeklong trip to the Big Nerd Ranch (in Atlanta, GA) for training in iOS programming.  That training will be followed by a week of one-on-one mentoring at Big Nerd Ranch to facilitate the creation of the JustGive app.

The skills Mohler acquired at Big Nerd Ranch will also help him to continue to make improvements in TruTouch, the Truman iOS app he developed to give iPhone / iPad / iPod Touch users convenient, one-click access to various sorts of information about Truman State University.  More information about TruTouch can be found at Mohler’s software development website,