Author Archives: Huenemann

About Huenemann

Curious about the ways humans use their minds and hearts to distract themselves from the meaninglessness of life.

Intercollegiate Studies Institute Conference

FREE Undergraduate Student Conference Saturday, January 19th (Students can apply at: – by January 16th)

 Poster: utahconference

“Becoming Whole: From Secular Learning to Religious Living” – a free all-day undergraduate student conference will be held on January 19th, in Provo, at BYU’s Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center.

Let’s take a lesson from some of our dedicated Utah faculty and learn about how education ought to enhance our religious experience, and how our religious experience should enhance and direct our academic and professional contributions. Our speakers will be Dr. Ralph Hancock (Brigham Young University), Dr. Harrison Kleiner (Utah State University), and Dr. Carl Scott (Utah Valley University). The theme of each of their lectures will be on how a secular book/author of their choice has increased their understanding of a foundational principle of their religious denomination, and how this experience inspires their actions and beliefs. Join us at Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center on January 19th, and get to know some of our brilliant students and faculty across Utah and Idaho that are also striving to understand how to cultivate virtue, personal responsibility, and a greater sense of justice.

“The philosopher whose dealings are with divine order himself acquires the characteristics of order and divinity.” – Plato, The Republic


Need help writing a philosophy paper?

We have this site on the blogroll on the right (“How to write philosophy”), but I thought I’d call attention to it explicitly since we find ourselves at the beginning of a new term. Useful pointers – even for those of us who *think* we already know how to do this!

Two visits by USU philosophy alumni

Two USU philosophy majors of years gone by will be visiting campus, and students are encouraged to meet with them, and join them for a lunch presentation, to hear about their post-USU careers. This is a good opportunity to begin thinking about how to navigate your life after graduation, and to consider the wide range of jobs you are well-suited for, even if you don’t yet realize it.

I will post more details about their lunch presentations as they are made available. Also, if anyone is interested in helping with their visit (walking them around campus, introducing them at lunch), please contact me (Huenemann).

  • Nate Putnam (Philosophy ’06, MBA ‘12) is tentatively scheduled to visit on Wednesday, January 30th. Currently the CEO of Monumetric, he is eager to share his experiences working in the area of tech advertising, which may appeal to a wide range of students.
  • Ben Kolendar (Philosophy) will visit on Thursday, April 4. Ben has substantial government experience at both the local and national level and currently works as Deputy Director for the Department of Economic Development in the Salt Lake City Mayor’s office. He is eager to share his experiences since leaving USU with our students, and will be on campus from 11-1 that day for an alumni lunch presentation.

“Understanding in Community” conference

The Greater Philadelphia
Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference
sponsored by
The Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium
Villanova University Phi Sigma Tau and Department of Philosophy
Call for papers on the theme
Understanding in Community
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Garey Hall 10A
Villanova University, 800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA 19085
Organizers: James Benecke, Jessie Dern-Sisco, and Ian Maley
Philosophical essays are welcome on any topic, but preference will be given to papers that reflect this year’s theme “Understanding in Community.” Only undergraduates may submit papers.

More details here: GPPC 2019 CFP FINAL

Midwest Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

Call for Papers
The 21st Annual
Midwest Undergraduate Philosophy Conference
Creighton University
April 26-27, 2019
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Valerie Hardcastle
Submission Guidelines: Submissions from all interested undergraduates on any
philosophical topic are welcome. Please limit submissions to one paper per student.
Papers should be a maximum of 30 minutes reading time (approximately 10-12
pages double-spaced). Authors should include their name, school, email address,
telephone number, paper title, and an abstract of no more than 250 words
separately in the body of the email. All submissions should be suitable for blind
review, with no identifying marks appearing anywhere in the body of the paper.
Papers will be blind reviewed by the officers of the Creighton University chapter of
Phi Sigma Tau. Selected speakers will be notified on a rolling basis but no later than
March 1st.
Deadline for receipt of papers: February 1st, 2019.
Submissions: Papers should be submitted via email (with paper attached in an
anonymized file) to
Location: The conference will be held on the campus of Creighton University in
Omaha, Nebraska.
Accommodations and Travel: While we cannot provide reimbursement for travel
or accommodations, students with accepted papers are encouraged to seek funding
from their home institutions. We will be happy to provide documentation
concerning their participation.
For further information (including help with accommodations): Please contact
Phi Sigma Tau President Alyssa Ellerbusch at