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Lunch with Nate Putnam on Wednesday

If you’re interested in attending, RSVP to Andrea (see bottom of the following blurb):

Nathan Putnam (Philosophy, 2006) is CEO of Monumetric, a Farmington-based firm that uses data, analytics and optimization strategies to unlock earning potential for people who publish content online. He believes in building people and strives to put value first in every relationship, whether personal or business. He aligns himself with causes, companies and people who seek to leave the world better than the way they found it. Join the College of Humanities and Social Sciences on January 30th, TSC Center/West Colony room at 12PM, and see where your (CHaSS) degree can take you! Enjoy a free lunch while you learn from Nate’s experiences in the tech marketing industry, and hear how he went from Philosophy major to CEO. Open to all students, but seating is limited. Please RSVP: andrea.dehaan[at]usu.edu

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Diversity institutes for philosophy undergraduates

The APA is pleased to announce that several student applications are open for 2019 summer diversity institutes in philosophy.

Diversity institutes give young philosophers the support and information they need to pursue a successful and meaningful career studying philosophy. The institutes were founded to address a lack of diverse representation in academic philosophy and thus focus on preparing women, people of color, LGBTQ+ folks, people with disabilities, first-generation students, and other diverse scholars for graduate study in philosophy.

More info here

To beard or not to beard?

The ethics of beards is discussed here. An excerpt:

But, while this may make some rational sense, Pratt acknowledges that growing a beard seems like a strange moral obligation; plus, facial hair has loaded connotations in many cultures. “It’s a symbol of manliness. In fact, it’s a symbol of patriarchy,” writes Pratt. “Growing beautiful facial hair might be the equivalent of creating a beautiful painting that’s oppressive towards women.”

Intercollegiate Studies Institute Conference

FREE Undergraduate Student Conference Saturday, January 19th (Students can apply at: sforce.co/2Qd7t1x – by January 16th)

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“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

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.