Author Archives: michaelotteson

Aggie Agora Podcast on the War in Ukraine

I was fortunate enough to interview Anna Pechenkina, an international relations scholar here at USU who happens to be a native Russian speaker from eastern Ukraine, on my podcast. She is incredibly knowledge and incisive, and I learned a ton from her. You might also find this interesting in light of recent events. We in part consider some of the possible outcomes and ethical questions surrounding the conflict in addition to the history of Ukraine and some of the key figures on both sides of the war.

Mormon Reading Group

I know that this is short notice but will not come as a huge surprise to you: we are meeting tomorrow for the Mormon Theological Introduction reading group tomorrow at 2:30. We will meet by the Philosophy/Comm Study office. I am looking forward to discussing the Introduction and first three chapters of the book.

Reading Group

This semester, we are reading a theological work on Mormon in the Book of Mormon. It is written by a philosopher, and it’s about the concept of apocalypse, so that’s always fun. If you are interested, here is the link to the book:

We are going to meet next week. I wanted to take a quick poll to see when we could get as many people as are interested in coming. Here are the potential options. I set the options for next week, but the pattern would be to meet once every other week when the philosophy club is not meeting.

Reading Group

Hello everyone,

I hope your semesters are going well. A few students and I are going to start a reading group this semester. We were thinking of reading Christine Korsgaard’s Sources of Normativity or perhaps one of the new theological introductions to the Book of Mormon that former USU professor Philip Barlow co-edited. We are having our first meeting this Tuesday (10/28) at 4:00 on the quad by Old Main. I would like to invite you all to come. We can make final decisions about what to read then depending on what people are more interested in.