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Dialogue Series Schedule Fall 2021

The Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce the schedule for the Fall 2021 Dialogue Series

Unless otherwise indicated, all Dialogues take place in 

The Philosophy Dialogue Room

116 Comal Building

 


Week II

Compassion and Empathy

Monday, September 20, 2021 2:00 p.m. Passion, Compassion, Sympathy, and Empathy Ivan Marquez (Philosophy)
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

12:30 p.m.

What is Compassion? What is Empathy? What’s the Connection?

Aldo Garcia & Jade Ross (Dialogue Students) with Special Guest Riley Inks (Texas State Alumnus)
Tuesday, September, 21, 2021 2:00 p.m. Anarchy, Compassion, and Virtue: The Unregulated Ties that Bind Riley Inks (Texas State Alumnus)
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 5:00 p.m. Ethics for Psychopaths Tristan Sosa (Philosophy)
Thursday, September 23, 2021 12:30 p.m. Does Empathy Have a Dark Side? Bridget Brotherton & Claire Phillips (Dialogue Students)
Friday, September 24, 2021 12:00 noon Talk of the Times Michelle Brown (Sociology) and Ron Stockdreher (Philosophy) Topic TBA

Week III

The Other

Monday, September 27, 2021 2:00 p.m. Individuals & Democracies: Is the State “The Other” The Socio-Politicos
Tuesday, September 28 2021 12:30 p.m. Toni Morrison on the Origin of Others Andy Apostol & Julia Simmons (Dialogue Students)
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 11:00 a.m. Compassion, Bias, and the Brain: Exploring the Neuropsychology of Hatred, Violence, and Self-Transcendence Rick Morley (Social Work)
Thursday, September 30, 2021 12:30 p.m. Kwame Appiah on Identity and the Lies that Bind Celeste Cartagena & Mateo Marroquin (Dialogue Students)
Friday, October 1, 2021 3:00-5:00 p.m. FULLY ONLINE 6th Annual Space Settlement Symposium Fully online, registration required Hosted by Chris Elley (Founder, Electro-Fish Creative) Featured Speakers: Laura Montgomery (Ground Based Space Matters) Carrie Crisp (Philosophy, Texas State) Eli Kanon (Philosophy, Texas State)

Week IV

Critical Race Theory and Education

Monday, October 4, 2021 12:30 p.m. What is Critical Pedagogy? Jo Ann Carson (Philosophy)
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 12:30 p.m. Philosophy of Race and Racism 101 Dialogue Class with Special Guest Lori Gallegos (Philosophy)
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 12:30 p.m. Resisting Arrest: Narrative About What Triggers Police Violence Evan Schmiedehaus (Philosophy)

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

San Marcos Public Library
4:30 p.m. Panel and Deliberative Dialogue: What and How Should We Teach Our Children about Race and Racism? Panelists: Goyland Williams (Communications, University of Hartford & Texas State Alumnus); Frank de la Teja (History, Distinguished Professor Emeritus Dwonna Goldstone (History & African American Studies) Lori Gallegos (Philosophy)
Thursday, October 7, 2021 12:30 p.m.

Black Interruptions: Black Thought, Black Life and (I’m) possibilities of Double Consciousness

Dialogue Class with Special Guest Goyland Williams (Communications, University of Hartford & Texas State Alumnus)

Thursday, October 7, 2021 2:00 p.m.

Du Bois, Black Education, and Social Activism on College Campuses Goyland Williams (Communications, University of Hartford) with Michelle Brown (Sociology) & Du Bois Reading Group
Friday, October 8, 2021 12:00 noon Talk of the Times Michelle Brown (Sociology) and Ron Stockdreher (Philosophy) Topic TBA

Week V

Compassion and Community

Monday, October 11, 2021 2:00 p.m. Liberty, Equality, & Fraternity: Where’s the Fraternity? The Socio-Politicos
Monday, October 11, 2021 3:30 p.m. Civic Education in College: Exploring Attitudes Towards Voting Through Value-Reappraisal Interventions Taylor Acee & Jonathan Lollar (Developmental Education)
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 9:30 a.m. Dewey’s Search for the Great Community The Paideians
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 12:30 p.m. What Exactly is a ‘Form of Life’? What Do 4th Century Egyptian Hermits Have to Do with It? Dialogue Class with Special Guest David Anderson (Philosophy, Texas A&M)
Wednesday, October 13, 2021

San Marcos Public Library
4:30 p.m.

Compassion, Voting, and Community Building Jonathan Lollar & Sam Owens (Developmental Education)
Thursday, October 14, 2021 12:30 p.m. Is Dewey’s Vision of Creative Democracy Overly Optimistic? Dialogue Class with Special Guest Sean Daniel Johnson (Texas State Philosophy Alumnus)
Friday, October 15, 2021 12:00 noon Talk of the Times Michelle Brown (Sociology) and Ron Stockdreher (Philosophy) Topic TBA

Week VI

Masked or Unmasked?

Monday, October 18, 2021 2:00 p.m. The State Unmasked: The Pluralist Theory of the State The Socio-Politicos
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 12:30 p.m. Masking the Face and Facing the Masks: Concealment and Exposure Natalie Astudillo & Robert Mitchell (Dialogue Students)
Wednesday, October 20, 2021

San Marcos Public Library
4:30 p.m. Grief, Spirituality, and Anger After a Covid-19 Loss Natasha Mikles (Philosophy & Religious Studies)
Thursday, October 21, 2021 12:30 p.m. Marx, Žižek, and Sartre on Character Masks Cooper Beal & Christian Campos (Dialogue Students)
Friday, October 22, 2021 12:00 noon Talk of the Times Elizabeth Bishop (History) and Model Arab League Students: Macy Birdwell and Parker Weaver

Week VII

God and Nature

Monday, October 25, 2021 11:00 a.m. Climate Change and the Future of Humanity Adam Briggle (Philosophy & Religion, University of North Texas)
Monday, October 25, 2021 3:30 p.m. Thinking Through Climate Change Adam Briggle (Philosophy & Religion, University of North Texas)
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 12:30 p.m. Science, Scientism, Ethics, and Religion Dialogue Class with Special Guest Sherron Watkins (Executive-in-Residence, McCoy College of Business)
Wednesday, October 27, 2021

San Marcos Public Library
4:30 p.m. Spinoza’s Ethics and Its God Sean Daniel Johnson (Texas State Philosophy Alumnus)
Thursday, October 28, 2021 12:30 p.m. Expressing the Ineffable: Expansive Naturalism and Enactivism in Wittgensteinian Philosophy of Religion Dialogue Class with Special Guest David Anderson (Philosophy, Texas A&M)
Friday, October 29, 2021 12:00 noon Talk of the Times Michelle Brown (Sociology) and Ron Stockdreher (Philosophy) Topic TBA

Week VIII

Conspiracies

Monday, November 1, 2021 2:00 p.m. Communism: Political Philosophy or Conspiracy Theory? The Socio-Politicos
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 12:30 p.m. Conspiracy Epistemology Dialogue Class
Wednesday, November 3, 2021

San Marcos Public Library
4:30 p.m. Ideological Pathogens and Propaganda Jonathan Surovell (Philosophy)
Thursday, November 4, 2021 12:30 p.m. Vietnam: 50 years Dialogue Class
Friday, November 5, 2021 12:00 noon Talk of the Times Michelle Brown (Sociology) and Ron Stockdreher (Philosophy) Topic TBA

Talk of the Times and Tau Talks are open forums on current events and philosophical issues led by members of Phi Sigma Tau, the hilosophy 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.

If you require accommodations due to a disability in order to participate, please contact 512.245.2285 at least 72 hours in advance of the event.

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