Call for papers: Southwestern Conference for Undergraduate Philosophers

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  • December 3, 2013

    Call for papers: Southwestern Conference for Undergraduate Philosophers

    The 18th Annual Southwestern Conference for Undergraduate Philosophers has issued a call for papers by undergraduate philosophy students on any philosophical topic. Papers should be a maximum of 3,000 words, making for a 25-minute presentation. The deadline for submission is Dec. 20. The author’s name, address, telephone number, and email address should appear only on a separate page. Students with accepted papers will be notified early in the new year. Send your paper by email attachment in .rtf format to: and

    The conference will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014. The keynote address will be given by Dr. Randall Auxier from the Philosophy Department at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL

    For further info, contact Dr. Darian C. De Bolt, Department of Humanities and Philosophy, University of Central Oklahoma, 100 N. University Dr., Edmond, OK 73034-5209 (405) 503-8682.

  • November 20, 2013

    Members of Students For Middle East Peace hold fundraiser

    Members of “Students For Middle East Peace” (SMEP) braved the elements last Monday in an all-day fundraising sale of Kettle Corn aimed at raising funds for next semester’s programming. Plans are to sponsor a “Middle East Film Event” and also a university-wide panel presentation with position papers on controversial Middle East issues.  Although membership in the group is comprised primarily of students who have participated in the summer Middle East Study Abroad course, membership is open to all.  For further information contact Victoria Meeks, president of the chapter.

    Pictured from left to right are: Jeremy Bone, Deanna Barger, Dr. Mark Appold, faculty advisor, Jordyn Williams, Victoria Meeks, Deanna Leiber, and Summer Jensen.

    SMEP fundraiser











  • Students attend International Bethsaida Conference


    Truman students who had previously participated in the Middle East Study Abroad program were guests at the International Bethsaida Conference held November 14 – 16 at the University of Nebraska in Omaha. Keynote speakers were Prof. Gabriel Barkai from Jerusalem, well known researcher and archaeologist, who presented on the “Secrets of the Temple Mount” and Prof. Danel Kahn, former chair of the Department of Biblical Studies at Haifa University, who presented on “The Campaign of Sennacherib Against Judah.”   Seventeen other presenters were on the agenda including Dr. M. Appold who addressed the question “Was Jesus a Zealot?”

    Pictured from left to right: Dr. Mark Appold, Ben Batzer, Heather Redel, Jordyn Williams, Brandon Bolte, Samantha Wickam, and Summer Jensen.

    BethsaidaConference photo








  • November 1, 2013

    Truman’s 2013 PHRE Undergrad Conference schedule now available


    Saturday, November 9, 2013
    All sessions will take place in the Alumni Room, Student Union Building.  For more info (including talk abstracts), see the conference webpage.

    9:05 am
    Welcome to the conference

    9:10 am
    Ni Addo Abrahams, Missouri State University, “A Fool’s Wisdom (1st Corinthians 1:18-25)”

    9:45 am
    Adam Stroud, Lindenwood University, “Moral Philosophy in Giordano Bruno’s The Expulsion of the Triumphant Beast”

    10:20 am
    Emma Prendergast, Millikin University, “Mo Tzu’s Law of Universal Mutual Love and the Prisoner’s Dilemma”

    10:55 am
    Kenny L. Maese, University of Nebraska at Omaha, “A Truth Carried by the Wave: Curving the Perception of Traditional Western Religion”

    11:30 am
    Ben Conover, Saint Louis University, “The Spooky Metaphysics of Causal Powers”

    12:05 pm
    Keynote Talk: 12:30 pm
    Dr. Evan Williams, Truman State University
    Topic: Can Environmental Damage Be Both Morally Permissible and Morally Bad?
    Georgian Room B, Student Union
    Lunch provided

    2:00 pm
    Anson Tullis, Washburn University, “Fictional Characters and Meinongian Theory of Objects”

    2:35 pm
    Sean Marren, Drury University, “Heraclitus’ Stratified Ontology alongside Nietzsche’s Neutral Ontology”

    3:10 pm
    Summer Jensen, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, “Globalization and Islam: A Look at ART Integration in the Muslim Middle East”

    3:45 pm
    Ian Jones, University of Nebraska at Omaha, “From Asteroids to Skyrim: Ritual Practice and the Gaming Community”

    4:20 pm
    Elisabeth Bancroft Wessel Meindl, Principia College, “Redefining History, Redefining God”

  • October 15, 2013

    SLU Undergrad Philosophy Conference call for papers

    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)

    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 3rd, 2014.

    Papers on any topic related to philosophy will be reviewed by the Conference Submission Panel and authors will be notified by or on February 17th, 2014.

    Paper copies will be accepted if mailed to the Philosophy Department at Saint Louis University addressed to Ben Conover. All mailed submissions must 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 the Conference.

  • October 10, 2013

    Midsouth Undergrad Philosophy Conference

    Call for papers here.

  • Funding for travel to national undergrad research conference

    Dear PHRE students,

    I write to encourage you to consider presenting your current research at NCUR this spring. The deadline for submitting an application is October 25. There’s nothing like participating in a conference of your peers to discover your own voice and to experience the impact you can make as a scholar. Don’t pass up this exciting opportunity! If you have a paper or project underway, please talk with your academic adviser or mentor as soon as possible. All the information about applying for funding is below.

    Jennifer G. Jesse
    Chair and Professor of Philosophy and Religion


    Truman State University has a long-standing tradition of sending students to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research to present their research, scholarship, and creative activities.  We will continue that tradition this year by supporting student attendance at the 28th Annual NCUR Conference in Lexington, KY, to be held from April 2-5, 2014.

    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; we expect to be able to provide support for up to 25 students.

    OSR-Funded Travel to NCUR 2014

    1. Students who wish to apply for funding from the Office of Student Research for travel to NCUR 2014 must submit a completed application including an abstract by 11:59 PM on Friday October 25, 2013.  A copy of the application form can be found at the OSR website at  Abstract guidelines can be found at .
    2. The Office of Student Research will rank the applications and award travel funds to no more than 25 students.  Priority will be given to senior students, students who have not previously attended NCUR, and students who will not have the opportunity to present their research elsewhere (except for Truman’s Student Research Conference).  Applicants will be notified whether or not they have been awarded funding via email no later than November 8, 2013.  Students who are denied funding from the OSR are encouraged to seek alternative sources of travel funds.
    3. After a student has secured funding for travel to NCUR 2014 (whether through the OSR or from some other source), he or she must submit their abstract to NCUR through the NCUR web site ( by the December 6, 2013 deadline.  Please note that students will be responsible for submitting their own abstracts to NCUR.  Abstracts will be reviewed by a panel of faculty at the University of Kentucky, and students will be notified whether their abstract has been accepted by NCUR by January 14, 2014.
    4. The Office of Student Research will contact all students who have been accepted by NCUR to present at the conference in January 2014, and will coordinate registration and travel for the entire Truman group.


  • 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.

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