“Opportunities and Challenges for Building Local Communities of Philosophical Conversation”

A SOPHIA panel organized for the 2018 meeting of the Public Philosophy Network, featuring:

“Liberating the Liberal Arts: Encouraging Philosophical Engagement Outside of the Classroom”
Anthony Cashio

Dr. Sergia Hay.Dr. Michael RingsMatthew Salzano“Building Philosophical Community in the South Puget Sound chapter of SOPHIA”
Matthew Salzano, Michael Rings, and Sergia Hay

Dr. Eric Thomas Weber.“Communities Take Roots: Challenges for Locally Grown Communities of Philosophical Conversation”
Eric Thomas Weber

Date: February 9, 2018
Time: 01:15-02:45 p.m.
Event: SOPHIA Panel at the 2018 Public Philosophy Network Conference
Topic: Philosophy Impact
Sponsor: The Public Philosophy Network
Venue: Embassy Suites and Hilton Garden Inn Hotels
Location: 2601 Canyon Boulevard
Boulder, CO 80302
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

A group of SOPHIA members will meet and lead a discussion about Episode 1 of Philosophy Bakes Bread, on The Molemen and Plato’s Cave Today, with the University of Kentucky Philosophy Club!

A group meeting for a SOPHIA conversation.

If you can listen to the episode in advance, great! If not, no worries, as we have the handout about it so that we’re all on the same page.

Here’s the episode: https://www.philosophersinamerica.com/2017/01/19/ep1-the-molemen-and-platos-cave-today/

The meeting is meant to be genuinely conversational, and to introduce people to what SOPHIA is all about.

Join us!

Date: November 29, 2017
Time: 04:00-05:00 p.m.
Event: Lexington SOPHIA Group Chat about Plato's Cave Today
Topic: Plato's Cave Today
Sponsor: The University of Kentucky Philosophy Club
Venue: White Hall, room 231
Location: 140 Patterson Drive
Lexington, KY 40506
Public: Public

Not a member of SOPHIA yet? Consider joining!

Logo of the APA Eastern Division.From the Meeting Program for the 2018 Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, which runs from January 3rd through the 6th of 2018:

The Society of Philosophers in America, SOPHIA
(G6E in the group meeting portion of the program)


Establishing Conditions for Community Building and Philosophical Dialogue

Dr. Daniel Brunson.Chair:

Daniel Brunson (Morgan State University)


Dr. Jackie Kegley.Jacquelyn Ann Kegley (California State University, Bakersfield)
“Establishing Conditions for Community Building and Philosophical Dialogue”

James William LincolnJames William Lincoln (University of Kentucky)
“Fellowship: An Epistemological Analysis”

Dr. Eric Thomas Weber.Eric Thomas Weber (University of Kentucky)
“Cosmopolitanism Online: Philosophical Community-Building in the Internet Age”


Date: January 4, 2018
Time: 12:00-02:00 p.m.
Event: SOPHIA Panel at the 2018 Eastern APA Meeting
Topic: Establishing Conditions for Community Building and Philosophical Dialogue
Sponsor: The American Philosophical Association
Venue: Savannah Convention Center
Location: 1 International Dr.
Savannah, GA 31402
United States
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

If you'll be there, come join us and learn more about SOPHIA!

A photo of a symbol that reads "Trigger Warning: Explicit Content," and which is made to look like the "Explicit Content" warnings used on mature media sold to the public in the United States.SOPHIA is holding our first online symposium, a conversational meeting open to all, on the subject of “trigger warnings,” the act of alerting students in advance about potentially offensive messages or images to be covered in an educational setting. Controversy arose in part in reaction to a letter from the Dean of Students at the University of Chicago, which you can find here, and which we ask that each participant in our conversation read prior to joining us (1 page).

Photo of the letter that the University of Chicago sent incoming students about "trigger warnings."Title: Trigger Warnings: Offense, Respect, and Freedom [Online Video Symposium]

Day and time: Wednesday, 10/19/16 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. Eastern.

Place: Online. In advance, click this link to download a small tool that will enable participation. If you have used Zoom online video conferencing before, you may not need to download the little app.

SPECIAL NOTE: This conversational meeting will be recorded and then posted on YouTube. You can participate either with video and audio or you can just watch the discussion and comment in the platform’s chat section. Those unable to participate at the time of the discussion can watch the video later on YouTube.

Photo of Dr. Bertha Manninen.Facilitators:

Dr. Bertha Manninen, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Arizona State University


Photo of Dr. Shane Courtland.Dr. Shane Courtland, Managing Director of the Center for Free Enterprise at West Virginia University.

In addition,

Dr. Eric Thomas Weber.Dr. Eric Thomas Weber, Executive Director of SOPHIA, will serve as the moderator of our online forum.

And featuring a special Guest:

We are also very fortunate to have a special guest joining us from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE):

Ari Cohn, J.D., Senior Program Office for Legal and Public Advocacy, F.I.R.E.Ari Cohn, J.D., Senior Program Officer for Legal and Public Advocacy for F.I.R.E.

We welcome and invite comments and questions in advance of the symposium. Please write to us at philosophersinamerica@gmail.com, post a comment on our Facebook page, or Tweet to us @SOPHIAchirp.

Finally, you can also call us and leave us a voicemail with a comment or question, by calling: 859.257.1849. Please introduce yourself, tell us where you’re from, and please limit your message length to 1 minute or less.

Date: October 19, 2016
Time: 02:00-03:30 p.m. Eastern
Event: Trigger Warnings: Offense, Respect, and Freedom [Online Video Symposium]
Topic: Education, Academic Freedom, Respect for Victims of Trauma
Venue: SOPHIA's Zoom Online Video Conferencing platform
Public: Public

Keep up to date on SOPHIA activities and get involved by joining SOPHIA!

SOPHIA Business Meeting reminder: 9/9/16 @ 5pm Eastern

Photo of a person at a computer, whose screen reads "Meeting Agenda."Agenda:
1) SOPHIA panels – planned and future
2) radio show and podcast
3) chapter recognition and building needs
4) leveraging video: a) video conferencing business meetings? b) intro videos & other online community building; c) online video conference/symposium
5) funding opportunity and other $ plans
6) recognition/awards for engaged philosophers and community building?
7) Procedures for updates
8) Reminders
9) Other thoughts/needs?

If you are interested in joining the meeting but have not received detailed instructions for joining it, email us at philosophersinamerica@gmail.com.

Date: September 9, 2016
Time: 05:00-05:45 p.m.
Event: SOPHIA Business Meeting
Topic: SOPHIA Business Meeting
Sponsor: SOPHIA
Venue: Zoom Online Video Conference
Location: Online
Public: Public

If you haven't already, register for membership and JOIN SOPHIA!

Photo of the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, MD.SOPHIA will be hosting a panel at the 2017 Eastern Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association on Thursday, January 5th from 5:15-7:15 p.m. There have been some changes to our original plan. The presenters listed below reflect the updated plan:

Group Session

Topic: “The Value of and Impediments to Studying Philosophy for First Generation College Students”

Chair: George R. Lucas (U.S. Naval War College & Notre Dame University)

Speakers and titles:

Dr. Daniel Brunson.Daniel Brunson (Morgan State University)

“Traditions are Precious Treasures? Pragmatic Reflections on Inculcating a Tradition You Only Recently Joined”

Photo of Dr. Bertha Manninen.Bertha Manninen (Arizona State University)

“Why First Generation Students Stay Away From the Humanities – And How We Can Bring Them Back In.”

Dr. Seth Vannatta.Seth Vannatta (Morgan State University)

“Challenges for First-generation Students Studying Philosophy”

Date: January 5, 2017
Time: 05:15-07:15 p.m.
Event: SOPHIA Panel at the 2017 Eastern Division Meeting of the APA
Topic: "The Value of and Impediments to Studying Philosophy for First Generation College Students"
Sponsor: The American Philosophical Association
Venue: Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
Location: 202 East Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Public: Public
More Info: Click here for more information.

If you haven't already, register for membership and JOIN SOPHIA!