Welcome, philosophers, to a new academic year! We are excited about the classes and activities we have planned. Be sure to click on the button on the sidebar if you want to get email notifications of philosophical happenings.
One upcoming event is “Light on the Hill”, a fun evening kick-off to the semester. There will be food trucks and some ceremony involving a cannon and candles. Also, we will be giving away philosophy T-SHIRTS, so be sure to get one!
Light on the Hill is on Tuesday, August 30, at 6:30 pm on the “Block A Lawn” (is that where the “A” thingy is? In the past the ceremony is at the old amphitheater on Old Main Hill. Anyway, the event will be somewhere near Old Main!)
We will be celebrating our philosophy majors graduating this spring, and inducting members into our honor society. If you are a philosophy major and would like to join in the dinner and celebration, please send a note to charlie.huenemann@usuphilosophy. The dinner will be on Tuesday, May 3rd, at 6:30 pm, at the Beehive Grill. Please respond by midnight Wednesday (4/20) so we have an accurate headcount!
Logan native Kevin White earned a BA with a double-major in JCOM and Spanish at USU in 1991. He has had a wide-ranging career with a variety of tech companies in Salt Lake and Utah Counties, and he currently is Director of Global Sales Development at Visa’s office in Lehi. Kevin is very interested in raising awareness of opportunities for our students at his company—we can extrapolate from Kevin’s experience to that of many other ‘Silicon Slopes’ firms.
There will be an information session with Kevin for students, faculty, and staff this Friday, April 8th, 1:00PM at the Alumni House (food and beverages provided). This will be a low-key opportunity to socialize and learn more about career options.
Richard Sherlock, Professor of Philosophy at USU, will retire at the end of this academic year. We are planning a retirement event for him on Thursday, April 7th, 3-5 p.m., in the Caine Room (room 212 in the Family Life building).
“Just War theory and American military intervention in Ukraine”
Most of the discussion around the possibility of NATO establishing a “no fly zone” over Ukraine has focused on the strategic and military aspects of that possibility. But the moral dimensions – just war theory – have not been much discussed. At this event there will be a presentation on just war theory and the relevant moral considerations followed by lively discussion.
Our own chapter of the national philosophy honor society, Phi Sigma Tau, has been dormant over the whole COVID thing. We had an online induction ceremony back in February of 2021, but haven’t done anything since.
But now it is perhaps safe to resume our activities! If you are interested in joining Phi Sigma Tau, and meet the requirements, please send me a note (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please send me a note even if some months ago you already sent me a note, because I want to be sure not to forget anybody.
The requirements are as follows:
• You must have completed 1.5 semesters at USU; • You must have a 3.3 cumulative GPA; • You must have completed (or are now completing) three Philosophy classes; • You must have a B average in your Philosophy classes.