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Philosophy Dialogue Series considers ‘Role of a University in Democratic Society’

By Paige Wilkerson
University News Service
March 7, 2012

The Texas State University-San Marcos Department of Philosophy presents a series of themed dialogue events taking place from March 20-23. Unless noted otherwise, all dialogue events are held in the Dialogue Room 132 at the Psychology Building. All dialogues are free and open to the public.

The discussion topic for Week 5 of the Philosophy Dialogue Series is The Role of a University in a Democratic Society.

March 20

Are Universities Suffering from Mission Drift?
12:30 p.m., Ian Loyd and Chad Miller, philosophy students

March 21 

Education and Democracy
11 a.m., Anthony Stephenson, philosophy

March 21 

Panel Discussion: The Role of a University in a Democratic Society
12:30 p.m., Ivan Marquez (moderator), philosophy

March 22 

How “Corporate Reforms” are Undermining Universities and Democracy
12:30 p.m., Jo Ann Carlson, philosophy and Cody Chumbley, philosophy student

March 22
Why Democracy Needs the Humanities
3:30 p.m., Annalisa Turner, philosophy student

March 23
Sustainability Dialogues
10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Dianne Rahm, political science

March 23
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, please 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