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Dialogue Series Schedule Fall '22

This is the complete calendar for the Fall 2022 Philosophy Dialogue Series


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

Week I

Dialogue Retrospective

Monday, Sept. 19 12:00 p.m. Zoom accessible The Genealogy of Dialogue at Texas State Reception in Comal 116 Reflections and Recollections: Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Students, and Friends of Philosophy
Tuesday, Sept. 20 12:30 p.m. Dialogue’s Ancient Roots Dialogicians (Philosophy Dialogue Class)
Wednesday, Sept. 21 United Campus Ministry 510 N. Guadalupe 3:30 p.m. Be a Bridge: Dialogues for Racial Reconciliation Pastors Paul Buntyn & Darius Todd (Abundant Life Christian Church) Co-sponsor: United Campus Ministry
Thursday, Sept. 22 12:30 p.m. Applying the Socratic Method to Today’s Difficult Problems Dialogicians with Special Guest Brad Frailicks (Philosophy Alumnus)
Thursday, Sept. 22 3:30-5:00 p.m. How COVID Changed Church and State: Making Sense of Today’s Supreme Court Jenna Reinbold (Religion, Colgate University)

Friday, Sept. 23 12:30 p.m. Talk of the Times Commemorating Constitution Week: Constitutional Conversations and Civil Dialogue PST Phi Sigma Tau (Philosophy Honor Society) Christopher Hall & Kayden Miller

Week II

Systems Thinking

Monday, Sept. 26 12:30 p.m. Consciousness and Systems Thinking Rick Morley (Social Work), Logan Trujillo (Psychology), Vangelis Metsis (Computer Science)
Tuesday, Sept. 27 9:30 a.m. Systems Theory and Critical Pedagogy

Paideians (Philosophy of Education Class) with Special Guest Jason O’Brien (University College)
Tuesday, Sept. 27 12:30 p.m. Systems Thinking in Dialogue and Critical Dialectic Dialogicians with Special Guest Jason O’Brien (University College)
Wednesday, Sept. 28 San Marcos Public Library 3:30 p.m. Geophilosophy: Restoring Our Living Bond with Earth Vicente L. Lopes (Professor Emeritus, Biology)
Thursday, Sept. 29 11:00 a.m. Understanding Organizations as Systems Rexford H. Draman (Management)
Thursday, Sept. 29 12:30 p.m. Algorithms, Data, and Oppressive Systems Luis Castro & Jennifer Torres (Dialogue Students)
Friday, Sept. 30 1:00-3:00 p.m. Virtual event Registration required 7th Annual Space Settlement Symposium Organizer: Elizabeth Kanon (Philosophy) Featured Speakers: Charles Cockell (University of Edinburgh); Jekan Thanga (University of Arizona); Deepika Sangam (Texas State University)

Week III


Monday, Oct. 3 5:00 p.m. Reconciliation and Preservation: Freedmen and the Case for Native Identity PST Tau Talks Dustin Hampton (Philosophy Graduate Student)
Tuesday, Oct. 4 12:30 p.m. Jane Addams: Feminist Pragmatist and Peace Pioneer Erin Monreal & Sophie Rooke (Dialogue Students)
Wednesday, Oct. 5 San Marcos Public Library 3:30 p.m. Peaceweaving and Positive Peace Patricia Shields (Political Science)
Thursday, Oct. 6 12:30 p.m. Zoom accessible Police Social Work: Navigating Police Reform in a Time of Systems Change Dialogicians with Special Guest Dr. George Patterson (Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College, City University of New York
Friday, Oct. 7 12:30 p.m. Talk of the Times Designing Peace PST (Philosophy Honor Society)

Week IV

Reckoning with History

Monday, Oct. 10 12:30 p.m. A Clash of Principles and Practices: Systemic Racism in U.S. History Jo Ann Carson & Eric Crawford (Philosophy)
Monday, Oct. 10 5:00 p.m. The Ethics of History Museums PST Tau Talks Enrique Castillo (Philosophy Graduate Student)
Tuesday, Oct. 11 12:30 p.m. A Life Spent Connecting the Dots: The Paul Buntyn Story Special Guests: Pastor Paul Buntyn (Abundant Life Christian Church) & Dwonna Goldstone (History and African American Studies)
Wednesday, Oct. 12 San Marcos Public Library 3:30 p.m. Panel and Discussion on Race and Racism Panelists: Pastors Paul Buntyn & Darius Todd (Abundant Life Christian Church); Dwonna Goldstone (History & African American Studies)
Thursday, Oct. 13 12:30 p.m. Deliberative Dialogue: What and How Should We Teach Our Children about Race and Racism? Special Guests: Pastors Paul Buntyn & Darius Todd (Abundant Life Christian Church); Dwonna Goldstone (History & African American Studies)
Friday, Oct. 14 12:30 p.m. Talk of the Times Children of the Storm: Immigration Policy and the Young PST (Philosophy Honor Society) Ron Stockdreher (Philosophy)

Week V


Monday, Oct. 17 12:30 p.m. Zoom Accessible Conceptual Boundaries: Language-habits and Systems Thinking Justin Williams (Philosophy)
Tuesday, Oct. 18 12:30 p.m. How to Reclaim the Art of Conversation Bobbie Cortez & August Martin (Dialogue Students)
Wednesday, Oct. 19 San Marcos Public Library 3:30 p.m. Talking about Religion: Religious Clauses in the First Amendment Joseph Laycock (Religious Studies)
Thursday, Oct. 20 12:30 p.m. When Talk is Cheap: Cancelling Cancel Culture Kayden Miller (Dialogue Student)
Friday, Oct. 21 12:30 p.m. Talk of the Times Topic TBA PST (Philosophy Honor Society)

Week VI

Sex and Gender

Monday, Oct.24 2:00 p.m. Transgender Rights, Allyship, and Advocacy: A Panel Discussion Introduction: Ellen Stansell, Philosophy of Sex and Love Class Moderator: Rebekah Ross (Philosophy) Panelists: Christopher Hall (Philosophy Alumnus), Sam Owens (Developmental Education), Jesse Silva (Institutional Inclusive Excellence), Jessica Suokup (Transgender Education)
Tuesday, Oct. 25 12:30 p.m. Biology, Gender, and Culture Testimony Adebimpe, Ezti Trevino, & Donovan Valdez (Dialogue Students)
Wednesday, Oct. 26 11:00 p.m. We Know Where This is Going: A Conversation with Women Faculty who Grew Up Before Roe v. Wade Student Moderator with Rebecca Bell-Metereau & Elizabeth Skerpan-Wheeler (English) & Jessica Pliley (History) Co-sponsors: Women’s Studies & Diversity and Gender Studies
Wednesday, Oct. 26 12:30 p.m. Body Positivity vs. Body Neutrality: Either, Neither, or Both? Rebekah Ross (Philosophy) & Images of Women Class
Wednesday, Oct. 26 San Marcos Public Library 3:30 p.m. Sexist Perception Casey Landers (Philosophy)
Thursday, Oct. 27 11:00 a.m. Embodiment and Cognition Ivan Marquez & Philosophy of Emotion Class
Thursday, Oct. 27 12:30 p.m. What is Sex? Does It Matter? Tim Lane & Holden Lucio (Dialogue Students)
Friday, Oct. 28 12:30 p.m. Talk of the Times Topic TBA PST (Philosophy Honor Society)

Week VII

The Sacred and the Profane

Monday, October 31 3:00-6:00 p.m.

Philosophy of Horror The Exorcist Exorcism Film viewing at 3:00 followed by Tau Talks discussion at 5:00 with Joseph Laycock (Religious Studies)
Tuesday, Nov. 1 12:30 p.m. Evil and the Erosion of the Sacred Dialogicians with Special Guest Sabah Carrim (English)
Wednesday, Nov. 2 San Marcos Public Library 3:30 p.m. Tolkien’s Literary Cartography Robert T. Tally, Jr. (English)
Thursday, Nov. 3 12:30 p.m. Melville’s Moby Dick and the Sacred Dialogicians with Special Guest Robert T. Tally (English)
Friday, Nov. 4 12:30 p.m. Talk of the Times Topic TBA PST (Philosophy Honor Society) Michelle Brown (Sustainability Studies) & Ron Stockdreher (Philosophy)


School Daze

Monday, Nov. 7 12:30 p.m. Trigger Warning: Learning through Discomfort Christopher Hall (Philosophy Alumnus)
Tuesday, Nov. 8 9:30 a.m. When Schools Are at Risk, So Is Democracy The Paideians (Philosophy of Education Class)
Tuesday, Nov. 8 12:30 p.m. Are Public Schools an Endangered Species? Emily Ann Castilleja & Destiny Venecia (Dialogue Students)
Wednesday, Nov. 9 San Marcos Public Library 3:30 p.m. Tunnel Vision: Limitations of Our Linear Education System Rexford H. Draman (Management)
Thursday, Nov. 10 9:30 a.m. Threats to Education: Corporate,Technocratic, and Cultural The Paideians (Philosophy of Education Class)
Thursday, Nov. 10 12:30 p.m. Educational Terrorism Jo Ann Carson & Dialogicians
Friday, Nov. 11 12:30 p.m. Talk of the Times Topic TBA PST (Philosophy Honor Society)

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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