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Ohio Philosophical Association Annual Meeting-Call for Papers: Special Undergraduate Sessions , Saturday April 11, 2015 at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea Ohio.  Undergraduate student papers are invited on any topic.  Review will be blind and conducted by the editorial staff of Sapere Aude at The College of Wooster.  Accepted papers will be considered also for publication in the 2015 print volume of the journal.  Papers should be less than 4000 words (not including notes) and be deliverable in half an hour or less.  Submissions should be prepared for blind review and include an abstract of no more than 200 words.

The 19th annual Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference will be held on April 17-18, 2015 on the campus of Pacific University, in Forest Grove, Oregon. 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 here. 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 Dept. of Philosophy, Pacific University, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR 97116

George Washington University‘s annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference will be held on April 3rd, 2015. While we accept papers on all topics, we are especially interested in papers on the subject of Political Philosophy and Applied Ethics this year. All papers should be submitted prepared for blind review, complete with cover page including name, title, and school affiliation, to


We are Lex Modestum at the University of Arizona, a student run undergraduate philosophy journal dedicated to providing opportunities to aspiring philosophers. We accept original philosophical works from undergraduate students in both Analytic and Continental strains of thought. Along with the traditional essay format, we are also interested in presenting unique philosophical ideas via original modes of presentation (e.g. dialogues, poems, artwork, and short stories).

The following are criteria to consider when submitting: works will be evaluated based upon clarity of insight, level of originality, depth of philosophical inquiry, effectiveness of mode of presentation, and brevity. Maximum length of submission is 15 pages double spaced (including endnotes and footnotes but not including works cited and bibliography). There is no minimum length requirement. Any citation style is acceptable so long as consistency is maintained throughout. Endnotes and footnotes are equally acceptable. Submissions must include a cover page with the author’s name, institution, academic year, major, email address, word count, and the title of the submission. Actual work should not contain the author’s name or any other identifying marks. All work must be original in content and must under no circumstances be plagiarized, either from other authors or from previous works by the submitting author. All works will be checked for plagiarism before publication.

All authors must be current undergraduate students. Every paper will receive comments from one of our editors to be sent back to the author regardless of whether their work has been selected for publishing. Submissions should be sent to as either a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file. Our deadline for Spring 2015 submission is April 3rd. Submissions will be published on and Upon submission, the author authorizes us to publish the author’s work on our website and facebook page. We do not maintain ownership of the author’s work, should they decide to submit a version of their work for publication in the future.

We look forward to reading all submissions and encourage all undergraduate philosophers to submit work that they are proud of and would like to see published!


The thirty-ninth annual Midsouth Philosophy Conference is scheduled for Friday afternoon and Saturday, March 13-14, at Rhodes College in Memphis. Mylan Engel Jr. (Northern Illinois University) will deliver the keynote address, Fishy Reasoning. The conference will begin with the keynote address at 1:30 Friday afternoon.  The conference will conclude at 5:20 Saturday afternoon. Due to the size of the conference, we cannot accommodate special scheduling requests.  Thomas Nenon has reserved rooms for Thursday (3/12/15) through Saturday (3/14/15) nights at the Comfort Inn on 100 North Front Street.  Call 901-526-0583 and identify yourself as a participant in the Midsouth Philosophy Conference by February 1 in order to ensure availability and to receive the conference rate. The airport shuttle goes to the Comfort Inn for $20 one-way and $30 round-trip, taxis for about $40.  Click here for travel directions to Rhodes College.  Click here for a campus map. Click here for a map of campus parking.


PIKSI /2015 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/APA Sponsored
Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute
Application Deadline: March 13, 2015
PIKSI <http://roc> summer institutes are designed to encourage undergraduates from underrepresented groups to consider future study of philosophy. Undergraduates and recent graduates from underrepresented groups such as
women, African Americans, Chicano/as and Latino/as, Native Americans, Asian
Americans, Pacific Islanders, LGBTs, economically disadvantaged communities, and people with disabilities are urged to apply. Transportation and lodging are provided. Stipends are awarded to all.

PIKSI ROCK at the Rock Ethics Institute/Penn State
Date: June 13-22, 2015
Director: Serene Khader, Brooklyn College, CUNY
Theme: Philosophy and Social Justice
Luvell Anderson, University of Memphis
Talia Bettcher, California State University, Los Angeles
Kristie Dotson, Michigan State University
Lisa Guenther, Vanderbilt University

(All PIKSI ROCK students will be designated Iris Marion Young Fellows)

Date: August 2-8, 2015
Director: Lisa Rivera, University of Massachusetts Boston
Keota Fields, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Jorge Garcia, Boston College
Justin Khoo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mickaella Perina, University of Massachusetts Boston
Susanna Siegel, Harvard University
Subrena Smith, University of New Hampshire

For More Information See:
PIKSI ROCK: Web: <http://roc>

The Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University is sponsoring the eighth annual Undergraduate Ethics Symposium, April 9-11, 2015. Please post the attached flyer, share it with faculty, and encourage your students to submit. The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2015. Students can submit electronically here.

This year’s theme will encompass ethical concerns brought to the forefront by our increasingly technological modern society. From social media and video games to online currency and net neutrality, there is an abundance of moral questions raised by the virtual world. We welcome submissions on the Symposium’s theme as well as from all other areas of ethical concern – such as personal morality, business ethics, bio-medical ethics, media ethics, feminist ethics, and diversity issues – so long as the submissions are received by the February 1, 2015 deadline.

This is an honors symposium, so only 25 to 30 submissions will be accepted. Each participant will be in a seminar led by a visiting scholar or artist; the seminars will consist of seven to ten students each. In these small groups, students will benefit from the critiques and comments of their peers. We are pleased to announce four experts in the realm of virtual spaces who will be joining us this year and who will work closely with the participants:

  • Solon Barocas – Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University

  • Patrick Byrne – Founder and CEO of

  • Matthew Kenyon – Associate Professor at Stamps School of Art and Design, University of Michigan

  • Anita Sarkeesian – author of the video blog “Feminist Frequency” and creator of the video series Tropes vs. Women and Tropes vs. Women in Video Games

For those students accepted to the symposium, DePauw University will cover lodging and meals while at DePauw. Travel expenses would be the responsibility of the participant. Assistance with travel funds may be available in certain circumstances.

The symposium includes four keynote talks from leading experts on this year’s theme, Value and Virtual Spaces, including a talk by Anita Sarkeesian, who has recently made national headlines for her work critiquing portrayals of women in video games. Students also participate in breakout sessions to discuss the work they submitted with each other and one of the four keynote speakers. More information about the symposium is below and in the attached flyer.

Allegheny College will host a two-day undergraduate conference on April 10-11 on voting rights and democratic participation. This event will bring five nationally recognized scholars and activists together with students to explore themes of social justice, democratic engagement, and liberal learning.

We invite students to submit papers, posters, or panels that examine voting rights and democratic participation from multiple disciplinary, inter- and cross-disciplinary perspectives. Work that explores these themes from philosophical, political, artistic, religious, linguistic, historical, educational, economic, and/or cultural perspectives is encouraged, as are mathematical perspectives: for example, the drawing of legislative districts or the design of voting schemes. Examination of environmental justice, criminal justice, and analyses of public policy are appropriate as well as neuro-scientific approaches to ideology, or the role of genetics in individual political preferences. Projects that examine psycho-social-cultural dimensions of protest and the construction of social movements are welcome as are those that reflect on the design, formation, and maintenance of formal political structures. Conceiving of these themes broadly, we are open to a wide range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary papers on voting rights and democratic participation in domestic or international arenas.

In addition to completed papers of approximately 10-12 pages, we invite student proposals for poster presentations that are in the early stages of development. While completed projects are welcomed, we encourage students to submit proposals that are research designs or work that is in progress. Our hope is to have good conversations about research design, theoretical frames, and methods of analysis as a way of moving student projects forward.

More information on submitting papers, posters, and panels can be found here.

Call for Submissions

Stance: An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal is produced and edited entirely by undergraduate students. We aim to enrich student learning by providing an opportunity for undergraduate students to have their original scholarly work reviewed by or published in a peer-reviewed academic journal.

Episteme is a student-run journal that aims to recognize and encourage excellence in undergraduate philosophy by providing examples of some of the best work currently being done in undergraduate philosophy programs. Episteme is published under the auspices of Denison University’s Department of Philosophy. We publish a journal in print each Spring.

Discussions is an undergraduate run, peer-reviewed research journal that publishes undergraduate research in all fields of study. Discussions publishes several times every year.

Lex Modestum is a student run undergraduate philosophy journal dedicated to providing opportunities to aspiring philosophers. We accept original philosophical works from undergraduate students in both Analytic and Continental strains of thought. Along with the traditional essay format, we are also interested in presenting unique philosophical ideas via original modes of presentation (e.g. dialogues, poems, artwork, and short stories).