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August 30, 2013

Truman’s 2013 PHRE Conference invitation and call for papers

24th Annual Undergraduate Philosophy & Religion Conference

Saturday, November 9, 2013
9 a.m – 6 p.m.
Alumni Room, Student Union Building

Hosted by the Truman State University Department of Philosophy & Religion

Invitation and Call for Papers

We invite all undergraduate students who have a variety of philosophical and religious interests, from the novice to the maturing critical scholar, to submit papers to the Twenty-fourth Annual Truman State University Undergraduate Philosophy and Religion Conference. We ask students to take the challenge of submitting their original work to the conference with the potential of sharing their thoughts with other interested intellectuals from different areas of the country and different areas of expertise.  The conference is extraordinary in that it places the undergraduate as a central focus and demands strongly that there is scholarly activity at the undergraduate level worthy of presentation and praise.

Papers from any area of philosophy and/or religion are welcome.  Papers should be no longer than thirty minutes reading time (approximately ten to fifteen pages), including time to respond to questions.  A review panel of Truman State University undergraduates will select the program.  Submissions should be sent to

Undergraduate Philosophy and Religion Conference
Department of Philosophy & Religion
Truman State University
100 East Normal
Kirksville, MO 63501
(Attn: Dr. Murphy)

and must be postmarked by October 4, 2013.  Students may also send their submissions as email attachments to Dr. Murphy at this email address:

Authors should include their name, address, title of paper, telephone number, email address, and institution on a separate cover sheet, whether submitting hard copy or email attachment.

If a student’s paper is accepted, he or she will be notified by email, and we will require a 100-word abstract of the paper be sent as a confirmation of the student’s intention to present at the conference.  Please do not put identifying information on the paper anywhere other than the cover sheet.  Participants will be notified by October 21, 2013.

Kirksville is ninety miles north of Columbia, Missouri.  It is approximately three and one-half hours from St. Louis and Kansas City.  Hotel and travel information will be provided at the time of acceptance to the conference.  However, anyone who would simply like to attend may contact either the student organizer or faculty adviser for more information: Kara Boschert ( or Dr. David Murphy (660) 785-7246 (

The conference is free and open to the public; no registration is required.  Faculty members are welcome and encouraged to accompany their students to the conference.  We look forward to hearing from both the faculty and students as we prepare for an exciting conference.


The Philosophy and Religion Community
Truman State University

August 25, 2013

Columbia College Undergraduate Philosophy Conference CFP

Columbia College Undergraduate Philosophy Conference
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Columbia, Mo.

Papers in any area of philosophy welcome.

Abstracts due by Sept. 27, 2013
Notifications sent by Oct. 1, 2013

A link to last year’s conference program and additional information is
available on the website.

Kind regards,
Melanie Johnson-Moxley, PhD
Instructor of Philosophy
Faculty Advisor, Philosophy Club
Department of Humanities / 240 St. Clair Hall
Columbia College / 1001 Rogers St / Columbia, MO 65216

August 8, 2013

Prospective Majors Forum in Philosophy and Religion

Bill Blake in Babylon:
A Case Study in the Liberal Arts

By Jennifer G. Jesse
Chair and Professor of Philosophy and Religion

Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 4:30-5:50 p.m.
McClain Hall 209

Talk abstract:

I’ve been fascinated with the works of William Blake for over 30 years. I’m convinced that understanding his poetry and art requires interdisciplinary skills—not only specialized knowledge in multiple fields, but the kind of broad, integrative learning that emerges from a liberal arts education. In this forum, I’ll show how we can break open completely new meanings in Blake’s art by recognizing the religious ideas and values he was engaging. I hope this will spark a conversation about how our knowledge of current philosophical and religious dynamics deepens our understanding of what’s going on in other (social, political, cultural, economic) dimensions of our communal life. This session is geared toward those who are considering a philosophy and religion major or minor, but it’s open to anyone interested in the topic!

The talk is open to any who are interested in the topic.