Activities and Events

The Philosophy Department sponsors or contributes to a variety of programs and events. Information on several of these may be found below. See also the Philosophy Club page for information on club-sponsored events. Contact the Department for further information on any of these programs and events.

The Global African Studies Program

The program in Global African Studies is directed by Professor Olufemi Taiwo of the Department of Philosophy. This program provides education and forums for discussion about the experiences of peoples of African descent in the African continent and the Americas, examining the diverse cultural forms that have resulted from the distribution of African peoples throughout the world. The program includes the Global African Studies minor, allowing students to integrate these topics into their undergraduate Core curriculum.

Ethics Bowl

The Ethics Bowl is a competition in ethical analysis for undergraduates.  Teams of three to five undergraduates are posed questions on a wide range of ethical topics.  Team responses are judged for soundness of reasoning, focus on and sensitivity to ethically relevant factors, and deliberative thoughtfulness.

Northwest Society for Phenomenology, Existentialism, and Hermeneutics

A long-standing forum for discussion among scholars in areas pertaining to Continental philosophy, NESPEH conducts regular meetings with visiting scholars. Membership includes faculty from a number of universities in the Northwest region.

Northwest Lonergan Symposium

This forum brings together local area scholars interested in the work of Jesuit philosopher and theologian, Bernard Lonergan. An annual meeting is devoted to discussing selected readings. This meeting draws faculty from multiple Seattle University departments and schools, and from multiple universities in the Northwest region. Its membership includes students, professionals, and independent scholars. The meetings, which occur in January, also seek to serve as an opportunity for those who are unfamiliar with Lonergan's work to be introduced to it. Contact the Department to be added to the e-mail list.