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Philosophy Dialogue Series

Philosophy Dialogue Series

For over 20 years, the Philosophy Dialogue Series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas. Faculty and student presenters come from all eight colleges on campus, and the Department of Philosophy recruits nationally recognized scholars to participate each semester. The Dialogue Series supplements students' instruction, as it allows them to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to controversial issues. Everyone is welcome to attend, and we encourage informal dialogues between faculty, students, and visitors.

Information: Philosophy Dialogue Series


All events held in Comal 116 — the Philosophy Dialogue Room — unless otherwise noted. Dialogue events listed below that reflect the current Common Experience theme are also included on the Common Experience calendar of events.

Fall 2016

Spring 2017


Fall 2016 Philosophy Dialogues

Week One: Conflict

Monday, September 26, 2016
12:30-1:30 p.m.
A Century of Conflict: Dialogues on the U.S. Experience of War since 1917
Ellen Tillman, History, and Margaret Vaverek, Outreach Librarian

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
12:30 p.m.
The Temple of Mars: If War Is Hell, Why Is It Worshipped?
Dialogue Class

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
2:00-3:15 p.m.
Panel Dialogue: Entering the University Experience
Host: Twister Marquiss; Panelists: Blake Holbrook, James Lambert, Jeremy Kennard, Naiha Campos, Nicholas Sterling, Carl Van Aacken

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Can Nonviolence Work Like That Today? Reviewing Highlights from Classic Movements
Honors Nonviolence Class

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
3:30 p.m.
Improving Global Education: Conflicts of Interest
​Trey Brant, Philosophy
Location: Comal 102 · Conference Room

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
3:30 p.m.
San Marcos Public Library Dialogue — War Forum: What It Is Like to Go to War
Philosophy Students and Faculty
Location: San Marcos Public Library, 625 E. Hopkins Street in San Marcos

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Sustainability Dialogue—The Treadmill of Destruction
Chad Smith, Sociology

Thursday, September 29, 2016
2:30 p.m.
Reflections on War & Death
Dialogue Class

Thursday, September 29, 2016
3:30 p.m.
Texas State Authors—The Politics of Everybody
Holly Lewis, Philosophy

Thursday, September 29, 2016
5:00 p.m.
Interrogating Violence & the Common Experience Present The War on Drugs
Including John McKiernan Gonzalez, History, & Chad Smith, Sociology

Friday, September 30, 2016
12:30 p.m.
Talk of the Times
Phi Sigma Tau

Week Two: Healing

Monday, October 3, 2016
2:00 p.m.
Can Traditional Theories of the State Recover from the Anti-Foundationalists’ Challenge?
Philosophy Graduate Students

Monday, October 3, 2016
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Self Love: Learning to Love Yourself through Culture & Identity
Panel Discussion: Pan African Action Committee

Tuesday, October 4, 2016
11:00 a.m.-Noon
The Environmental Costs of the Treadmill of Destruction: Drugs, Militarism, & Deforestation in the Andes
Gregory Hooks, McMaster University

Tuesday, October 4, 2016
12:30 p.m.
Medical Heroism on the Western Front of WWI
Patrick Gonzales and Edward Zeitler, Dialogue Students

Tuesday, October 4, 2016
5:00-6:00 p.m.
Panel Dialogue on Veterans’ Issues
Panelists: Burel Ford, Diandria Donaldson, Jeremy Kennard

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
3:30 p.m.
San Marcos Public Library Dialogue: Healing & Health for Marginalized People
Katherine Rompel, Sociology
Location: San Marcos Public Library, 625 E. Hopkins Street in San Marcos

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Sustainability Dialogue—On Fracking
Dianne Rahm and Billy Fields, Political Science

Thursday, October 6, 2016
12:30 p.m.
Throwing Light on Shadow: Carl Jung on Evil & the Shadow Self
Cesar Bernal and Gary Fields, Dialogue Students 

Thursday, October 6, 2016
2:00 p.m.
Are Social Problems Solved or Healed?
Political Philosophy Students

Thursday, October 6, 2016
3:30 p.m.
Pragmatic Symbols of World Peace in Drawing & Dance
Rebecca Farinas, Philosophy

Friday, October 7, 2016
12:30 p.m.
Talk of the Times
Phi Sigma Tau, Sean Daniel Johnson

Week Three: Remembering & Memorializing

Monday, October 10, 2016
2:00 p.m.
Remembering Social Contract Theory
Philosophy Graduate Students

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
12:30 p.m.
Memorializing War & Conflict Through Music & the Arts
Dialogue Class and Special Guests, Margaret Menninger, History, & John Peterson, Composer of “Shadows & Light,” University of New South Wales, Australia

Tuesday, October, 11, 2016
3:30 p.m.
Boycotting as Public Mourning
Bob Fischer, Philosophy

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
3:30 p.m.
San Marcos Public Library Dialogue—Listening to Mexico: Remembering the Cultural Golden Age
Michael Miller, History
Location: San Marcos Public Library, 625 E. Hopkins Street in San Marcos

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
5:00-6:00 p.m.
Panel Dialogue: Past, Present, & Future • Host: Kunbi Ajiboye
Panelists: Melanie Harris, Blake Holbrook, Patrick Brown

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
6:15-8:15 p.m.
Sustainability Dialogues—Geography & Sustainability: Old Forts & New Amenities in the Southern Plains Urban Agriculture
Jason Julian and Ron Hagelman, Geography

Thursday, October 13, 2016
12:30 p.m.
Land Wars Centennial: The Battle for the National Parks
Kyle Lewis and Thomas Sievers, Dialogue Students 

Thursday, October, 13, 2016
2:00 p.m.
Communitarianism, Communities, & Social Memory
Anderson Isdale, Political Philosophy Student

Thursday, October 13, 2016
3:30 p.m.
Texas State Author Series—Playful Song Called Beautiful
John Blair, English

Friday, October 14, 2016
12:30 p.m.
Talk of the Times
Phi Sigma Tau, Aaron Lewis

Week Four: Justifications & Excuses

Monday, October 17, 2016
2:00 p.m.
Liberalism & the Justification for Restricting Human Freedom
Philosophy Graduate Students

Monday, October 17, 2016
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Speaking Out & Justifying Silence: Conversations We Don’t Have about Race
Panel Discussion: Pan African Action Committee

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
12:30 p.m.
Can War Be Morally Justified?
Joshua Lynch and Matt Ocker, Dialogue Students

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
2:00 p.m.
The Value of Pain: A Critique of Hedonism
Sean Daniel Johnson, Philosophy

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
12:00 p.m.
Film & Panel Discussion: Coaching a Culture to End Domestic Violence
Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center Staff

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
3:30 p.m.
San Marcos Public Library Dialogue—Hiroshima: Exploring Apologies, Excuses, & Justifications
Catherine Hawkins, Social Work
Location: San Marcos Public Library, 625 E. Hopkins Street in San Marcos

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Sustainability Dialogue—Space Settlement & Sustainability
Eli Kanon, Philosophy

Thursday, October 20, 2016
12:30 p.m.
Crimes Against Humanity
Bryant Billue and Nathan Powell, Dialogue Students

Thursday, October 20, 2016
2:00 p.m.
Is the Pluralist Theory of the State Justified?
Political Philosophy Students

Thursday, October 20, 2016
3:30 p.m.
Not Just the Issues! How There’s More to Politics than Policy
Sean Daniel Johnson and Coleen Watson, Philosophy

Thursday, October 20, 2016
7:30 p.m.
The Long Green Revolution: On Successful & Failed Attempts to Feed the World
Raj Patel, University of Texas at Austin

Friday, October 21, 2016
12:30 p.m.
Talk of the Times
Phi Sigma Tau

Friday, October 21, 2016
2:00 p.m.
Work in Progress
Keisha Ray, Philosophy

Week Five: Shakespeare

Monday, October 24, 2016
2:00 p.m.
Shakespeare, Democracy & Elections: Part
Philosophy Graduate Students

Monday, October 24, 2016
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Fake Wokes & Hoteps: Confronting the Anti-Black in Blackness  
Panel Discussion: Pan African Action Committee

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
12:30 p.m.
Bellicose Rhetoric: From Henry V to Iraq
Gus Mauldin and Yasin Yasin, Dialogue Students

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
2:00 p.m.
Shakespeare, Democracy, & Elections: Part II
Political Philosophy Students

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
3:30 p.m.
San Marcos Public Library Dialogue: Intro to Reading Shakespeare
Joe Falocco, English
Location: San Marcos Public Library, 625 E. Hopkins Street in San Marcos

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Sustainability Dialogue
Al Groeger, Biology

Thursday, October 27, 2016
12:30 p.m.
The Art of the Insult: Shakespeare Ad Hominem in Our Argument Culture
Jordan Azcue and Jordan McFeders, Dialogue Students

Friday, October 28, 2016
12:30 p.m.
Talk of the Times
Phi Sigma Tau, Stefan Sanchez

Week Six: Monsters: Enemies, Outsiders & the Other

Monday, October 31, 2016
12:30 p.m.
Monsters Among Us: The Relevance of the Representation of Monsters in the Philosophy of Society
Shaun Bryan Ford, Philosophy

Monday, October 31, 2016
2:00 p.m.
Liberty, Equality, & Fraternity: Where’s the Fraternity? (Part I)
Philosophy Graduate Students

Monday, October 31, 2016
3:30 p.m.
Mind & Body in Superstition & Folklore
Stefan Sanchez, Philosophy

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
11:00 a.m.
Do Occultists Make Good Neighbors? A Talk with a Left-hand Path Magician
Don Webb, Austin Author and Magician

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
12:30 p.m.
Monster Theory
Nick Scott, Dialogue Student

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
2:00 p.m.
Liberty, Equality, & Fraternity: Where’s the Fraternity? (Part II)
Political Philosophy Students

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Would Nonviolence Work Against an Alien Invasion?
Honors Nonviolence Class

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
2:00 p.m.
Sartre’s Lecture on Homosexuality of 1971: A Firsthand Report & Evaluation
Tom Grimes, School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
3:30 p.m.
San Marcos Public Library Dialogue—The Seven Faces of Darkness: Travels on the Left Hand Path
Don Webb, Austin Author and Magician
Location: San Marcos Public Library, 625 E. Hopkins Street in San Marcos

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Sustainability Dialogue—Art & Sustainability
Bug Davidson, Artist & Film/Video Maker

Thursday, November 3, 2016
12:30 p.m.
Empathetic Imagining & the Golden Rule
Jonathan Lollar and Shiniece Owens, Dialogue Students

Thursday, November 3, 2016
2:00 p.m.
Who Is the New “Other”?
Political Philosophy Students

Thursday, November 3, 2016
3:30 p.m.
Texas State Authors: Schooled on Fat
Nicole Taylor, Anthropology

Friday, November 4, 2016
12:30 p.m.
Talk of the Times Phi Sigma Tau
Shaula Rocha

Friday, November 4, 2016
2:00 p.m.
Frenemies: Nietzsche on the Nature & Value of Friendship
Anthony Cross, Philosophy

Week Seven: Democracy & Disagreement

Monday, November 7, 2016
12:30 p.m.
Alexis de Tocqueville on Democracy & Difference
Vince Bagnulo, Notre Dame

Monday, November 7, 2016
2:00 p.m.
Do Majorities Enslave Minorities in Democracies?
Philosophy Graduate Students

Tuesday, November 8, 2016
12:30 p.m.
Will the American Public Please Stand Up?
Eliud De La Cruz and Jacob Woodruff, Dialogue Students

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
12:30 p.m.
The Epistemology of Disagreement
Craig Swartz, Physics

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
3:30 p.m.
San Marcos Public Library Dialogue—Deliberative Democracy & Public Education
Travis Stockton, Philosophy
Location: San Marcos Public Library, 625 E. Hopkins Street in San Marcos

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Sustainability Dialogue—Re-Naturing the City
Craig Hanks, Philosophy and Sustainability Students

Thursday, November 10, 2016
12:30 p.m.
The Case for Deliberative Democracy & Why We Need It
Benjamin Berger and Gaitlin Price, Dialogue Students

Thursday, November 10, 2016
2:00 p.m.
Does Marx Have the Answer to Class Struggle?
Anderson Isdale, Political Philosophy Student

Thursday, November 10, 2016
3:30 p.m.
Texas State Authors—The Jerry Rescue 
Angela Murphy, History

Friday, November 11, 2016
12:30 p.m.
Talk of the Times—Democracy: Better Than the Alternatives?
Phi Sigma Tau, Special Guest: Hunter Chambers, Philosophy, University of the Incarnate Word (Texas State Philosophy Alumnus)

Week Eight: Resolving Dissonance

Monday, November 14, 2016
2:00 p.m.
Disagreement among Marxists about Resolving Social Problems
Philosophy Graduate Students

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
12:30 p.m.
The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War Dialogue Class
Special Guests: Doug Bradley and Craig Werner, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
3:30 p.m.
Bring Back the Draft? The Case for Conscripted Public Service
Travis Stockton and Coleen Watson, Philosophy

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Sustainability Dialogue—Sustainable Agriculture
Nicole Wagner, Agriculture

Thursday, November 17, 2016
12:30 p.m.
Drums & Trumpets: War’s Ancient, Repeating Rhythms
Cole Kyler and Chase Wooldridge, Dialogue Students

Thursday, November 17, 2016
2:00 p.m.
Thanksgiving, Peace Circles, & Communities
Political Philosophy Students

Thursday, November 17, 2016
4:00 p.m.
Film & Discussion: Resolving Religious Conflict 
Chase Wooldridge, Philosophy

Friday, November 18, 2016
12:30 p.m.
Talk of the Times
Phi Sigma Tau, Jonathan Lollar, Shiniece Owens, Nick Scott 

Friday, November 18, 2016
2:00 p.m.
Work in Progress
Anthony Cross, Philosophy


Spring 2017 Philosophy Dialogues

Week Two: Alternatives to Violence, Anger, and Hate

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
12:30 p.m.
Gandhi and King: Exemplars of Nonviolent Protest
Malichi Mersky and Kyle Musselman, Dialogue Students

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
3:30 p.m.
Gandhian Nonviolence and Assumptions of Human Goodness 
Sanjay Lal, Philosophy, Clayton State University
Location: San Marcos Public Library, 625 E. Hopkins St. in San Marcos

Thursday, February 23, 2017
2:00 p.m.
Gandhian Nonviolence and Globalization
Sanjay Lal, Philosophy, Clayton State University
Location: Alkek Teaching Theater

Week Three: Peace Movements

Monday, February 27, 2017
2:00 p.m.
The Temptations of Political Power
Professional Ethics Students

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
12:30 p.m.
Promoting Peace: An Interdisciplinary Panel from Texas State
Catherine Hawkins, Social Work; Patricia Shields, Political Science; Rich Warms, Anthropology

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
3:30 p.m.
Fighting for Peace: William Jennings Bryan, Rosa Luxemburg, and Anti-War Movements
Margaret Menninger and Ellen Tillman, History
Location: San Marcos Public Library, 625 E. Hopkins St. in San Marcos

Thursday, March 2, 2017
12:30 p.m.
Messianic Dreams and American Exceptionalism
Benjamin Berger and Cody Kapocsi, Dialogue Students

Thursday, March 2, 2017
2:00 p.m.
Leaders and Their Obligations
Professional Ethics Students

Thursday, March 2, 2017
3:30 p.m.
Texas State Authors: Jane Addams: Progressive Pioneer of Philosophy, Peace, Social Work, Sociology and Public Administration
Patricia Shields, Political Science

Friday, March 3, 2017
11:00 a.m.
Last Week in the Legislature
Carrie Crisp, Philosophy

Friday, March 3, 2017
12:30 p.m.
Talk of the Times — Surviving Social Disintegration: Jorge Portilla on the Phenomenology of Zozobra
Francisco Gallegos, Georgetown University

Week Four: The Power of Dialogue

Thursday, March 9, 2017
12:30 p.m.
Immigration, Immigrants, and Refugees
Abel Melghem and Brian Onyecherelam, Dialogue Students

Week Seven: Truth and Lies in a Post-Rational Age

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
12:30 p.m.
Fake News, Lies, Alternative Facts, and B.S.: A Philosophical Diagnosis
Daniel Banton and Jose Cando Naranjo, Dialogue Students
 


Talk of the Times, an activity of the American Democracy Project at Texas State University, is a weekly open forum on current events and issues led by members of Phi Sigma Tau, the philosophy honor society.  Co-sponsors of the Philosophy Dialogue Series are American Democracy Project, College of Liberal Arts, Common Experience, Gina Weatherhead Dialogue Fund, Humanities Texas, National Endowment for the Humanities, NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities, Phi Sigma Tau, Domino’s Pizza, University Seminar, New York Times, Honors College, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Vice President for Student Affairs.

If you require an accommodation due to a disability, contact the Department of Philosophy at 512.245.2285.  Accommodation requests should be made at least 72 hours in advance of the program start time to ensure availability.

For further information about the Philosophy Dialogue Series, contact the Department of Philosophy at 512.245.2285.