Events & Conferences

Philosophical Engagements with Trauma Conference

March 22-23, 2019

The Philiosophy Department will host the Philosophical Engagements with Trauma Conference, and featured events will include a panel on Department Chair and Professor Melissa Burchard’s recent book from Routledge Press, Philosophical Reflections on Mothering in Trauma, and our invited speakers include:

Dr. Peg O’Connor from Gustavus Adolphus College and Dr. Abby L. Wilkerson from George Washington University

As this conference is the first that we know of to specifically focus on philosophy and trauma, we encourage a broad range of topics and engagements from, hopefully, a broad range of perspectives, including those traditionally underrepresented in philosophy.  Registration prior to the conference is strongly encouraged; registration in-person the day of the conference will require a check.

20th Annual Southern Appalachian Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

February 8-9, 2019

Our symposium will provide a professional-style philosophical forum for aspiring undergraduates to present significant and original work.  All papers will be evaluated by blind review process.  At the conference, judges from universities with important graduate programs will award prizes for the top three presentations.

We are honored to announce that our judge and keynote speakers this year will be Dr. Vrinda Dalmiya of the University of Hawai’i and  Dr. Chris Cuomo of the University of Georgia

20th Annual Southern Appalachian Undergraduate Philosophy Conference program

2018 Accepted Papers

This selection of papers reflects a typical array of topics accepted for the conference.

“A Line Drawn Too Sharp: Rorty on Culture and Politics”
Sam Morkal-Williams
Warren Wilson College

“An Apology for the Euthyphro: An Interpretive Essay on Plato’s Euthyphro”
Ryan T. Lockwood
Lee University

“Care, Utility, and the Partial”
Gilliam Phipps
University of North Carolina Asheville

“Emergent Injustice”
Evan Wainright
Virginia Commonwealth University

“The Human Endeavor in Sartre’s Dialectical Ethics”
Cody Lathe
Western Carolina University

“The Middle Way: Living Between the Epistemic Extremes with Dionysius and Wolterstorff”
Eli N. Simmons
Furman University

“Needing Not a Teacher: On the Importance of Humility”
Meredith C. Sheeks
Lee University

“Reading Heidegger Reading Hegel Reading Heraclitus”
Lucas Buchanan Carroll
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

“Are Religious Experiences Legitimate Sources of Knowledge?”
Ethan Butt
University of North Carolina – Charlotte

“Sitting Out the Sacred: Remembering Racism with the Kaepernick Protests”
Christopher Rowe
Florida Gulf Coast University

“Sunrise: A Song of One Human, One Metaphor”
Tirza Ben-Ezzer
Florida Gulf Coast University

“Suppose Truth is a Convict—What Then?: Applying Nietzsche’s Philosophy of Language to Dickens’ Great Expectations”
Margaret McCurry
Furman University

2018 Conference Papers

Past Conferences

14th Annual Southern Appalachian Undergraduate Philosophy Conference