Monthly Archives: February 2014

February 26, 2014

Career Week activities at Truman

The Career Center is hosting the Truman State University Spring Career Week, with events starting on Monday, March 3rd and continuing through Thursday, March 6th. There is truly something for all majors, at all stages in their preparation for life after Truman.

For a schedule of events, click this link:

The Career & Grad School Expo is Wednesday, March 5th, from 11-4 in the Student Union Building. If you have the opportunity to come by, the recruiters are always happy to see faculty and staff in attendance and you may see some familiar faces because many of them are alumni. This is also a chance to visit with recruiters about the skills and accomplishments they look for with interns and job applicants.

Current registrants:

Student Research Conference abstracts deadline soon

Call for Abstracts
2014 Student Research Conference
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Abstracts due: Fri, Feb 28, 2014, 11:59 PM

On Tuesday, 15 April 2014, Truman State University will hold its 27th annual Student Research Conference. The Conference is a University-wide celebration of student research, scholarship, and creative achievements. Both undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit abstracts.

Abstracts should be submitted online at All abstracts need to be sponsored by a Truman faculty or staff member. A copy of the information submitted will be sent electronically to the student presenter’s mentor for approval. Students should work with the faculty mentor before submitting the abstract to be minimize multiple drafts in the system.

The submission site is now open and the deadline for receiving abstracts is Friday, 28 February 2014, 11:59 pm.

In addition to the many student presentations, the day will feature a conference-wide plenary address delivered by Jeffrey McClurken, Chair and Professor of History and American Studies, University of Mary Washington. Please see the SRC website for more information.

February 13, 2014

Students for Middle East Peace present at Global Issues Colloquium

To learn all about the presentation, see the Truman Today article at

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Pictured left to right: Heather Redel, Sierra Horton, Jordyn Williams,
Brandon Bolte, Summer Jensen, Samantha Wickam and Mark Appold.

February 12, 2014

“12 Monkeys” screening

In conjunction with the “Apocalyptic” exhibition in the University Art Gallery, please join us for a screening of Terry Gilliam’s  pre-/post-apocalyptic mind-bender

12 Monkeys

Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 6:30pm in OP2210.

Pre-film remarks by Dereck Daschke, Professor of Philosophy & Religion, and Bob Mielke, Professor of English

Presented by the Art Department

Call for Participation– Truman’s Environmental Studies (ENVS) Conference

Truman’s Environmental Studies (ENVS) Conference
April 5, 2014

Humanity’s relationship with our environment is a complex, multilayered, and constant one that permeates many disciplines. The field of environmental studies comprises many lenses through which we can view the environment. We invite abstracts for contributions addressing the relationship between humans and their environment through an interdisciplinary perspective.

Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • Practical applications of life and physical sciences
  • Intersections of race, class, gender, and the environment
  • Philosophy and critique of environmentalism
  • Environmental components of public and global health
  • Environmental expression of art and literature
  • Potential initiatives and projects applicable to the Truman and Kirksville communities

The Environmental Studies Conference Committee invites abstracts from all members of the Truman and Kirksville communities, as well as members of the academic community at large. Please send abstracts to Make sure to include your name, abstract title, return address, phone number, and email address.

Deadline: February 28, 2014

SLU Undergraduate Conference — Call For Papers — Extended Deadline

Call for Papers
Saint Louis University Undergraduate Conference

Saint Louis University’s Second Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference taking place on:
March 21-23rd, 2014.
feat. Christine Korsgaard (Harvard)*, Laura Ruetsche (Michigan), Susanne Sreedhar (Boston University)

The paper length is 2500-5000 words. All works referred to must be cited consistently.
Submitted work must predominantly be authored by undergraduate(s).
Co-authorship permitted.

The DEADLINE for electronic submission is Monday, February 24rd, 2014.

Papers on any topic related to philosophy will be reviewed by our Conference Submission Panel and authors will be notified by or on February 27th, 2014.

Paper copies will be accepted if mailed to the Philosophy Department at Saint Louis University addressed to Ben Conover. All mailed submissions should be postmarked 3 days in advance of the electronic submission date.

E-Mail for Submissions:

Mailing Address:
Philosophy Department, Adorjan Hall 130, 3800 Lindell Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63108

Please Address Any Questions to Ben Conover or Tim Schmitz.( or (

*Christine Korsgaard will be speaking at the Department Colloquium on Friday, March 21st, which will also serve as the kick-off event for our Conference.

February 7, 2014

Prospective Majors Forum this upcoming week

Spring 2014 Prospective Majors Forum in
Philosophy and Religion

Thursday, February 13, 2014
4:30-6:00 p.m.
McClain Hall 208

The Most Human Thing We Do: Religion and the Need to Create

While religion is most often associated with otherworldly beings, transcendent realms, and our disposition after death, there are many reasons to believe that, in fact, the quintessential aspects of religion are the exact activities and experiences we seek out as a meaning-making and symbol-making species, especially as seen in forms of play, such as art and games.  Is there something religious in our need to create?  Is there something creative in our need for religion?  This talk will explore what it means if the answers to those questions are “yes.”

By Dr. Dereck Daschke
Professor of Philosophy and Religion