Annually, the Department of Philosophy and in conjunction with the Lyceum (the Student Philosophy Club), 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 Philosophy 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.
Through the years we have relied on the generosity of well-respected scholars in the field of philosophy. They have come to our campus on our limited budget to help foster a wonderful dialogue in our diverse student community, and for this we are grateful.
[IMAGE: Keynote Speaker Dr. Laurie Ann Paul]
Does the conference provide any funding?
Unfortunately, we do not have enough funds to cover travel or living costs for participants.
We do provide rides from the hotel to the SIUE campus and back. We will also try to accommodate all rides request from the STL airport and back, before and after the conference.
The conference will also provide light snacks throughout the conference, breakfast at the conference site on Saturday, and Friday night dinner for all conference presenters.
Can I bring people along to the conference?
Most definitely! We have no registration fees at the conference and the conference is OPEN TO ALL who are interested in Philosophy.
Can I bring people along to Friday night’s dinner?
Currently, we do not have enough funds available to provide dinner for people other than the presenters at the conference.
Which airport do I buy my tickets for?
STL- St Louis Lambert International Airport
Which hotel should I stay at?
If you need a ride to and from the hotel, please stay at Fairfield Inn by Marriott Collins.
If you have your own transport, you can book your hotel anywhere you want. Nearby hotels are: Country Hearth Inn & Suites, Comfort Inn Conference Center, Hampton Inn Suites St Louis-Edwardsville.
Please book and pay for your own hotel and if you wish to split costs, you can setup roommate requests through the email list contained in our correspondence.
What about parking?
Let us know if you will have your own car. We will provide you with parking access codes for Friday and Saturday parking will be free. Passes will be for Parking Lot B. For a map of SIUE parking, please click here.
Dr. Charlotte Witt (University of New Hampshire)
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)
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.