Student Activities in Philosophy
Whether you're an official major or minor, or simply curious about philosophy, you are welcome to participate in any of the student activities sponsored by the Department.
The Philosophical Café is a forum for students to discuss philosophical issues of general interest. It meets several times a year, from 7:00 to 9:00 in the evening, over pizza and drinks. There will be a pre-announced theme for each meeting and a faculty moderator. The moderator will give a 5- to 10- minute introduction to the topic. The rest of the evening will l be group discussion of the issue.
For more information, see the Events page.
The Philosophy Club is a forum for social and intellectual interaction among our majors. Although it has a faculty facilitator (Felmon Davis), the Club calls its own meetings and determines its own agenda. The agenda may be anything from planning a social event or a field trip to a nearby philosophy conference, to making suggestions to the faculty about what upper division courses should be taught in the following year or what topics should be discussed in the Philosophical Café.
The Philosophy Club also publishes Ephemeris, perhaps the premier undergraduate journal of philosophy that originates in North America. For more information, see the Ephemeris website.
A department-sponsored series of Philosophy Talks are given by distinguished guest speakers from all over the country. Occasionally we also have lunch-time talks in the Humanities Lounge. These events are open to anyone who is interested. If you would like to be put on our mailing list for these events, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Philosophy Department awards two prizes every year, the Sternfeld Prize and the Larrabee Prize.
The Milton Hymes Sternfeld (1916) Prize is awarded for the best original essay in philosophy by a member of the senior class. Entries must be submitted to the Department by the last day of the Winter Term. All senior theses will automatically become entries. Seniors are encouraged to submit their best term papers or essays (from their final academic year only).
The Harrold A. Larrabee Prize is awarded by faculty nomination to the student who has done the best work in philosophy during the year.
For the 2003 winners please see the "Students" page.