Monthly Archives: October 2011

October 26, 2011

Orientation meeting for Spring 2012 PHRE Senior Seminar

The orientation meeting for next semester’s Philosophy and Religion Senior Seminar course will take place on Thursday, November 3 at 6:00 p.m. in McClain 209.

Any individuals anticipating being part of the Spring 2012 senior seminar should plan to attend. 

Others are welcome, too, especially those interested in hearing a little more about how Senior Seminar works and about what one might be do in advance preparation for that course.

The meeting will cover the following topics:

  • selecting a thesis topic
  • finding a thesis director
  • what you need to do between now and the beginning of the spring semester
  • tips for success in Senior Seminar

I look forward to thinking about great topics in philosophy and religion with those individuals who will be a part of the seminar.

— Prof. Mohler

Call for Submissions – Reed Journal of Existentialism

From the editors of The Reed:

The Reed, run through St. Olaf’s Howard Hong Kierkegaard Library, functions as a forum for Existential themes at the undergraduate level throughout the United States and abroad. The undergraduate editors of this journal are committed to considering submissions by Existentialist thinkers struggling with the angst and alienation that comes with the freedom and learning of college.  Our hope is to create both a textual and visual space where Existentialism can be explored through various mediums.  As an interdisciplinary journal, we aim to include varied interpretations of existentialism; essays, as well as poetry, short fiction, literary criticism, religious discourse, psychological analysis, and visual art. Because this is an undergraduate journal, we attempt to offer selections hitting on various levels of the broad theme of Existentialism while maintaining a cohesive intellectual rigor present throughout the discipline. We also seek to include a range of understanding of Existentialism, from the novice to the relative expert, from the artistic, to the critical.

Students can send their submissions to

For excerpts from past issues and for more information, please visit our new website at

October 19, 2011

Is philosophy the most practical major?

An interesting blog post from The Atlantic

PHRE alum presenting at Oct. 20 Global Issues Colloquium

Stephanie Malin will be speaking at the October 20, 2011 Global Issues Colloquium on “Uranium Communities and Nuclear Renaissance: Energy and Environmental Justice on the Colorado Plateau.” Dr. Malin is a 2004 graduate of Truman State University with a double major in Sociology/Anthropology and English, and a minor in Philosophy/Religion. She recently completed her Ph.D. in Environmental and Natural Resources Sociology and Social Change and Development at Utah State University, and is currently doing postdoctoral research at Brown University. In her lecture she will critically examine recent proposals that a global renewal of nuclear energy – a nuclear renaissance – can serve as a viable solution to reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change impacts. She will focus on emergent social impacts of nuclear power on rural communities that are embedded within global systems, such as uranium markets. Dr. Malin will be speaking at 7 pm in Magruder 2001.

October 5, 2011

NIU Undergrad Philosophy Conference call for papers

1st Annual Northern Undergraduate Philosophy Conference
March 23rd and 24th, 2012
Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL

Keynote Speaker
David O’Connor, University of Notre Dame
Friday, March 23rd, 3:00 P.M., Holmes Student Center, University Suite


Submissions from any and all undergraduates on any philosophical topic are welcome. Papers should be approximately 3500 words. Longer submissions will be considered, but all presenters will have about 30 minutes to present their work.

Please send submissions as an attachment to the NUPC in .doc, .pdf, or .rtf format to the following address:
On the paper itself include no personal information, but do include a short abstract of your work (100-150 words), and number your pages. All submissions must have an abstract. In addition, attach a separate document with the following information: your name, college, contact information (email, phone number, mailing address), the title of your paper, a word count, and philosophical area of your paper (e.g., ethics, metaphysics, etc.).
The Conference Committee will notify all applicants of its selections by February 17th, 2012.

Questions regarding the conference may be sent to

October 4, 2011

Funding for travel to National Conference on Undergraduate Research

Truman State University has a long-standing tradition of sending a group of undergraduate students to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research every spring to present their research, scholarship, and creative activities to their peers from around the country.  We will continue that tradition again this year by supporting student attendance at the 26th Annual NCUR Conference in Ogden, Utah, to be held from March 29-31, 2012.

Funding of student participation and the coordination of all travel arrangements will be handled through the Office of Student Research (OSR).  Students who wish to receive financial support from the University for NCUR travel, registration, and lodging must submit an application to the Office of Student Research.

Students who wish to apply for funding from the Office of Student Research for travel to NCUR 2012 must submit a completed application and a copy of their abstract to the OSR in the drop box outside MG 3132 no later than 4:00 PM on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.  A copy of the application form can be found at the OSR website at  Abstract guidelines can be found at


Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics essay contest

The Prize in Ethics Essay Contest 2012 (link) is now open for submissions.

This year, the contest is accepting online submissions ONLY. Visit APPLY.ETHICSPRIZE.ORG to submit an essay.

This year’s suggested topic:
Articulate with clarity an ethical issue that you have encountered and analyze what it has taught you about ethics and yourself.

Before you start writing your essay, please read the 2012 Guidelines .

The Contest deadline is December 5th, 2011 before 5pm PST.

For examples of previous prize-winning essays, check out An Ethical Compass: Coming of Age in the 21st Century.