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Philosophy Dialogue Series examines democracy

By T.C. Sprencel
University News Service
September 10, 2010

The Philosophy Dialogue Series at Texas State University-San Marcos will focus on dialogue and democracy as its discussion theme for the week of Sept. 20-24. All events are held in room 132 in the Psychology Building on campus unless otherwise noted. Events are free and open to the public. Presentations and discussions for the week will cover the following issues: 

Monday, Sept. 20, 12 p.m.
Dialogue Series 15-year Anniversary
MAAPE Celebration — Lunch Reception
Dialogue: Role of Dialogue in a Democracy
Former senator and U.S. ambassador Robert Krueger

Tuesday, Sept. 21, 12:30 p.m.
Democracy and Civil Discourse
Sophists and Sages
Philosophy dialogue class members

Wednesday, Sept. 22, 12:30 p.m.
Dialogue, Leadership and Professional Ethics
Vince Luizzi (Philosophy)

Thursday, Sept. 23, 11 a.m.
Panel Discussion (co-sponsored by Philosophy and Art & Design): Equilibrium: Body as Site
Location: The Gallery at the Joann Cole Mitte building
Kate Bonansinga, Rachelle Thiewes (curators) and April Wood (participating artist)

Thursday, Sept. 23, 12:30 p.m.
Revolutionaries on the Quad
Sophists and Sages

Friday, Sept. 24, 12:30 p.m.
Talk of the Times (focus on the press, news media and democracy)
Open Forum
Special Guests: Allen Reed (editor, University Star), Melanie Ferrari (ASG president) and Colter Ray (ASG vice president)

Friday, Sept. 24, 1:30 p.m.
A Mosque at Ground Zero? Pro and Con
Moaaz Khan (Philosophy student)

Co-sponsors of the Philosophy Dialogue Series include: American Democracy Project, College of Liberal Arts, Common Experience, Gina Weatherhead Dialogue Fund, the New York Times, National Endowment for the Humanities, Phi Sigma Tau, University Seminar, University Honors Program, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Vice President for Student Affairs.

For additional information please contact Beverly Pairett in the Department of Philosophy at (512) 245-2285, or via email: A complete schedule of discussion topics and presentations can be found at