Philosophy Symposiums & Roundtables

Our 2018-2019 Philosophy Symposium Series will be looking at numerous philosophical issues & perspectives related to ethics, the environment, and conservation stewardship, ranging from:

  • public vs. private land (including individual rights, collective rights, indigenous rights, other)
  • landowner/steward-wildlife and habitat relationships (including agricultural and ranching relationships), and
  • current & future environmental/conservation challenges

Each symposium in the series will feature 5-6 guest panelists (from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds) and a facilitator.  Panelists will speak for 7-10 minutes each and then the forum will be opened up to free-flowing audience-panelist Q & A.  Scroll down for more detail!

Merlin | Philosophy WalksWe will also be holding a 3-Part Fall Philosophy Walk Series in conjunction with our Philosophy Symposium Series.  Each walk will feature 1-2 guests speakers/philosophers-on-trail and be covering similar intellectual terrain. Learn more about our philosophy walks & walk series here.

Our 2019-2020 Philosophy Symposium Series will be looking at numerous perspectives and philosophical issues related to bioethics.  Once dates are secured and panelists are in place, we will update our website accordingly.  Targeted timeframe for the first symposium event in the series is Winter 2020. This symposium series will be donor & grant dependent.

The 3rd symposium in our 3-Part Philosophy Symposium series on the environment, ethics, and conservation stewardship.  This evening symposium will be facilitated by New York Times journalist & author, Jim Robbins, and focus on numerous philosophical issues & perspectives concerning current and future environmental & conservation challenges.

“The Environment, Ethics & Stewardship” (Part 1)

Carroll College

(The CUBE)

09/20/18 – 6:30pm-10pm

The 1st symposium in our 3-Part Philosophy Symposium series on the environment, ethics, and conservation stewardship.  This evening symposium was facilitated by Elvira Roncalli, PhD and focused on numerous philosophical issues & perspectives concerning public vs. private land (including individual rights, collective rights, indigenous rights, other).

“The Environment, Ethics & Stewardship” (Part 2)

Carroll College

(Simperman Hall)

12/06/18 – 6:30pm-10pm

The 2nd symposium in our 3-Part Philosophy Symposium series on the environment, ethics, and conservation stewardship.  This evening symposium was facilitated by Chris Fuller, PhD and focused on numerous philosophical issues & perspectives concerning landowner-steward & wildlife-habitat relationships.

Guest Panelists

  • Shane M. Boyle, EdD — Independent Educational &  Cultural Consultant, Native Nexus Consulting
  • Edward Glowienka, PhD — Associate Professor in Philosophy, Carroll College
  • Gary Burnett, MA — Conservationist & Executive Director, Heart of the Rockies Initiative
  • Harvey Locke, JD — Co-Founder & Senior Advisor, Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative & Nature Needs Half
  • Thomas Baumeister, PhD — Conservation Educator & Executive Director, Montana WILD
  • Patricia Heiser, PhD — Associate Professor of Earth Science, Carroll College
  • Nick Gevock, MA — Conservation Director, Montana Wildlife Federation
  • Shiloh Hernandez, JD — Attorney, Western Environmental Law Center
  • Patrick Kelly, PhD — Philosopher & Conservationist, University of Montana
  • Marie Z. Bourgeois, MA — Engineer, Certified Biomimicry Professional & Associate Professor, Arizona State University
  • Mark Smillie, PhD — Professor of Philosophy & Department Chair, Carroll College
  • Bill Parsons, PhD — Associate Professor of Political Science, Carroll College
  • Lisa Kemmerer, PhD — Professor of Philosophy & Religion, Montana State University Billings
  • Patrick Burke, MA — Philosophy Instructor & Affiliate Instructor of Wildlands Restoration Program, University of Montana, Missoula 
  • Mary Hollow, MBA — Executive Director, Prickly Pear Land Trust
  • Ben Gabriel — Executive Director, Montana Wilderness Association
  • Bill Milton — Rancher, Conservationist & Facilitator, Milton Ranch LLC
  • Jim Posewitz — Biologist, Conservationist, Author, Founder, Orion – The Hunter’s Institute, Emeritus Board Member, Cinnabar Foundation – TBD

 

Co-Directors

  • Marisa Diaz-Waian, MA — Founder & Executive Director, Merlin CCC
  • Michael Chapman, BS — Volunteer, Merlin CCC
  • Mark Smillie, PhD — Professor of Philosophy & Department Chair, Carroll College

Facilitators

  • Elvira Roncalli, PhD — Associate Professor of Philosophy, Carroll College
  • Chris Fuller, PhD — Director of Hunthausen Center for Peace and Justice, Carroll College
  • Jim Robbins, PhDNew York Times Journalist & Book Author (AOS: Science, Environment, Travel)

 

2018-2019 Philosophy Symposium Series Event Sponsors

  • Philosophy Learning & Teaching Organization (PLATO)
  • Humanities Montana

 

 

 

OPI, DEPARTMENT OF INDIAN EDUCATION

 

Our 2016-2017 Philosophy Symposium Series

Our 2016-2017 Philosophy Symposium Series — “Vulnerable Humanity, Predictable Machines” — was a three-part series of community events geared to initiate a public discussion about the human-technology relationship and the promises and perils of artificial intelligence. All three symposiums featured guest panelists and opportunity for free-flowing audience-panelist discussion.  To watch/listen to the symposium series, as well as view pictures and access resources, click on the applicable box below.

“Vulnerable Humanity, Predictable Machines” (Part 1)

Carroll College

(Thursday 11/17/16)

The 1st symposium in our 3-Part Philosophy Symposium series on the human-technology relationship.

 

“Vulnerable Humanity, Predictable Machines” (Part 2)

Carroll College

(Thursday 04/27/17)

The 2nd symposium in our 3-Part Philosophy Symposium series on the human-technology relationship.

 

“Vulnerable Humanity, Predictable Machines” (Part 3)

The Myrna Loy Center

(Wednesday 11/08/17)

The 3rd symposium in our 3-Part Philosophy Symposium series on the human-technology relationship.

 

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