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Extracurricular Activities

  • Philosophy Club/Philosophical Society.  The philosophy club organizes social events that often include discussion of philosophical ideas.  Over the last few years, they have watched and discussed movies with philosophical themes, hosted receptions for visiting speakers, organized an oyster roast with department faculty, discussed our faculty’s "private philosophical passions", and traveled to philosophy conferences in Washington, D.C., and Atlanta, GA. You can follow them on Facebook here.
  • The Aesthetics Work Group is an interdisciplinary group of students and professors who meet periodically to discuss theoretical works about and in the arts. The work is often (usually) works in progress by members of AWG, but we also read current articles and books that are relevant to the interests of the group. AWG has also co-sponsored visits by distinguished scholars from other institutions. Topics in the past have included participatory art (visiting faculty), aesthetic disobedience (faculty), the politics of form in Tibetan poetry (student), cover records as social commentary (visiting faculty), metaphor and metaphysics in Zhuangzi (student), ethical and emotional expression in music (faculty), environmental aesthetics (visiting faculty), the transgender gaze in film (faculty) and many more. It is led by Jonathan Neufeld in the philosophy department and is regularly attended by students and faculty from German, English, Religious Studies, Music, Art, Art History, Political Science, and Psychology.