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Philosophy Events

Philosophical Forum

Once or twice a year the Philosophy Department invites a philosopher to give a public lecture, or a panel of scholars to discuss a philosophical topic of general interest.  All Frostburg State University students, faculty, staff, and community are welcome to attend.  For more information, contact the chair of the department, Dr. Michael Mathias,

Fall 2014 Philosophical Forum:

Beyond Religious Freedom:

Conscience and the Law After Hobby Lobby

by Dr. Austin Dacey

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in Lane Center Atkinson Room (Rm 232)

In June 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that “closely held” for-profit corporations cannot be required to provide health plans including contraception because this violates owners’ free exercise of religion. This talk presents a legal, philosophical and moral case against special protection of religion and for equal treatment of all claims of conscience.

Dr. Dacey is currently a lecturer in the Philosophy Departmet at Frostburg State University.  He is a former NGO (non-governmental organization) representative to the United Nations, and the author of The Secular Conscience: Why Belief Belongs in Public.  His writings have appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, Salon and Dissent.

For info, contact Dr. Michael Mathias at 301-687-3094 or

Fall 2014 Philosophical Forum poster
Recent Philosophical Forums:
Fall 2013 Philosophical Forum:

What Value Food?

Gas Tank or Dinner Table? The Dilemmas of Using Food for Fuel, presented by Dr. Joan Serafin Andorfer, Political Science

Food and a Meaningful Life, presented by Dr. Skott Brill, Philosophy

How Far Should We Eat? Traversing the Ethical Terrain of Eating Locally, presented by Dr. Richard A. Russo, Geography

Moderated by Dr. Shoshana Brassfield, assistant professor of philosophy. 

The forum was presented in conjunction with Food Day--a nationwide celebration and movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food.  The event was also a food drive for the Western Maryland Food Bank, and attendees were encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item.

Phil Forum poster Fall 2013

Spring 2013 Philosophical Forum:

The Gandhian Philosophy of Nonviolence in African Liberation Movements: Lessons for Our Time

Dr. Gail Presby, Univ of Detroit Mercy

Gail Presby poster

Fall 2012 Philosophical Forum:

Economic Justice in America's Election Year

Dr. John Neral, FSU
Dr. Suzanne McCoskey, FSU
Dr. John O'Rorke, FSU
Dr. Jean-Marie Makang, FSU

Moderator: Dr. Michael Mathias, FSU

Fall 2012 Phil Forum Poster

Spring 2012 Philosophical Forum: 

Why You Should Make Up Your Mind Already: 
Descartes and the Virtue of Resolution

Dr. Shoshana Brassfield, FSU
Brassfield Phil Forum poster

Fall 2011 Philosophical Forum:

ThePhilosopher and the Guitar:
Music, Freedom and Human Rights

Dr. Austin Dacey
Dr. Dacey poster


Other Events:

Frederick Douglass, Slavery, Abolition, and the Constitution: 1845 Workshop

This workshop was presented in partnership with Reacting to the Past and the FSU Philosophy Department, History Department, African American Studies Program, Women’s Studies Program, Center for Teaching Excellence Advisory Group, President’s Advisory Council for Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Black Student Alliance, and National Council of Negro Women.

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This project was made possible by a grant from the Maryland Humanities Council, through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this workshop do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the Maryland Humanities Council.

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Additional financial support was provided by the FSU President’s Experiential Learning Fund, the Office of the Provost, the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the FSU Faculty Development and Sabbatical Subcommittee.

For more information, please visit:

Majors Fair

Majors Fair 2           Majors Fair Mathias
In the Fall we set up a booth at the FSU Majors Fairs to recruit new philosophy majors.  In 2011, philosophy majors had fun asking passing students to answer deep philosophical questions.


Annual Social Gathering

Group at gathering          Phil Social 2012
Each spring, as the academic year draws to a close, the department invites all majors and minors to an informal social gathering, where good food and light conversation are enjoyed. This event also serves as the occasion to present the department’s annual award—Certificate of the Society of Socrates and Hypatia—to those students who have demonstrated academic excellence in philosophy.



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