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Philosophy Opportunities

  • Conferences and Speakers
  • Philosophy Club
  • Undergraduate Conferences in Philosophy around the United States: click here!

Conferences and Speakers

Philosophy Speaker Series (Academic Year 2015-2016)

The Philosophy Section's speaker series highlights local philosophers and their work.  LBC credit is available for students who attend these talks!

"Women, Food, Pleasure and Control: Beyond 'Choice'"
Lisa H. Schwartzman, Associate Professor, Michigan State University

Contemporary discussions of food, diet, and obesity often center on individuals and not on the myriad ways that culture, class, race, and gender affect eating practices. The expectation that one should “choose” foods wisely, track caloric intake, and control one’s appetite can have especially devastating effects on women. Drawing on Caroline Knapp’s Appetites: Why Women Want, and on recent sociological studies of young women’s sexual experiences, I explore connections between the cultural pressure on women to control their appetites for both food and sex and to deny their own needs and pleasures. I argue for a feminist approach that situates “choice” in particular contexts, including those of class, race, and gender, and that promotes the cultivation of women’s embodied desires, rather than their control.

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/538045566348692/

Thursday, November 5, 2015

5:30 - 7:00pm, Student Center Room 352 (see Campus Map)

"New Work: A Conversation with Frithjof Bergmann"
Frithjof Bergmann, Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan

In preparation for our conversation, we invite you to check out the following resources.  You are also encouraged to bring your own questions!

Website: http://www.newworknewculture.com

Pocast: http://www.partiallyexaminedlife.com/2013/10/10/ep83-frithjof-bergmann

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM2YOC-41PCqO7O9Y8kKeaQ

Thursday, October 15, 2015

5:30 - 7:00 p.m., Halle Auditorium (in Halle Library)


More talks will be announced soon!

Prior years


 Eastern Michigan University's Undergraduate Conference in Philosophy

The 2015 conference will be our fifth annual conference.  Look for a call for papers soon.



 Philosophy Club

The EMU Philosophy Club is a university-recognized social organization dedicated to the discussion of philosophy. Students from all fields and disciplines are welcomed. For more information, check them out on Facebook.

Questions and comments may be emailed to the club's president, Leah McQuone.

Faculty Advisor: Professor  W. John Koolage
E-mail: wkoolage@emich.edu








 Past Events

Eastern Michigan University's Undergraduate Conference in Philosophy

Held April 5, 6, and 7th at EMU's Student Center.

To go to the conference home page, click here.


Philosophy Speaker Series (Academic Year 2012-13)

The Philosophy Section's speaker series highlights local philosophers and their work.  

  • "Vaccine Refusal: Social Liberals and Conservative Values," by Dr. Mark Navin (Oakland University)
    • Thursday, October 4th, 2012.
  • "Three Challenges in Food Ethics," by Dr. Paul Thompson (Michigan State University)
    • Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
  • "Making Sense: Identifying Black Feminist Theories of Knowledge," by Dr. Kristie Dotson (Michigan State University)
    • Thursday, March 14th, 2013
  • "Averroes Among The Moderns: How a Thinker is Shaped (and Misshaped) For The Legacy of Medieval Islam," by Dr. Coeli Fitzpatrick (Grand Valley State University)
    • Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Star Lecture Series

This year's Starr Lecture Series, conducted by Eastern Michigan University's Honors College, features three of our very own philosophers!  This year's series is organized around the question, "just because we can, should we?"

The Star Lectures are all viewable on iTunesU!

  • "Exploring the Link Between Can and Should," by Dr. W. John Koolage
    • September 18th, 2012
  • "Ethics and the Global Environment," by Dr. J. Michael Scoville
    • November 13th, 2012
  • "Ethics and Immigration Policy," by Dr. Peter Higgins
    • January 22nd, 2013



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