Annually, the Department of Philosophy and Phi Sigma Tau Illinois Pi chapter host a colloquium for undergraduate students to share in philosophical dialogue at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. A general call for papers is circulated inviting students to submit papers they have written on any topic of philosophical interest for presentation. In conjunction with the conference proceedings, a distinguished scholar is invited to deliver a keynote address and to personally interact with conference participants about their research and interests in philosophy. The conference promotes pluralism, collegiality, and philosophically complex thinking.
The Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference at SIUE is an entirely student run event. Each year the Illinois Pi chapter of Phi Sigma Tau elects a lead organizer of the conference, though all of the members and other volunteers help to organize the conference. They raise funds to support the event; select and invite a keynote speaker; draft and circulate the Call for Papers; anonymously review submissions; decide upon a final program; make all of the necessary arrangements for the actual conference; and participate in the proceedings. The conference demonstrates what students, in the spirit of philosophical community and scholarly inquiry, can accomplish.
We invite past conference participants to contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let us know what they are doing. Also, we would be honored if any of our conference past speakers and guests attended our current event; if you are planning on attending, please let us know in advance.