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Annually, the Department of Philosophy and in conjunction with Phi Sigma Tau Illinois Pi chapter, & The Lyceum (from 2014 onwards), 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. Since its inception, each year the Illinois Pi chapter of Phi Sigma Tau elects a lead organizer of the conference. From 2014 onwards, the new Philosphy student group, The Lyceum has taken the lead in organizing, 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 (with help from faculty); 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.

9th Annual Philosophy Undergraduate Conference (2014)

Call For Papers

Keynote Speaker: Professor Charlotte Witt (University of New Hampshire)
Conference Dates: October 24th and 25th, 2014
Updated Submission Deadline: September 5th, 2014

The best students papers will be published in Polymath: An Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Journal (peer-reviewed, open access)

Past Keynotes:

Dr. Lester Hunt (University of Wisconsin - Madison)
Dr. Donald Marquis (University of Kansas)
Dr. Eric Brown (Washington University in St. Louis)
Dr. Martin Schwaub (University of California, Irvine)
Dr. Eduardo Mendieta (Stony Brook University)
Dr. Susan Bordo (University of Kentucky)
Dr. Tao Jiang (Rutgers University)
Dr. Sarah Lucia Hoagland (Northeastern Illinois University)

Past Conferences

8th Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference at SIUE (2013)

7th Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference at SIUE (2012)

6th Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference at SIUE (2011)

5th Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference at SIUE (2010)

4th Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference at SIUE (2009)

3rd Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference at SIUE (2008)

2nd Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference at SIUE (2007)

1st Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference at SIUE (2006)

Past Conference Participants

We invite past conference participants to contact us (rharper@siue.edu) 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.

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