We list here a few of the ways in which philosophy graduate students extend themselves outside the classroom. In lieu of providing links that might go dead, we will trust in your ability to use a search engine.
The Department and the PNP program coordinate regular colloquia, typically on Thursday afternoons at 4:15 PM. These represent a major part of the education experience in the department, and graduate students are expected to attend. The current schedule can be found on the Philosophy calendar.
In addition, many students attend talks in other departments, such as Psychology or Classics, or at other universities, such as the philosophy colloquia at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) and Saint Louis University (SLU). It's a good idea to bookmark the relevant webpages, and to seek out the relevant email lists.
There are several workshops for graduate students to present and comment on work in progress. The regular program and PNP both organize dissertation workshops, the former required for all regular graduate students in their third year or beyond and the latter required for all PNP students. These are open to those students who are not required to attend; just contact Anya Plutynski (regular program) or Ron Mallon (PNP).
There are also interdisciplinary workshops in which philosophy students participate regularly:
- WPES [Workshop in Politics, Economics, and Society]; contact Frank Lovett (WUSTL Political Science)
- History & Philosophy of Science & Medicine Brown Bag Series; contact Carl Craver
In addition, the graduate students themselves organize an irregularly scheduled series of work-in-progress talks, called the "Cave Series."
There are several standing reading groups that attract philosophy graduate students. Please contact the Department for more information.
In addition to the standing reading groups, ad hoc reading groups regularly form, to read this or that manuscript or recently published book.
St. Louis is home to several regular conferences, including
- The Robert J. Henle Conference at SLU
- SLACRR [St. Louis Annual Conference on Reasons and Rationality], co-sponsored by UMSL and WUSTL, organized principally by John Brunero and Eric Wiland (at UMSL)
- SLAPSA [St. Louis Area Philosophy of Science Association]; contact Carl Craver
WUSTL also regularly sponsors one-off philosophy conferences. In recent years, these have included conferences on Kantian ethics, ancient philosophy, moral psychology, the philosophy of science, and the philosophy of mind.
Finally, some larger philosophical organizations occasionally meet in St. Louis, including the Society for Philosophy and Psychology (most recently 2006), the Central States Philosophical Association (most recently 2011), and the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association (upcoming 2015).
Graduate Student Governance and Activities
The philosophy graduate students share a variety of responsibilities for the program, and can engage with graduate students in other programs in a variety of ways, including special development workshops and social events. See especially
- The Graduate Student Senate
- Liberman Graduate Center
The philosophy department hosts several regular social events, including a Holiday party in December, and the recruitment weekend in March. There are also wine and cheese receptions after every colloquium, and frequently post-reception refreshments. Those new to St. Louis who want to find about what else is going on could do worse than to consult the event calendars of
- KDHX, an excellent public station dedicated to independent music
- the Riverfront Times, a free weekly paper