Philosophy Symposiums & Roundtables

Humor & Laughter (and Offense?)

Wednesday, April 1st (6:30pm – 8:30pm)
Special Guest:  Dr. J. Angelo Corlett

RA Interpretive & Convention Center
(101 Reeder’s Alley, Helena MT 59601)

In this combo symposium-drive-in night, we’ll look at some of comedy’s most beloved (and oft controversial) greats, focusing primarily on the work of Dave Chapelle. After watching some video clips, we’ll explore and discuss such questions as:

  • What is the role (or point) of humor and laughter? 
  • What’s the difference between an offense and a harm?
  • What makes comedy great?
  • Is there a difference between using a word and mentioning a word and does it matter? 
  • Do comedians have certain obligations?  What about listeners? 
  • And more…

This event will feature special guest speaker and philosopher from San Diego State University, Dr. J. Angelo Corlett.

FREE.  $10 suggested donation.  Light snacks provided.  BYOB.  Space is limited.  To RSVP….click on the button below.

*Based on the interest in this event and related happenings, there is strong possibility that we will need to move our drive-in night from Wed. April 1st to Thursday, April 2nd (and change the venue from Reeder’s Alley to Carroll College).  The event will still be free to the public and the same format, though will start at 7pm and run through 9pm.  We will update our website asap!*

Our 2018-2019 Philosophy Symposium Series

Our 2018-2019 Philosophy Symposium Series — “The Environment, Ethics & Stewardship” — was a three-part series of community events that looked at various philosophical issues and perspectives related to the environment, ethics, and conservation stewardship.  Each symposium featured guest panelists, a facilitator, and ample 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.

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

Carroll College

(Thursday 09/20/18)

Public vs. Private Lands (including individual rights, collective rights, indigenous rights, other)

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

Carroll College

( Thursday 12/06/18)

Landowner-Steward & Wildlife-Habitat Relationships

“The Environment, Ethics & Stewardship” (Part 3)

Carroll College

(Thursday 03/14/19)

Current & Future Environmental and Conservation Challenges

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

 

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

 

 

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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