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Philosophy Events

Philosophical Forum

Once a semester the Philosophy Department invites a philosopher to come and speak to the community.  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 2013 Philosophical Forum:

What Value Food?

Thursday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. in Lane 111

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

Phil Forum poster Fall 2013

Presentations by faculty representing three disciplines at FSU will discuss how we use food in society.

Gas Tank or Dinner Table? The Dilemmas of Using Food for Fuel, presented by Dr. Joan Serafin Andorfer, professor of political science, will discuss the global and ethical implications of using food crops as a source of energy.

Food and a Meaningful Life, presented by Dr. Skott Brill, associate professor of philosophy, will focus on how cultivating a particular relationship to food can be important to the pursuit of a meaningful life.

How Far Should We Eat? Traversing the Ethical Terrain of Eating Locally, presented by Dr. Richard A. Russo, assistant professor in the Geography Department, will look at the contributions of geographers to our understanding of how place and distance are connected to the ethical consumption of food.

The forum will be moderated by Dr. Shoshana Brassfield, assistant professor of philosophy. 

For additional info, contact Dr. Michael Mathias at x3094 or

Recent Philosophical Forums:

Spring 2013 Philosophical Forum:

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

Dr. Gail Presby, Univ of Detroit MercyGail 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


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.

FD Workshop poster


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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