A program of as many as 40 presentations each semester, this unique series of lectures, interactive presentations, and discussions, is held in the Dialogue Room (DERR 111).
Philosophy faculty and majors select weekly topics such as The Global Village, Aesthetics and Athletics, Patriotism and Democracy, Passion, Animal Consciousness, and Time Travel, to name a few.
For over twelve years, the series has provided a forum for the lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas. This series has grown from a few presentations a month during long semesters to four or five each week during most of the fall and spring semesters and during one summer session.
Faculty and student presenters come from all eight Colleges on campus, and the Department recruits nationally recognized scholars, including Antony Flew, Richard Swinburne, Parker Palmer, Lisa Newton, and David Luban, to participate each semester. Everyone is welcome to attend, and we encourage informal dialogues between faculty, students, and visitors.
The Department of Philosophy teaches some 2500 introductory students each fall and spring semester. The Dialogue Series supplements their instruction, as it allows them to apply their classroom study of the principles of good thinking and ethical conduct to such controversial issues as euthanasia, stem cell research, and capital punishment. The series is also connected with a course, “Dialogue: Theory and Practice,” which is offered at both the undergraduate and graduate level.