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Dialogue Schedule

Philosophy Dialogue Series

“... our material progress is only the foundation on which we will build a richer life of mind and spirit” – LBJ (Texas State Alumnus, ’30)

Week One: Searching for Justice

Monday, September 11, 2017
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
The Search for Justice: Our Response to Crime in the 21st Century
Twister Marquiss (Common Experience Director); Erika Nielson (Common Reading Coordinator); Shannon FitzPatrick (Attorney for Students); Joe Topinka (Health Professions)


Tuesday, September 12, 2017
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
Varying Conceptions of Justice
Jo Ann Carson (Philosophy) & Dialogue Class

 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
11:00 a.m., Comal 116
The Death Penalty: An Unjust Practice?
Thomas Hunter Chambers (Texas State Philosophy Alumnus), University of the Incarnate Word


Wednesday, September 13, 2017
4:30 p.m., San Marcos Public Library
The Human Story of Justice and Peace
Jose-Antonio Orosco (Philosophy), Oregon State University, author of Toppling the Melting Pot

 

Thursday, September 14, 2017
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
Are Justice and Mercy Incompatible?
Dialogue Class

 

Thursday, September 14, 2017
3:30 p.m., Comal 116
Toppling the Melting Pot: Building Multicultural Democracy in the US
Honors Nonviolence Class, Jose-Antonio Orosco (Philosophy), Oregon State University, author of Toppling the Melting Pot

 

Friday, September 15, 2017
11:00 a.m., Comal 116
Keeping Up with Congress
Vaughn Baltzly, Carrie Crisp, & Jenn Garcia (Philosophy)
 

Friday, September 15, 2017
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
Talk of the Times
Phi Sigma Tau

 

Friday, September 15, 2017
2 p.m., Comal 116
Work in Progress
Vincent Luizzi (Philosophy)

 

Week Two: Constitution Week

Monday, September 18, 2017
10 a.m. – 3p.m.., Comal 116
Celebrating the Constitution 1787-2017
Jo Ann Carson (Philosophy), Carrie Crisp (Philosophy),
Joseph Laycock (Religious Studies), Craig Swartz (Physics), and others

 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
Academic Freedom and the Living Constitution
Dialogue Class

 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
7:30 p.m., Alkek 250
The Positive Liberty of Speech
James R. Stoner, Jr. (Political Science), Louisiana State University

 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
2 p.m., Alkek
Film Screening and Discussion of The Great Dictator
Natasha Mikles (Philosophy)

 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
4:30 p.m., San Marcos Public Library
Military and Absentee Voting
Donald S. Inbody (Political Science), author of The Soldier Vote:  War, Politics, and the Ballot in America

 

Thursday, September 21, 2017
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
Constitution 3.0: The Future of Privacy and Free Speech in the Age of the Internet
Dialogue Class

 

Thursday, September 21, 2017
3:30 p.m., Comal 116
The Acorn Symposium Dialogue, International Day of Peace: Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All
Honors Nonviolence Class
Rebecca Montgomery (History); Greg Moses (Philosophy);
Leah Renold (History); Patricia Shields (Political Science)

 

Friday, September 22, 2017
11 a.m., Comal 116
Keeping Up with Congress
Vaughn Baltzly, Carrie Crisp, & Jenn Garcia (Philosophy)

 

Friday, September 22, 2017
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
Talk of the Times
Phi Sigma Tau

Week Three: Ancient Ethics

Monday, September 25, 2017
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
What Is Ancient Ethics?
Alejandro Bárcenas (Philosophy)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
Epicureans, Stoics, and Skeptics on Happiness
Dialogue Class


Tuesday, September 26, 2017
2 p.m., Comal 116
Texas Vietnam Vets: Their Sacrifices & Their Legacy
Robert Floyd (Lobbyist & Texas State Alum)

 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
3:30 p.m., Comal 116
Nietzsche’s Genealogy of Justice
Amelie Benedikt (Philosophy)

 

Wednesday, September 28, 2017
4:30 p.m., San Marcos Public Library
Ancient Christian Martyrs: Divine Deliverance from Pain
L. Stephanie Cobb (Religious Studies), University of Richmond, author of Divine Deliverance: Pain and Painlessness in Early Christian Martyr Texts

 

Thursday, September 28, 2017
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
Cosmic Justice and Natural Law
Dialogue Class

 

Thursday, September 28, 2017
4 p.m., Comal 116
Ancient Germanic Ethics: A Contemporary Perspective
Stefan Sanchez (Philosophy)

 

Friday, September 29, 2017
11 a.m., Comal 116
Keeping Up with Congress
Carrie Crisp (Philosophy)

 

Friday, September 29, 2017
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
Talk of the Times
Phi Sigma Tau

 

Week Four: Restorative Justice

Monday, October 2, 2017
2 p.m., Comal 116
The State of Environmental Ethics During the Cold War
Gökser Gökçay (History), Visiting Fulbright Scholar

 

Monday, October 2, 2017
5 p.m., Comal 116
Media Literacy, Objectivity, and Restorative Justice
Paul Wilson (Philosophy)

 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
When the Moral Sphere is Broken
Dialogue Class

 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
2 p.m., Comal 116
State, Market and Individual in the Cold War
Gökser Gökçay (History), Visiting Fulbright Scholar

 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
2 p.m., Comal 116
Nature as Victim
Sustainability Students

 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
4:30 p.m., San Marcos Public Library
Can Restorative Justice Be Applied to (Crimes against) the Environment?
Vincent Luizzi, Philosophy

 

Thursday, October 5, 2017
2 p.m., Comal 116
Crimes against the Environment
Environment Ethics Students

 

Thursday, October 5, 2017
3:30 p.m., Comal 116
De-Escalation for Activists: How to Handle Insults and Threats
Val Liveoak, Alternatives to Violence Project
Honors Nonviolence Class

 

Friday, October 6, 2017
11 a.m., Comal 116
Keeping Up with Congress
Carrie Crisp (Philosophy)

 

Friday, October 6, 2017
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
Talk of the Times
Phi Sigma Tau

 

Week Five: Meaningful Lives

Monday, October 9, 2017
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
Death and the Meaning of Life: An Irresolvable Dilemma
Jeffrey Gordon (Philosophy)

 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
11 a.m., Comal 116
Shaking Hands with Yourself
Mike Wilson (Wood/Steel Sculptor and Custom Furniture Designer)

 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
The Will to Meaning: Viktor Frankl’s Case for a Tragic Optimism
Dialogue Class

 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
5 p.m., Comal 116
Film Screening and Discussion of Grave Injustice
Panel TBA

 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
7 p.m., Evans Auditorium
Infinite Hope: How Wrongful Conviction, Solitary Confinement and 12 Years on Death Row Failed to Kill My Soul (Book forthcoming)
Anthony Graves

 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
4:30 p.m., San Marcos Public Library
Do We Know What We’re Talking about When We Talk about the
Meaning of Life?

Jeffrey Gordon (Philosophy)

 

Thursday, October 12, 2017
9:30 a.m., Comal 116
Far from Home: Out-of-State College Students’ Search for Meaning and Identity
Kelly Gourluck (Sociology Graduate Student)

 

Thursday, October 12, 2017
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
A Psychoanalyst and a Philosopher Walk into a Dialogue about the Meaning of Life
Dialogue Class with Special Guest: Wynette Barton (Jungian Psychoanalyst), interviewed by Jeffrey Gordon (Philosophy)

 

Thursday, October 12, 2017
4 p.m., Comal 116
Expanding the Meaning of “The Meaning of Life”
Stefan Sanchez (Philosophy)

 

Friday, October 13, 2017
11 a.m., Comal 116
Keeping Up with Congress
Vaughn Baltzly, Carrie Crisp, & Jenn Garcia (Philosophy)

 

Friday, October 13, 2017
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
Talk of the Times
Phi Sigma Tau

 

Friday, October 13, 2017
2 p.m., Comal 116
Work in Progress
Abe Graber (UT San Antonio)

 

Week Six: Democracy and Disagreement

 

Monday, October 16, 2017
11 a.m., Comal 116
Black Lives/Blue Lives/All Lives:
A Law Enforcement Officer on Race Relations
Mark Graves (Deputy Constable, Hays County)

 

Monday, October 16, 2017
2 p.m., Comal 116
Amelioration or Accommodation?  Two Understandings of Politics in the Face of Deep Disagreement
Vaughn Baltzly (Philosophy)

 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
Why Rational Disagreement is Essential to Democracy
Dialogue Class

 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
4:30 p.m., San Marcos Public Library
Alexis de Tocqueville on What Makes a Democracy Great
Vince Bagnulo (Political Science), Notre Dame

 

Thursday, October 19, 2017
11 a.m., Comal 116
Caring Democracy
Lijun Yuan (Philosophy) and Ethics of Care Honors Class

 

Thursday, October 19, 2017
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
Compromise: Abandonment of Principle or Necessary Principle?
Dialogue Class

 

Thursday, October 19, 2017
3:30 p.m., Comal 116
Nonviolent Resistance in the 20th Century
Honors Nonviolence Class

 

Friday, October 20, 2017
10 a.m. - 3 p.m., LBJ Student Center
2nd Annual Space Settlement Symposium
Organizer: Eli Kanon (Philosophy)
For details see here

 

Friday, October 20, 2017
11 a.m., Comal 116
Keeping Up with Congress
Vaughn Baltzly, Carrie Crisp, & Jenn Garcia (Philosophy)

 

Week Seven: Hidden Histories

Monday, October 23, 2017
2 p.m., Comal 116
Martin Luther and the Reformation
James Bouzard (Director, Christ Chapel at Texas State)

 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
Statutes and Statues: The Hidden History of Jim Crow and Confederate
Monuments
Dialogue Class

 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
2 p.m., Comal 116
Seeking the Ethics of the Machine Decision Makers
Sean Guillory (Philosophy)


Wednesday, October 25, 2017
4:30 p.m., San Marcos Public Library
The Roots of Texas Prisons:  From Slavery to Mass Incarceration

Shannon FitzPatrick (Attorney for Students)

 

Thursday, October 26, 2017
11 a.m., Comal 116
Spiritual Dissent in the Postmodern World: Or How to be Revolting When
No One Cares
Don Webb (Austin Novelist and Magician)


Thursday, October 26, 2017
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
Music Inside: Prison Bands in Texas
Dialogue Class with Special Guests
Margaret Menninger (History) and Caroline Gnagy, author of Texas Jailhouse Music: A Prison Band History


Friday, October 27, 2017
11 a.m., Comal 116
Keeping Up with Congress
Vaughn Baltzly, Carrie Crisp, & Jenn Garcia (Philosophy)


Friday, October 27, 2017
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
Talk of the Times
Phi Sigma Tau

Week Eight: Deliberative Dialogue

Monday, October 30, 2017
12 p.m., Comal 116
Where Copyright and Academic Freedom Meet
Stephanie Towery (Copyright Officer)


Tuesday, October 31, 2017
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
Good-bye Reason, Hello Monsters
Dialogue Class


Tuesday, October 31, 2017
4 p.m., Comal 116
Encountering Ghosts: The Supernatural and the Self
Stefan Sanchez (Philosophy)


Wednesday, November 1, 2017
12:30 p.m., CENT 157
Deliberative Dialogue and Democracy
John (Jay) Theis (Director of the Center for Civic Engagement, Lone Star College)

 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
4:30 p.m., San Marcos Public Library
Deliberative Dialogue on the Question: Safety and Justice: How Should
Communities Reduce Violence?

Moderator: John (Jay) Theis (Director of the Center for Civic Engagement, Lone Star College) Group Leaders: Craig Hanks (Philosophy); Emily Hanks (Political Science); Jo Ann Carson (Philosophy); Law Enforcement Personnel and Community Activists

 

Thursday, November 2, 2017
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
Workshop: Leading Deliberative Dialogues on Difficult Questions
Dialogue Class with Special Guest John (Jay) Theis (Director of the
Center for Civic Engagement, Lone Star College)

 

Friday, November 3, 2017
11 a.m., Comal 116
Keeping Up with Congress
Vaughn Baltzly, Carrie Crisp, & Jenn Garcia (Philosophy)

 

Friday, November 3, 2017
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
Talk of the Times
Phi Sigma Tau

Week Nine: The Military

Monday, November 6, 2017
2 p.m., Comal 116
Connections with the Environment & Beyond
Viktoria Pierce (Family & Systemic Constellations)


Monday, November 6, 2017
5 p.m., Comal 116
Mock Ethics Bowl Competition
Texas State Ethics Bowl Team

 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
2 p.m., Comal 116
Environmental Ethics & the Military
Environmental Ethics Students

 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
3:30 p.m., Comal 116
Texas Sate Author Series The Soldier Vote
Donald S. Inbody (Political Science)

 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
5 p.m., Comal 116
Immigration Injustice:  Deporting Veterans
Hector Ramirez-Vasquez (Pres., Student Community for Progressive Empowerment)

 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
Veterans Court: An Exercise in Rehabilitative Justice
Kama Davis (Attorney for Students); Carl Van Aacken (Veteran and Professor); Wes Mau (District Attorney); David Glickler (Judge); Brenda Jarden-Holter (Attorney)

 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
4:30 p.m., San Marcos Public Library
The Tet Offensive Conundrum: A Panel Discussion with Vietnam Veterans
Moderator: Paul Wilson (Philosophy)
Al Armstrong, U.S. Army, Sergeant, 1969-71;
Alan Kolby, U. S. Army, Sergeant (E-5), 1969-70

 

Thursday, November 9, 2017
5 p.m., Comal 116
Mock Ethics Bowl Competition
Texas State Ethics Bowl Team

 

Friday, November 10, 2017
2 p.m., FH 230
Africana Philosophy as Prolegomenon to Any Future American Philosophy
Amir Jaima (Philosophy), Texas A&M

 

Talk of the Times, an activity of the American Democracy Project at Texas State, is a weekly open forum on current events and issues led by members of Phi Sigma Tau, the philosophy honor society. 

 

The Acorn Symposium Dialogue is co-sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, the Philosophy Dialogue Series, and The Acorn: Philosophical Studies in Pacifism and Nonviolence.

 

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, 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. San Marcos Public Library, 625 E. Hopkins St. San Marcos, Texas 78666