Gangster Movie Film Fest

Watch some classic 70s gangster movies over the next few weeks – to be followed by discussion!




God and Smaug

(Yeah – if only!) No, it’s “God and Smog“, a symposium on “the environment in relation to the perspectives and actions of four religious traditions: Hinduism, Buddhism, traditional Christianity and Mormonism.” The all-day conference will run from 9 to 5 on Wednesday on the 4th floor of the Business building. More details here.

Humanae Vitae documentary and discussion

This year is the 50th anniversary of one of the most significant and controversial encyclical letters of the last several hundred years – Humanae Vitae.  In that encyclical, Pope Paul VI reaffirmed Catholic teachings regarding marriage and family, most notably reaffirming the prohibition of any use of contraception.  The encyclical was, and remains, quite divisive within Catholic circles.  And given the large role the Catholic Church plays in social services and medical care, the encyclical has reverberated throughout the culture for the last 50 years.

The USU Catholic Newman Center is sponsoring a documentary film and discussion on the topic.  On Wednesday, Oct 3, from 6-8pm, we will watch “Unprotected: A Pope, the Pill, and the Perils of Sexual Chaos”.  Eccles Sciences Learning Center, room 053.  After the film, there will be a discussion time led by Dr Sherlock and Dr Kleiner.

All are welcome.

Puget Sound UG philosophy conference

Puget Sound
Undergraduate Philosophy Conference
January 31 – February 1, 2019
University of Puget Sound
Tacoma, WA
Keynote address by Professor Manuel Vargas
(Department of Philosophy, University of California, San Diego)
Call for Papers
We welcome papers from undergraduate students on any topic of
philosophy. Selection criteria will include both overall quality
as well as diversity of theme and thesis. Submissions should be
approximately 3000 words and should include a brief abstract
(no more than 250 words.) Longer papers will be considered but
presenters will have 30 minutes to present their work.
Submission deadline: September 30th, 2018.
Send submissions (prepared for anonymous review, in
Microsoft Word format) as an email attachment to
In the body of the email include the author’s name, college
affiliation, contact information, and title of the paper. Include
no identifying information in the file with the paper.
Decisions will be made by late October.
For more information, check the conference website:
or email with any questions.

Undergrad Journal Opportunity

Of possible interest to USU PHIL majors:


Stance: An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal seeks undergraduate philosophy students to serve as manuscript reviewers.

Stance reviewers hone their writing, researching, and analysis skills by evaluating original papers by some of the world’s most talented undergraduate scholars. Reviewers must have advanced undergraduate experience in philosophy, strengths in writing and editing, and the self-motivation necessary to complete work by given deadlines. A letter of recommendation from a professor who is familiar with the student’s philosophical abilities is required.

Stance has two types of manuscript reviewers. “External Reviewers” evaluate two or three manuscripts, typically in late January or early February. “Assistant Editorial Board Members” serve on our major review teams. Assistant Editorial Board Members consider approximately 20 -30 papers in December. All reviewers receive training material that explains what is expected in the formal review and are guided by an experienced Stance staff member. Reviewers are credited in both the print and electronic versions of the journal.

To apply, please visit and follow the instructions provided on the Call for Reviewers.

Please contact us at with any questions you may have.

Deadline: October 19, 2018