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Philosophy Dialogue Series considers ‘Freedom of the Press’

By Paige Wilkerson
University News Service
February 29, 2012

The Texas State University-San Marcos Department of Philosophy presents a series of themed dialogue events taking place March 5-9. Unless noted otherwise, all dialogue events are held in the room 132 of the Psychology Building on campus. All dialogues are free and open to the public.

The discussion topic for Week 4 of the Philosophy Dialogue Series is Freedom of the Press: Old and New Media.

March 5
Media and the Muslim World
12 p.m., Parish Conkling, philosophy

March 6
The Challenge of New Media
12:30 p.m., Ryan Pierce and Sam Sohmer, philosophy students

March 7
Conservative and Liberal Biases in the Media
10 a.m., Paul Wilson, philosophy

March 8
Social and Political Implications of the New Media
1 p.m., Jeremy Littau, professor at LeHigh University

March 9
Talk of the Times
1 p.m., led by Phi Sigma Tau

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

For more information about this topic, contact Beverly Pairett in the Department of Philosophy at (512) 245-2285 or email A complete schedule of discussion topics and presentations can be found at