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Dialogue Series Schedule

The Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce the schedule for the Spring 2024 Dialogue Series


Unless otherwise indicated, all events will take place in Comal 116.

Weekly San Marcos Public Library Dialogue sessions occur at 625 E Hopkins St.

A full copy of this semester's Dialogue Series calendar can be viewed here.

Week I

Reckoning With Our History

Monday, Feb. 12 4:00 p.m. Immigration Anxiety: Economic or Ethnocentric? ΦΣΤ Tau Talks Ron Stockdreher (Philosophy)
Tuesday, Feb. 13 11:00 a.m. Intellectuals, Anomie, and the Social Reproduction of Society: The Responsibility of Academics Ivan Marquez (Philosophy)
Tuesday, Feb. 13 12:30 p.m. The Questions that Most Need Asking Dialogicians (Dialogue Class)
Wednesday, Feb. 14 11:15 a.m. Seeing Asian American History as American History Alice J. Lee (Communication Design) and Typography Class
Wednesday, Feb. 14

San Marcos Public Library
3:30 p.m. The Work Yet to Do Philosophy Dialogue Student Panel
Thursday, Feb. 15 12:30 p.m. Reconstruction: To Be Continued Dialogicians (Dialogue Class) with Guest Interlocutor Dwonna Goldstone (History, African American Studies)

Week II

The Great Society at 50

Monday, Feb. 19 4:00 p.m. Freedom Riders and Voting Rights ΦΣΤ Tau Talks Dylan Dunn (Philosophy Graduate Student)
Tuesday, Feb. 20 12:30 p.m. Poverty Abolition Dialogicians
Wednesday, Feb. 21

San Marcos Public Library
3:30 p.m. Have We Made Progress on Civil Rights? Where Do We Go from Here? Dwonna Goldstone (History, African American Studies) Paul Buntyn (Pastor Emeritus, Abundant Life Christian Church)
Thursday, Feb. 22 12:30 p.m. Health Care Ethics Kiara Quiroz & Tyler Wade (Dialogue Students)
Friday, Feb. 23 12:30 p.m. Women’s Liberation ΦΣΤ Talk of the Times Rebekah Ross (Philosophy)

Week III

Church and State

Monday, Feb. 26 4:00 p.m. Religion and Politics on the Radical Left ΦΣΤ Tau Talks Enrique Castillo (Philosophy Graduate Student)
Tuesday, Feb. 27 12:30 p.m. Theocracy and Democracy Enrique Castillo & Theodore Jackson (Dialogue Students)
Wednesday, Feb. 28

San Marcos Public Library
3:30 p.m. A Conversation about Politics, Religion, and Education Todd Salmi (Director, United Campus Ministry) James Bouzard (Director, Christ Chapel) Joseph Laycock (Philosophy & Religious Studies)
Thursday, Feb. 29 12:30 p.m. Religious Pluralism/Religious Equality Grace Hemmings & Christian Sustaita (Dialogue Students)
Friday, Mar. 1 12:30 p.m. True Believers and Nationalism ΦΣΤ Talk of the Times Jo Ann Carson & Kayden Miller (Philosophy)

Week IV


Monday, Mar. 4 4:00 p.m. TBD? ΦΣΤ Talk of the Times Christopher Hall (Philosophy)
Tuesday, Mar. 5 12:30 p.m. Engaged Aesthetics and Eco Art Dialogicians with Guest Interlocutor Susan Powell (Central Texas Artist)
Wednesday, Mar. 6

San Marcos Public Library
3:30 p.m. Aesthetic Community and Identity Anthony Cross (Philosophy)
Thursday, Mar. 7 12:30 p.m. Music and Machines Juan Cortez III & Tiana Murphy (Dialogue Students)
Thursday, Mar. 6 2:00 p.m. On Nietzsche Neil Sinhababu (National University of Singapore)
Friday, Mar. 8 12:30 p.m. Is Music More than Noise? Why? ΦΣΤ Talk of the Times Kayden Miller (Philosophy Student)

Week V


Monday, Mar. 18 4:00 p.m. An Existentialist Discussion about Current Legislation on Freedom ΦΣΤ Tau Talks Elektra Jordan (Philosophy Graduate Student)
Tuesday, Mar. 19 12:30 p.m. On Being Free Ernesto Ramirez & Joseph Rodriguez (Dialogue Students)
Wednesday, Mar. 20

San Marcos Public Library
3:30 p.m. Free Will, Neuroscience, and Technology: An Update Jo Ann Carson (Philosophy)
Thursday, Mar. 21 12:30 p.m. Algorithms, Agency, and Autonomy Ashley Johnson & Isabella Saenz (Dialogue Students)
Friday, March 22 Saturday, Mar. 23 12:00-5:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 27th Annual Texas State Philosophy Student Symposium Schedule forthcoming

Week VI


Monday, Mar. 25 4:00 p.m. Journalistic Ethics and Breaking News ΦΣΤ Tau Talks Austin Sanders (Senior Staff Writer, The Austin Chronicle & Texas State Alumnus)
Tuesday, Mar. 26 12:30 p.m. Free Speech in an Open Society Dimitri Gillcrist & Lauren Ibarra (Dialogue Students)
Wednesday, Mar. 27

San Marcos Public Library
3:30 p.m. Speaking of the Middle East Elizabeth Bishop (History, North African/Modern Arab Studies)
Thursday, Mar. 28 12:30 p.m. Academic Freedom and Campus Speech: A Conversation with Texas State Faculty Panelists: Nathan Pino (Sociology, Chair of Texas State Academic Freedom Committee) Elizabeth Bishop (History, North African/Modern Arab Studies) Dwonna Goldstone (History, African American Studies) Rebecca Raphael (Philosophy & Religious Studies) Paul Villagran (Journalism and Mass Communication)
Friday, Mar. 29 12:30 p.m. Who Decides What’s OK to Say on Gaza? ΦΣΤ Talk of the Times General Discussion

Week VII

Genocide Awareness Symposium, Week 1

Monday, Apr. 1 2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. Introduction to the Symposium Inaugural Speech: Women and Children during the Rwandan Genocide, followed by Discussion with Genocide Survivors: Providence Umugwaneza (Rwanda) Lucy Katz (Holocaust), Sichian Siv (Cambodia) Sabah Carrim (Symposium Organizer) Providence Umugwaneza (Rwanda, Founder of Kabeho Neza Initiative) Texas Holocaust, Genocide, and Antisemitism Advisory Commission
Tuesday, Apr. 2 12:30 p.m. Genocide and Survival: Native America and the Legacy of the Pas 5th Annual Vincent Luizzi Ethics Lecture Alex Alvarez (Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Northern Arizona)
Tuesday, Apr. 2 2:30 p.m. Art Exhibition: The Unknown Genocide of the Yezidi People Falah Alrasam (Artist, Translator, and Writer) Sarwa Azeez (Poet, Translator, and Fulbright Scholar)
Wednesday, Apr. 3 San Marcos Public Library 625 E. Hopkins St. 3:30 p.m. 4:15 p.m. Screening of Film Repairing the World, followed by It (Genocide) Can Happen Here (in the U.S.) Alexander Laban Hinton (Anthropology/Genocide and Human Rights, Rutgers University)
Thursday, Apr. 4 11:00 a.m. The Problems of Genocide: Definitional Constraints A. Dirk Moses (Political Science, City University of New York)
Thursday, Apr. 4 12:30 p.m. Colonization and Genocide Elizabeth Bishop (History, North African/Modern Arab Studies)
Thursday, Apr. 4 2:00 p.m. The Epistemic Conditions of Genocide in Africa: The Example of the Igbo Genocide in Nigeria, 1966-1970 Arthur Chigbo Anyaduba (English/Peace and Conflict Studies, Winnipeg University)
Friday, Apr. 5 12:30 p.m. Zoom Accelerants and Triggers of Genocide James Waller (Human Rights, University of Connecticut)
Friday, Apr. 5 2:00 p.m. Law, Neuroscience and Genocide Studies: The ICC Case of Dominic Ongwen Sabah Carrim (Austin Community College, Binghamton University)


Genocide Awareness Symposium, Week 2

Monday, Apr. 8 11:00 a.m. Imaginary and Fabricated Genocides Henry Theriault (Worcester State University)
Monday, Apr. 8 2:30 p.m. The Repercussions of Genocide: Displacement, Refugees, Asylum Seekers Jennifer Long (Executive Director of Casa Marianella)
Tuesday, Apr. 9 12:30 p.m. Geographies of the Holocaust, and Zionism as a Project of Minority Oppression Alberto Giordano (Geography, Texas State University)
Tuesday, Apr. 9 2:00 p.m. Teaching the Holocaust in Texas Amy Frank (Associate Director of Education, Holocaust Museum Houston)
Tuesday, Apr. 9 2:45 p.m. Art Exhibition of Samuel Bak’s Holocaust Paintings Laurie Garcia (Senior Associate Director of Education, Holocaust Museum Houston)
Wednesday, Apr. 10

San Marcos Public Library
3:30 p.m. Zoom Poster Presentation: Criminal Justice Measures to Prevent Mass Atrocity Katherine Southwick (Legal Scholar, American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative)
Thursday, Apr. 11 12:30 p.m. Panel discussion: The Role of Literature on Genocide: Perpetration or Prevention? Robert Tally (English, Texas State University) and Suparno Banerjee (English and International Studies, Texas State University)
Thursday, Apr. 11 2:00 p.m. Drunk on Genocide: Alcohol, Masculinity, and Mass Murder in Nazi Germany Edward B. Westermann (History, Texas A & M, San Antonio)
Friday, Apr. 12 3:30 p.m. Zoom Panel Discussion: Israel-Palestine Conflicts A. Dirk Moses (Political Science, City University of New York)

Week IX

Engaged Ecology

Monday, Apr. 15 12:30 p.m. What is Engaged Ecology? Vince Lopes (Professor Emeritus, Biology) Justin Williams (Philosophy)
Tuesday, Apr. 16 12:30 Environmental Theology Dialogicians with Guest Interlocutor Jim Kimmel (Professor Emeritus, Geography)
Wednesday, Apr. 17 12:30 Biocultural Conservation and Ethics Justin Williams (Philosophy)
Wednesday, Apr. 17

San Marcos Public Library
3:30 p.m. Engaged Ecology and Environmental Justice Jeff Gessas (Philosophy)
Friday, Apr. 19 9:00 a.m. The Ethics of Engaged Ecology Ron Stockdreher (Philosophy)
Saturday, Apr. 20 Earth Day Events The Meadows Center 211 San Marcos Springs Dr. All day Afternoon Roundtable Discussion and Experiential Field Work Schedule forthcoming

Talk of the Times and Tau Talks are open forums on current events and philosophical issues led by members of Phi Sigma Tau, the philosophy honor society

The Acorn Symposium Dialogues are co-sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, the Philosophy Dialogue Series, and The Acorn: Philosophical Studies in Pacifism and Nonviolence.

The Philosophy Dialogue Series Program Endowment supports the Philosophy Dialogue Series and its outreach activities at the San Marcos Public Library.

Co-sponsors of the Philosophy Dialogue Series are the American Democracy Project, College of Liberal Arts, Common Experience, Gina Weatherhead Dialogue Fund, Alliance, Step Up For State,  Sustainability Studies, The Alkek Library, Humanities Texas, National Endowment for the Humanities, ΦΣΤ (Phi Sigma Tau, the philosophy honor society), University Seminar, The New York Times, Honors College, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Vice President for Student Affairs.

If you require accommodations due to a disability in order to participate, please contact 512.245.2285 at least 72 hours in advance of the event.

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