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Dialogue Series Schedule Fall 2020

All Dialogue events this semester are virtual.

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Week I: Plagues: Literal and Metaphorical

Monday, September 21, 2020 2:00 p.m. Reading Camus’s The Plague During a Plague The Socio-Politicos (A Philosophy discussion group open to all)
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 12:30 p.m. Tales from Times of Plague Philosophy Dialogue Class (A Philosophy discussion group open to all)
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tau Talks, Phi Sigma Tau Animal and Pandemic Ethics Mariah Martinez (Philosophy Graduate Student)
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 11:00 p.m. Commemorating Constitution Week: Suffrage and the Plague of Voter Suppression Carrie Crisp (Philosophy)
Thursday, September 24, 2020 12:30 p.m. A Conversation about Race and Racism Philosophy Dialogue Class
Thursday, September 24, 2020 2:00 p.m. Including Anti-racism in the Curriculum Discussion Leaders: Vince Luizzi and Greg Moses (Philosophy) With Amelie Benedikt, Lori Gallegos, Olga Gerhart, and other Philosophy Faculty
Thursday, September 24, 2020 3:30 p.m. Systemic Nature of Institutionalized Racism Elizabeth Bishop (History)
Friday, September 25, 2020 1:30 p.m. Talk of the Times Phi Sigma Tau
Friday, September 25, 2020 2:00-5:00 p.m. 5th Annual Space Settlement Symposium Moderator: Elizabeth Kanon (Philosophy) Presenters: Emma Hinds Lehnhardt; Diane Howard; Andrea Banzatti; Chris Elley
Friday, September 25, 2020 11:00 p.m. Political Pulse Elections Edition: COVID-19 and the 2020 Election Carrie Crisp (Philosophy)

Week II: Racial Healing and Restorative Justice

Monday, September 28, 2020 2:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: Police Reform, Part 1: Policy and Practice Moderator: Catherine Hawkins (Social Work) Panelists: Scott Bowman (Criminal Justice), Howie Williams (Criminal Justice), Rick Morley (Social Work) , Joe Meyer (Community Advocate)
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 12:30 p.m.

Justice, Meet Mercy: Pillars and Principles of Restorative Justice Amber Olivas & Isaac White (Dialogue Students)

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

2:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: Police Reform, Part 2: Activism and Research Moderator: Catherine Hawkins (Social Work) Panelists: Lucia Summers (Criminal Justice), Adam Vaughn (Criminal Justice), Raphael Travis (Social Work), Joe Meyer (Community Advocate)
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 5:30-7:30 p.m Tau Talks, Phi Sigma Tau An Essay on Black Lives Matter James Attwood (Philosophy Graduate Student)
Wednesday September 30, 2020 2:00 p.m. The Ideal of Fraternity The Socio-Politicos
Thursday, October 1, 2020 12:30 p.m. America’s Unholy Ghosts: The Racist Roots of Our Faith and Politics Special Guest: Joel Goza (Author and Community Advocate) Co-sponsored by Depts of Philosophy & History, Institutional Inclusive Excellence—Student Initiatives, & Center for Diversity and Gender Studies
Thursday, October 1, 2020 2:00 p.m. Panel on Racial Healing with Joel Goza Moderator: Vince Luizzi (Philosophy) Panelists: Elizabeth Bishop (History); Rebecca Raphael (Philosophy & Religious Studies); Nathaniel Rodriguez Sosa (Texas State Philosophy Alumnus); Dwight David Watson (History)
Friday, October 2, 2020 1:30 p.m. Talk of the Times Phi Sigma Tau
Friday, October 2, 2020 11:00 p.m. Political Pulse Elections Edition The Black Lives Matter Movement and the 2020 Election Carrie Crisp (Philosophy)

Week III: Dynamics, Movements, and Paradigm Shifts

Monday, October 5, 2020 2:00 p.m. Anti-Foundationalism in Political Theory The Socio-Politicos
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 12:30 p.m. Dialectical Patterns and Revolutions in Thought Philosophy Dialogue Class
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 5:30 -7:30 p.m. Tau Talks, Phi Sigma Tau Pressure Cooker Jake Rhodes (Philosophy Graduate Student)
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 2:00 p.m. Dewey on the Dynamics of Democracy The Socio-Politicos
Thursday, October 8, 2020 12:30 p.m. Is Reform without (Violent) Revolution Possible? Dante Boggiano & Will Myers (Dialogue Students)
Friday, October 9, 2020 1:30 Talk of the Times Phi Sigma Tau
Friday, October 9, 2020 11:00 p.m. Political Pulse Elections Edition: Civil Disobedience, Protests, Political Movements, and Party Shifts Carrie Crisp (Philosophy)

Week IV: Repairing Political Discourse

Monday, October 12, 2020 2:00 p.m. Dialogue Among the Social Contract Theorists The Socio-Politicos
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 12:30 p.m. Deliberative Dialogue for Difficult Subjects: What, Why, and How Philosophy Dialogue Class
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tau Talks, Phi Sigma Tau Washington Talkin Blues: How Our Discourse Got Here, Where We Are, and Where We Ought to Go Trent Oatman (Philosophy Graduate Student)
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 2:00 p.m. The Communitarian Voice in the Discourse on Democracy The Socio-Politicos

Thursday, October 15, 2020 12:30 p.m. Democracy, Disagreement, and Compromise Cooper Beal & Thomas Sullivan (Dialogue Students)
Friday, October 16, 2020 1:30 p.m. Talk of the Times Phi Sigma Tau
Friday, October 16, 2020 11:00 p.m. Political Pulse Elections Edition: Roles of the Media, Social Media, and Political Advertising Carrie Crisp (Philosophy)

Week V: Coming to America

Monday, October 19, 2020 2:00 p.m. Social Responsibilities of Universities: Diversity, Inclusion, and Academic Freedom Special Guest: Julie Reuben (Harvard Graduate School of Education) Co-sponsored by Equity and Inclusion, Faculty Senate, and Philosophy
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 12:30 p.m. Immigrant Nation Philosophy Dialogue Class
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tau Talks, Phi Sigma Tau Speak English! An Analysis of Language and Whiteness Sean Daniel Johnson (Texas State Philosophy Alumnus)
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 2:00 p.m. Discovering American Pluralism The Socio-Politicos
Thursday, October 22, 2020 12:30 p.m. Searching for an Ethical Immigration Policy Philosophy Dialogue Class
Friday, October 23, 2020 1:30 p.m. Talk of the Times Phi Sigma Tau
Friday, October 23, 2020 11:00 p.m. Political Pulse Elections Edition: Immigration and the 2020 Election Carrie Crisp (Philosophy)

Week VI: Higher Education: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Monday, October 26, 2020 2:00 p.m. Discovering American Liberalism The Socio-Politicos
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 12:30 p.m. Good Education in an Age of Measurement Philosophy Dialogue Class
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 5:30 p.m. Tau Talks, Phi Sigma Tau Wittgenstein Applied: The Language of Modern Politics Tori Cotton (Philosophy Graduate Student)
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 2:00 p.m. Texas State Authors Series: New Research on Exorcism Joseph Laycock (Philosophy & Religious Studies) Author of Speak of the Devil and The Penguin Book of Exorcisms
Thursday, October 29, 2020 12:30 p.m. Zoom Rhymes with Doom (and Gloom) Sierra Greene & Sarah Wood (Dialogue Students)
Thursday, October 29, 2020 2:00 p.m. Academic Freedom & the Political Climate on Campuses in the Age of Trump Special Guest: Jonathan Zimmerman (History of Education, University of Pennsylvania)
Friday, October 30, 2020 11:00 p.m. Political Pulse Elections Edition: Student Loans and Higher Education Issues Carrie Crisp (Philosophy)

Week VII: The Golden Rule

Sunday, November 1, 2020 11:00 p.m. Do We Have a Duty to Vote? Carrie Crisp (Philosophy)
Monday, November 2, 2020 2:00 p.m. Elect to Elect The Socio-Politicos
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 12:30 p.m. Golden Rule Reasoning, Golden Rule Action Philosophy Dialogue Class
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tau Talks, Phi Sigma Tau Camus and the Coronavirus??? TBA
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 2:00 p.m. Social Reform and The Memphis Diary of Ida B. Wells Elizabeth Bishop (History)
Thursday, November 5, 2020 12:30 p.m. Walking in Their Shoes Tyler Arnold & Jasmine Bedford (Dialogue Students)
Friday, November 6, 2020 1:30 p.m. Talk of the Times Phi Sigma Tau
Friday, November 6, 2020 11:00 p.m. Political Pulse Elections Edition Livestream Carrie Crisp (Philosophy)

Week VIII: Existential Angst

Monday, November 9, 2020 2:00 p.m. Communism: Why All the Angst? The Socio-Politicos
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 12:30 p.m. Seneca and Sartre on Slip Sliding Away Nathan Vila & May Phillips (Dialogue Students)
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 1:30 p.m. Tau Talks, Phi Sigma Tau Social Media: The Existential Maker Devin Granado (Philosophy Graduate Student)
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 2:00 p.m. Fully Automated Luxury Communism: Communism without the Angst? The Socio-Politicos
Thursday, November 12, 2020 12:30 p.m. Democracy’s Existential Crisis Gisselle Benitez & Corey Davis (Dialogue Students)
Friday, November 13, 2020 1:30 p.m. Talk of the Times Phi Sigma Tau
Friday, November 13, 2020 11:00 p.m. Political Pulse Elections Edition: Election Results Carrie Crisp (Philosophy)

Talk of the Times and Tau Talks are open forums on current events and philosophical 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.

The Philosophy Dialogue Series Program Endowment supports the Philosophy Dialogue Series and its outreach activities at the San Marcos Public Library.

Co-sponsors of the Philosophy Dialogue Series are the American Democracy Project, College of Liberal Arts, Common Experience, Gina Weatherhead Dialogue Fund, Alliance, Step Up For State,  Sustainability Studies, The Alkek Library, Humanities Texas, National Endowment for the Humanities, ΦΣΤ (Phi Sigma Tau, the philosophy honor society), University Seminar, The New York Times, Honors College, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Vice President for Student Affairs.

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