Philosophy Student Events & Opportunities


FRIDAY, MAY 15TH, 2015
KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Thomas Wartenberg (Mount Holyoke College)

The 11th annual CSUB Philosophy & Religious Studies Undergraduate Conference will be held Friday, May 15th, 2015 on the campus of California State University, Bakersfield.  The conference provides a forum for the presentation of work by undergraduates in all areas of philosophical and religious studies.  Papers should be approximately 3000 words (10-12 pages) and submitted electronically to:

Submission deadline is April 10th, 2015.  Final decisions will be made by April 17th.

Conference Schedule:  Friday, May 15th, 2015

  • Paper sessions, 1:00-5:00
  • Keynote address, 5:00-6:00

This year’s keynote speaker is Thomas Wartenberg, Professor of Philosophy at Mount Holyoke College, and member of the graduate faculty at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  Dr. Wartenberg works at the intersection between philosophy and popular culture, and he is also a leading figure in advocating the teaching of philosophy to elementary school children.

Call For Papers!
Phi Sigma Tau & Theta Alpha Kappa present:
The Sixth Annual Hoaglund Philosophy and Religious Studies Conference at Christopher Newport University:
Our Environment, Our Responsibility

April 9-10, 2014
At Christopher Newport University, VA

The 6th Annual Hoaglund Conference at Christopher Newport University invites undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines to submit paper proposals addressing the topic, "Our Environment, Our Responsibility,” broadly construed.

Abstract, Paper and Presentation Guidelines: Abstracts should provide an understanding of the main topics of the paper and should not exceed approximately 200 words in length. The recommended length of papers is 8-10 pages, double-spaced. Presentations will be 15-20 minutes in length including time for questions and answers.

Submission Protocol: Submit an abstract to  Please remember to include name, title and institutional affiliation. Deadline for receipt of abstracts: February 1st, 2014.  Full length papers must be received by March 30th, 2014 in order to be considered for presentation at conference. 


Paper specifications: All papers submitted should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words. Submissions should include both the 

paper and an abstract of 100-200 words. Please also include your name, paper title, and
institutional affiliation
in your submission. The best papers will feature significant original
scholarship, rather than literature review or exegesis of another author’s argument. Please submit
papers by December 31, 2014. We will aim to send decisions to students by February 1, 2015. Please
submit your paper to the following email address:

The Conference will take place at Rutgers University on:

February 28th and March 1st, 2015

Rooms will be provided for all student presenters through out the conference at Rutgers University



For more information and updates: Go to

If for some reason you need an extension for the deadline please email us at

Call for Papers
The 17th Annual Midwestern Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

Creighton University
April 10-11, 2015

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Erin Stackle of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California speaking on The Virtue of Friendship.

Submission Guidelines: Submissions from all interested undergraduates on any philosophical topic are welcome. Please limit submissions to one paper per student. Papers should be a maximum of 30 minutes reading time (approximately 10-12 pages double-spaced) and should include a separate cover sheet with the author’s name, address, school, email address, telephone number, and an abstract of about 150 words. All submissions should be suitable for blind review, so no identifying marks are to appear anywhere in the body of the paper itself. Papers will be blind reviewed by the officers of the Creighton University chapter of Phi Sigma Tau. Selected speakers will be notified on a rolling basis.

Deadline for receipt of papers: Saturday, March 1st.
If you use postal mail, please be sure to mail your submission well in advance.

Submissions: Papers may be submitted either electronically or via US mail. Please e-mail electronic submissions in an attached file using MS Word format to Submissions made through postal mail should include a disk copy (in MS Word format) in addition to a paper copy and should be addressed to: Shainna Hayes Phi Sigma Tau President, Philosophy Department - DHHC 104, Creighton University, 2500 California Plaza, Omaha, NE 68178.

Location: The conference will be held on the campus of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

For further information (including help with accommodations): Please contact Shainna Hayes by e-mail at

16th Annual Southern Appalachian Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

The University of North Carolina at Asheville
The Liberal Arts Campus of the University of North Carolina

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Sponsoring Organizations include:  the Belk Chair of Humanities, The UNCA Philosophical Society, The NC Epsilon Chapter of Phi Sigma Tau, & The UNCA Philosophy Department.

Our symposium provides 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 determine prizes for the top three presentations [1st place--$300; 2nd place--$200; 3rd place--$100].

We are honored to announce the keynote address this year will be:
Evaluative Perception
Dr. Susanna Siegel, the Edgar Pierce Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University

We are honored to announce our judges this year will be:
Dr. Leonard Lawlor [Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University]. 
Dr. Susanna Siegel [Edgar Pierce Professor of Philosophy, Harvard University]

Please submit each of the following as a separate MS Word file to

  • a paper
  • an abstract
  • a separate cover sheet with name and affiliation

Papers on any philosophical topic are welcome.  Papers should be designed for a 20 minute presentation time [approximately 10 - 12 standard double-spaced pages].  The paper should not contain the author's name or institutional affiliation, since it will be evaluated in a blind review process.

Abstracts should be attached to the paper, should be one paragraph, double spaced, no more than 150 words.  These abstracts should not contain the author's name or institutional affiliation, since it will be evaluated in a blind review process.

Cover sheets should be on a separate sheet, and should contain the title of the paper, the author's name, and the author's institutional affiliation, address, e-mail address, and phone number.
All submissions must be received by Friday, February 15, 2015.
Acceptance notifications will occur by March 13, 2015.

For submissions or further information, please contact:

Dr. Duane H. Davis
Department of Philosophy, CPO # 2830, UNCA
One University Heights
Asheville, NC 28804-3251


April 17-18, 2015
Pacific University
Forest Grove, Oregon

Keynote talk by Daniel Dennett <> (Tufts University)

The 19th annual Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference will be held April 17-18, 2015 on the campus of Pacific University, in Forest Grove, Oregon.

The purpose of this conference is to provide a forum for the presentation of philosophical work of undergraduates to their peers.

Papers are required to be of philosophical content, but there are no specific restrictions on subject matter within the arena of philosophical discussion itself.

Papers should be approximately 3000 words (10-12 pages).

Electronic submissions, including paper and abstract (Word documents), should be sent to:

Note: Submission deadline is February 1, 2015.

Final decisions will be made by February 28, 2015.

Volunteers for session chairs are also welcome.

Selected papers from the conference will be published in Volume 6 (2015) of the journal Res Cogitans <>.

This is strictly an undergraduate conference, with only undergraduates allowed on the conference program.

The single exception is the keynote speaker.

Past keynotes speakers have included: Paul Churchland, Hilary Putnam, John Searle, Keith Lehrer, Catherine Elgin, John Perry, Hubert Dreyfus, Jerry Fodor, Alvin Plantinga, Cora Diamond, James Sterba, Peter Kivy, and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong.

This year’s keynote talk will be by Daniel Dennett.

The conference banquet will be on Friday, April 17 and all paper sessions, including the keynote talk, will be on Saturday, April 18.

Travel and lodging information can be found by going to the conference web site at:

Registration costs: $40, payable at the conference.

Three meals will be provided: Friday night banquet, Saturday breakfast and lunch.

For further information, contact Professor Boersema via email ( or by phone (503 352 2150) or at the address below:

Department of Philosophy
Pacific University
2043 College Way
Forest Grove, OR 97116