Faculty-Student Working Groups
Working groups provide a casual, semi-structured space to work with faculty in an extracurricular setting.
The Philosophy as a Way of Life Group provides faculty and students from all disciplines the opportunity to investigate what it is to adopt philosophy as a way of life. Topics and readings are decided by members of the group at the start of each semester. Examples of topics include virtue, friendship, love, attention, how best to relate to one’s emotions, what it is to value or care about something, and what is required to live a meaningful or valuable life. Members of the group discuss the readings and then devise experiments in living to try out or test the ideas from them. The group also aims to develop research projects on topics related to living philosophically. If you are interested in joining this group, or have any questions about it, please contact Jacob Stump, Assistant Teaching Professor of Philosophy.
The Indigenous Studies Circle is dedicated to exploring the history, culture, and thought of Indigenous traditions from around the globe. This semester the ISC is reading through portions of Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz’s An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States and listening to episodes from the All My Relations and This Land podcasts. The aim is to provide us with the necessary grounding in historical and legal predicament of Indigenous groups in the United States of America. From here the group plans to move beyond this context to consider Canada and the Americas more generally. Group members dictate the topics and subjects we discuss. The ISC also has at least one field trip a semester. In time, and with group interest, we will begin to shift our focus to building ties to local Indigenous organizations and work to break down the barrier between the academy and the wider community in which we are a part.
For more information on the ISC, contact Getty Lustila (firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you are interested in joining this group, or have any questions about it, inquiries should be directed to Ronald Sandler, Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Ethics Institute.
The AI and Data Ethics Group provides faculty and students from all disciplines the opportunity to study and discuss emerging issues and current research related to information, data, computing and AI ethics. Topics, readings and speakers are decided upon by members of the group on an ongoing basis. Examples of topics include justice and fairness in machine learning, the form and extent of rights to information and technology access, the appropriate roles of institutions to prevent dissemination of misinformation, the responsible collection and sharing of data, AI research oversight models, and the moral status of artificial intelligences. The group also aims to encourage and develop information ethics research projects and collaborations by its members. Students and faculty from any discipline are encouraged to join. If you are interested in joining this group, or have any questions about it, inquiries should be directed to John Basl, Associate Professor of Philosophy.