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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: Principled Politics: An Oxymoron?
 

Monday, February 12, 2018 
2 p.m., Comal 116
Challenges to Academic Freedom
Vince Luizzi (Interim Director of Equity and Access and Title IX Coordinator)

 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
Lincoln’s Principled Pragmatism
Jo Ann Carson (Philosophy) & Dialogue Class

 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
4:30 p.m., San Marcos Public Library
When Lincoln Met Euclid
Gary Taylor (Musician and Mathematician)

 

Thursday, February 15, 2018
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
The Two Faces of Machiavelli
Sean Barrick (Dialogue Student)

 

Friday, February 16, 2018
11 a.m., Comal 116
The Political Pulse
Carrie Crisp & Jenn Garcia (Philosophy)

 

Friday, February 16, 2018
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
Talk of the Times
Phi Sigma Tau
 

Week Two: Social Justice and Education

Monday, February 19, 2018
5:15-7:15 p.m., Comal 116
Women in Prison: Film screening and discussion of The Grey Area 
Rebecca Farinas (Philosophy); Shannon FitzPatrick (Attorney for Students);Christine Sellars (Criminal Justice)

 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
Women and Incarceration
Dialogue Class with special guest: Christine Sellars (Criminal Justice)

 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
4:30 p.m., San Marcos Public Library
Music Inside the Walls: Texas Prison Bands
Caroline Gnagy (Austin musician and author of Texas Jailhouse Music: A Prison Band History)

 

Thursday, February 22, 2018
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
Why Social Justice Requires Public Education
Audrey Alberthanl & Rachel Phillips (Dialogue Students)
 

Friday, February 23, 2018
11 a.m., Comal 116
The Political Pulse
Carrie Crisp & Jenn Garcia (Philosophy)


Week Three: Beyond Vengeance and Retribution

Monday, February 26, 2018
3:30 p.m., Comal 116
Robot-monks, Animations, and Digital Temples: Chinese Buddhism’s Technological Revolution
Courtney Bruntz

 

Monday, February 26, 2018
3:30 p.m., Flowers Hall 112
The Acorn 2nd Annual Symposium Dialogues#
Haiti, Birthplace of Democracy: Reflections on CLR James
Africana Philosophy Class
Skyller Walkes

 

Monday, February 26, 2018
6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Comal 116
The Morality of Prisons
Phi Sigma Tau Open Discussion

 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
Pillars and Principles of Restorative Justice
Abigail Smith & Edu Tellez (Dialogue Students) 

 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
2 p.m., Comal 116
The Evolution of Retribution
Isaac Wiegman (Philosophy)

 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
2 p.m., Alkek 250
The Acorn 2nd Annual Symposium Dialogues#
Developing Nonviolent Options for Youth
Ethics and Society Class
Hart Viges, Nonviolent Options for Youth (NOY)

 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
3:30 p.m., Comal 116
The Acorn 2nd Annual Symposium Dialogues#
Dialogue with Hart Viges, Veteran for Peace
Hart Viges, Nonviolent Options for Youth (NOY)

 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
2 p.m., Comal 116
The Acorn 2nd Annual Symposium Dialogues Gandhi#
History of Religion in India Class
Leah Renold (History)

 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
3:30 p.m., Comal 116
The Acorn 2nd Annual Symposium Dialogues#
How Black Lives Mattered to Gandhi
Africana Philosophy Class with special guest:
Gail Presbey (Philosophy, Univ. of Detroit-Mercy)

 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
4:30 p.m., San Marcos Public Library
The Acorn 2nd Annual Symposium Dialogues#:
“Illinois Speaks” - My Work with a Statewide Dialogue Program
Nicoletta Ruane (Philosophy, Loyola Univ. Chicago)

 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
5 p.m., Comal 116
The Acorn 2nd Annual Symposium Dialogues#
Celebrating Haitian Philosophy and Culture
Africana Philosophy Class
Caribbean Students Association

 

Thursday, March 1, 2018
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
The Acorn 2nd Annual Symposium Dialogues#
Philosophical Reflections on the Meaning and Value of “Illinois Speaks”
Dialogue Class with special guest:
Nicoletta Ruane (Philosophy, Loyola Univ. Chicago)

 

Thursday, March 1, 2018
2 p.m., Alkek 250
The Acorn 2nd Annual Symposium Dialogues#
Women’s Nonviolent Activism in South Africa
Ethics and Society Class
Gail Presbey (Philosophy, Univ. of Detroit-Mercy)

 

Friday, March 2, 2018
11 a.m., Comal 116
The Political Pulse
Carrie Crisp & Jenn Garcia (Philosophy)

 

Friday, March 2, 2018
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
Talk of the Times
Phi Sigma Tau

 

Week Four: A Nation of Immigrants
 

Monday, March 5, 2018
2 p.m., Comal 116
A Moral and Pragmatic Argument for the Fate of the Dreamers
Robert O’Connor (Philosophy)

 

Monday, March 5, 2018
6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Comal 116
Refugees and the Ethics of Human Rights
Phi Sigma Tau Open Discussion

 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
Searching for a Just Immigration Policy
Hunter Mabee & Katlin Woods
 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
4:30 p.m., San Marcos Public Library
Deliberative Dialogue #:
Coming to America: Who Should We Welcome, What Should We Do?
Group Leaders: Texas State Philosophy Faculty and Applied Ethics Students

 

Thursday, March 8, 2018
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
Deliberative Dialogue on Immigration#
Dialogue Class 
 

Friday, March 9, 2018
11 a.m., Comal 116
The Political Pulse
Carrie Crisp & Jenn Garcia (Philosophy)

 

Friday, March 9, 2018
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
Talk of the Times
Phi Sigma Tau

 

Week Five: The Construction of Social Reality

Monday, March 19, 2018
2 p.m., Comal 116
Spirit House Sculptures: Remembering the Dead with “Spirit Antennas”
Ben Livingston (Austin based neon light sculptor)

 

Monday, March 19. 2018
3:30 p.m., Comal 116
Science Fiction and Dystopia:  Reflections on A Canticle for Leibowitz
Paul Wilson (Philosophy) & the Philosophy and Science Fiction Class with special guest: Al Armstrong (U.S. Army Sergeant, 1969-1971)

 

Monday, March 19, 2018
6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Comal 116
What Kind of Reality Should We Be Constructing?
Phi Sigma Tau Open Discussion

 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
Panel Discussion: Are Race and Gender Real?
Panelists: Holly Lewis & Isaac Wiegman (Philosophy); Sara Damiano (History)

 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
3:30 p.m., Comal 116
Panel Discussion: The Role of Conspiracy Theory in Social Reality
Eli Kanon (Philosophy) & Philosophy of Conspiracy Class
 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
1 p.m., Comal 116
Language and Cognition
Craig Swartz (Physics)

 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
4:30 p.m., San Marcos Public Library
Introducing Critical Race Theory
Lori Gallegos de Castillo (Philosophy)

 

Thursday, March 22, 2018
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
Ontological Realism and Epistemic Relativity
Taylor Carr & Greg Holland (Dialogue Students)

 

Thursday, March 22, 2018
2 p.m., Comal 116
Meaningful Work
Craig Hanks & Professional Ethics Class

 

Friday, March 23, 2018
11 a.m., Comal 116
The Political Pulse
Carrie Crisp & Jenn Garcia (Philosophy)

 

Friday, March 23, 2018
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
Talk of the Times
Phi Sigma Tau

 

Week Six: Ecological Justice

Monday, March 26, 2018
2 p.m., Comal 116
Learning in the Wild: Nature Education and Ecological Justice
Justin Williams (Philosophy) & Environmental Ethics Class with special guest: Thomas Sievers (Philosophy Alumnus, MAAPE)

 

Monday, March 26, 2018
6 p.m., Comal 116
Intersectional Justice Dialogues: Intersectional Activism on Campus
Yunuen Alvarado, USAC SCOPE
Russell Boyd II, NAACP, Talented Tenth Project
Isavel Esparza, USAC, SCOPE
Lonvis Naulls, NAACP, Alpha Phi Alpha
Deanna Spearman, NAACP
Amairany Villa, Sigma Lambda Gamma, Multicultural Greek Council
Skyller Walkes, ODS, Calaboose Museum, Alliance TXST, Centro Cultural Hispano

 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
The Challenge of Sustainable Development
Dialogue Class with special guests:
John David Carson & Sarah Simpson
(Colorspace Architecture and Urban Design)

 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
4:30 p.m., San Marcos Public Library
Linking Ecology and Ethics: How rivers and birds can inform our understanding of ecology
Justin Williams (Philosophy)

 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Evening, LBJ Student Center room
Nikki Giovanni: Poet, Educator, Activist #
Nikki Giovanni, University Distinguished Professor, Virginia Tech University

 

Thursday, March 29, 2018
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
Philosophy and Environmental Thought
Alejandro Cado & Dominique Moraczewski (Dialogue Students)
 

Friday, March 30, 2018
11 a.m., Comal 116
The Political Pulse
Carrie Crisp & Jenn Garcia (Philosophy)

 

Friday, March 30, 2018
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
Talk of the Times
Phi Sigma Tau

 

Week Seven: Democracy and Anarchy

Monday, April 2, 2018
6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Comal 116
Are Democracy and Anarchy Incompatible?
Phi Sigma Tau Open Discussion

 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
10 a.m., Comal 116
A Genealogy of Anarchy: Its Origins and Progeny
Hunter Chambers (Philosophy, St. Mary’s University, Texas State Alumnus)

 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
Does Democracy Need a Touch of Anarchy?
Raul Garcia & Declan Ward (Dialogue Students)

 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
4:30 p.m., San Marcos Public Library
On Anarchy and Anarchists
Jo Ann Carson (Philosophy)

 

Thursday, April 5, 2018
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
Anarchist Themes in Ursula Le Guin’s The Dispossessed
Dialogue Class

 

Friday, April 6, 2018
11 a.m., Comal 116
The Political Pulse
Carrie Crisp & Jenn Garcia (Philosophy)

 

Friday, April 6, 2018
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
Talk of the Times
Phi Sigma Tau

 

Week Eight: Violence

Monday, April 9, 2018
3:30 p.m., Comal 116
Sexual Misconduct and Violence on Campus
Vince Luizzi (Interim Director of Access & Equity and Title IX Coordinator)

 

Monday, April 9, 2018
2 p.m., Comal 116
Jane Addams on Violence
Rebecca Farinas (Philosophy)

 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
Our Better Angels: Can Humans Evolve Beyond Violence?
Jessica Berry & Kaylin Garcia (Dialogue Students)

 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
4:30 p.m., San Marcos Public Library
Community Deliberative Dialogue#:
How Should We Prevent Mass Shootings in Our Community?
Group Leaders: Texas State Philosophy Faculty and Applied Ethics Students

 

Thursday, April 12, 2018
12:30 p.m., Comal 116
Deliberative Dialogue: Gun Violence and Gun Rights
Dialogue Class

 

Friday, April 13, 2018
11 a.m., Comal 116
The Political Pulse
Carrie Crisp & Jenn Garcia (Philosophy)

 

Friday, April 13, 2018
Afternoon, Comal 116
21st Annual Philosophy Student Symposium
Phi Sigma Tau

# co-sponsored by #justicetalktxst

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

To continue conversations about these dialogue topics please download Philosophy Mixed Podcasts from KTSW.

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.
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