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Dialogue Schedule Fall 2019

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)

Please Note: all events occur in the Philosophy Dialogue room/Comal 116 unless otherwise indicated

Week I: Tracing Darwin’s Path

Monday, September 23, 2019 2:00 p.m. Hiking to the Symbiocence Mike Wilson (Texas State Alumnus & Austin Lawyer)
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 12:30 p.m. Panel: Darwin’s Legacy Ricardo Rozzi (University of North Texas); Justin Williams (Philosophy); Ryan Spencer (Research Coordinator, Meadows Center for Water and the Environment)
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 2:00 p.m. Darwin and Cape Horn: Implications for a Biocultural Ethics Today Ricardo Rozzi (Philosophy & Religion/Biological Sciences, University of North Texas)
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 ** 3:30 p.m. Are We Evolving Yet? 3rd Annual Acorn Fall Symposium in Honor of the UN International Day of Peace: Scholarship on War and Peace Patricia Shields (Political Science) editor of Armed Forces and Society, Greg Moses (Philosophy) editor of The Acorn: Philosophical Studies in Pacifism and Nonviolence, Rebecca Montgomery (History) Honors Nonviolence Class
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 5:00 p.m. Evolution and Difference Phi Sigma Tau Sean Daniel Johnson (Philosophy)
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 Meadows Center 10:00 a.m. Mindfulness and Environmental Ethics Rob Dussler (Education Director, Meadows Center for Water and the Environment)
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 Meadows Center 11:00-11:30 11:30-12:00 Glass Bottom Boat Rides Wetlands Walk Meadows Center Staff
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 The Discovery Center 430 Riverside Drive 2:00-
3:30 p.m.
Field Biocultural Conservation Workshop: Presentations of Student Research Environmental Ethics Students from Texas State and the University of North Texas
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 San Marcos Public Library 625 E. Hopkins St. 4:30 p.m. Tracing Darwin’s Path in Cape Horn Ricardo Rozzi (Philosophy & Religion/Biological Sciences, University of North Texas)
Thursday, September 26, 2019 12:30 p.m. Evolution and Truth Dialogue Class
Thursday, September 26, 2019 3:30 p.m. Evolution and Love Olga Gerhart (Philosophy), Greg Moses (Philosophy), Honors Nonviolence Class
Thursday, September 26, 2019 6:00-
9:00 p.m.
A Sketch of a Decolonial Environmentalism: Challenging the Colonial Conception of Nature through the Biocultural Perspective Guest Scholar: Lori Gallegos (Philosophy, Texas State) with the UNT Biocultural Conservation Class via Zoom
Friday, September 27, 2019 1:30 p.m. Talk of the Times Phi Sigma Tau
Friday, September 27, 2019
Alkek 250
3:00-
5:00 p.m.
Space Settlement Symposium:
On Becoming Homo Ex-Terra

Dr. Scott Solomon, author of Future Humans; Dr. Jennifer Fogarty, NASA Human Research Program; Dr. Bob McLean, author of ‘Microbial Survival Mechanism of Relevance to Panspermia’; Dr. Eli Kanon, Space Settlement Symposium Coordinator

Week II: Philosophers on Truth

Monday, September 30, 2019 3:30 p.m. Scientific Truth Burkay Ozturk (Philosophy) & Philosophy of Science Class
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 12:30 p.m. Three Philosophical Theories of Truth: Correspondence, Coherence, Pragmatism Dialogue Class
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

5:00 p.m.

Tau Talks: A Discussion of Gandhi’s Satyagraha or ‘Truth Force’ in Commemoration of his 150th Birthday Phi Sigma Tau Greg Moses (Philosophy)

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 2:00 p.m. Work-Life-Study Balance of a Mexican University Champion Athlete William Brant (Ethical Conflict Consulting) and David Camacho (University of Guadalajara)
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 San Marcos Public Library 4:30 p.m.

Truth, Knowledge, and Skepticism Peter Hutcheson (Philosophy)
Thursday, October 3, 2019 12:30 p.m. Aristotle on Honesty and Virtue James Attwood & Joventino Villa (Dialogue Students)
Thursday, October 3, 2019 2:00 p.m.

Texas State Authors Series: Beyond Legal Minds: Sex, Social Violence, Systems, Methods,Possibilities William Brant (Texas State Philosophy Alumus / Ethical Conflict Consulting)
Thursday, October 3, 2019 ** 3:30 p.m. Practicing Gandhi’s Truth Today Val Liveoak, Alternatives to Violence Project Honors Nonviolence Class
Friday, October 4, 2019 1:30 p.m. Talk of the Times: Truth and Humanity, Truth vs. Humanity Phi Sigma Tau Special Guest: Stefan Sanchez (TXST PHIL Alumnus)

Week III: Philosophers on Truth continued

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 12:30 p.m. This Sentence is False: The Liar Paradox and Capital ‘T’ Truth Dialogue Class Special Guest: Jonathan Surovell (Philosophy)
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 ** 3:30 p.m. Reporting Back from the Women4Peace Initiative in Colombia, funded by 100,000 Strong in the Americas Dr. Christine Norton, LCSW (Social Work) Honors Nonviolence Class
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 5:00 p.m. Fine-Tuning and You Jake Rhodes, Philosophy Graduate Student
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 ** 11:00 a.m. Honor Your Truths: Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Social Justice Ryan Sallans (Author and Advocate for Transgender Rights)
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 San Marcos Public Library 4:30 p.m. Seeking Truth, Living with Doubt Jo Ann Carson (Philosophy)
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 Alkek Library Teaching Theater ** 7:00-
9:00 p.m.
Scouting the Unknown Ryan Sallans (Author and Advocate for Transgender Rights)
Thursday, October 10, 2019 ** 11:00 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. The Langston Hughes Project Dr. Ron McCurdy (University of Southern California) & The Langston Hughes Project
Thursday, October 10, 2019

12:30 p.m. The Ethics of Belief: Clifford vs. James on Reason, Faith, and Evidence Matthew Henderson & David Yanez (Dialogue Students)

Thursday, October 10, 2019 4:00 p.m. . Texas State Authors: Confucian Ren and Feminist Ethics of Care Lijun Yuan (Philosophy)
Thursday, October 10, 2019 Honors Coffee Forum, Lampasas 407 6:00-
7:00 p.m.
The Truth About Transit: Cultivating a Walkable, Bikeable, & Inclusive San Marcos Panel Discussion & Live Podcast
Friday, October 11, 2019 1:30 p.m. Talk of the Times Phi Sigma Tau

Week IV: Concealment and Exposure

Monday, October 14, 2019 ** 5:30-
8:00 p.m.
Seeking Truth: A Screening of Akira Kurosawa’s “Rashomon” and Journalism Ethics (Film viewing followed by discussion) Discussion Leaders: Gilbert Martinez (Journalism & Mass Communication; Jo Ann Carson (Philosophy); Rebecca Bell-Metereau (English)
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 12:30 p.m. Awash in Lead and Lies: Implications of the Cover-up in Flint, Michigan Karla Connell & Felix Villarreal (Dialogue Students)
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 5:00 p.m. Tau Talks: Value of Truth Aaron Meier, Philosophy Undergraduate Student
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 San Marcos Public Library ** 4:30 p.m.

Detecting Fake News Gilbert Martinez (Journalism and Mass Communication)
Thursday, October 17, 2019 12:30 p.m. Personal Rights and Public Space Marly Ayala & Karen Gaytan (Dialogue Students)
Thursday, October 17, 2019 3:30 p.m.

Texas State Authors Series: The Ethics of Eating Animals Bob Fischer (Philosophy)

Friday, October 18, 2019 1:30 p.m. Talk of the Times Phi Sigma Tau

Week V: Academic Freedom, Diversity, and Inclusion

Monday, October 21, 2019 11:00 a.m. How Academic Freedom, Diversity, and Inclusion are Related Vince Luizzi (Philosophy) & Faculty Senate’s Academic Freedom Committee
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 ** 2:00 p.m. Environmental Issues at the Texas/Mexico Border Ben Masters (Filmmaker - The River and the Wall), Andrew Sansom (The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment), and Vince Luizzi (Philosophy)
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 5:00 p.m. Tau Talks: Academic Freedom and the Problem of Ultranationalism Phi Sigma Tau Holly Lewis (Philosophy)
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 Alkek Library Teaching Theater ** 7:00 p.m. The River and the Wall - Film Screening, Panel Discussion, and Book Signing Ben Masters (Filmmaker - The River and the Wall), Andrew Sansom (The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment), Rebecca Bell-Metereau (English), Thomas Longoria (Political Science), and Gloria Martinez-Ramos (Sociology, Director of Latino/a Studies) Moderated by Evan Smith (CEO, Texas Tribune)
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 12:30 p.m. Freedom to Learn: Would National Service Strengthen Academia and Democracy? Dialogue Class
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 San Marcos Public Library 4:30 p.m. Inclusion and the Ethics of Care Christopher Hall (Philosophy Graduate Student)
Thursday, October 24, 2019 12:30 p.m. Promoting Academic Freedom, Diversity, and Inclusion through Dialogue Dialogue Class

Thursday, October 24, 2019 4:00 p.m. The Big Chill: Does Academic Status Affect Academic Freedom? Shannon Duffy, Faculty Senate Fellow
Friday, October 25, 2019 1:30 p.m. Talk of the Times Phi Sigma Tau

Week VI: Truth and the Unconscious

Monday, October 28, 2019 12:30 p.m. Ageism: It’s Getting Old Christopher Johnson (Sociology)
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 ** 12:30 p.m. The Invisible Knapsack: Unconscious Bias, Power, and Privilege Linda Grace Solis (Applied Humanities, University of the Incarnate Word)
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 5:00 p.m. Tau Talks: The Action of Gender Chris Hall, Philosophy Graduate Student
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 San Marcos Public Library ** 4:30 p.m. Tools for Humans: Recognizing, Acknowledging, and Mitigating Our Unconscious Biases Linda Grace Solis (Applied Humanities, University of the Incarnate Word)
Thursday, October 31, 2019 12:30 p.m. Philosophers’ Nightmares: The Sleep of Reason Sanger Davidson (Dialogue Student)
Friday, November 1, 2019 1:30 p.m. Talk of the Times Phi Sigma Tau

Week VII: Dissemblers, Prevaricators, Bull-shitters, and Bald-faced Liars

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 12:30 p.m. Just Making the Sale: The Truth about Bull-Shitters Leah Butterfield (Dialogue Student)
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 5:00 p.m. Tau Talks: Theft of Valor Brad Frailicks, Philosophy Graduate Student
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 San Marcos Public Library 4:30 p.m. Conspiracy Theorists’ MO: How They Hoodwink the Vulnerable Eli Kanon (Philosophy)
Thursday, November 7, 2019 8:00 a.m. Power Struggles & Political Intrigue in Game of Thrones Carrie Crisp & Class
Thursday, November 7, 2019 12:30 p.m. Philosophy with a Hammer: Nietzsche’s Critique of Truth Declan Ward & Claudia Pharr
Friday, November 8, 2019 1:30 p.m. Talk of the Times Phi Sigma Tau

Week VIII: Political Discourse and Free Speech at Texas State University

Monday, November 11, 2019 ** 6:00 p.m. Nonviolent Activism 101 Moderator: Jenn Garcia (Philosophy), Panelists: Carrie Crisp (Philosophy), Greg Moses (Philosophy), Jeffrey Helgeson (History)
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 12:30 p.m. Truth and the Marketplace of Ideas Michael Senftleber (Dialogue Student)
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 5:00 p.m. Tau Talks: Whitespaces: The End of Freedom of Speech Nathaniel Rodriguez Sosa, Philosophy Graduate Student
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 San Marcos Public Library ** 4:30 p.m. Community Deliberative Dialogue: A House Divided: What Kind of Political Discourse Do We Want? Department of Philosophy Applied Ethics Program
Thursday, November 14, 2019 ** 12:30 p.m. Burning Down the House: Is Political Violence Absurd? Dialogue Class with Special Guest: Sean Daniel Johnson (Philosophy)
Friday, November 15, 2019 1:30 p.m. Talk of the Times 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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San Marcos Public Library,
625 E. Hopkins St., San Marcos, Texas 78666