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Diverse Philosophies Club

Annual Student Conference

The Diverse Philosophies Club hosts the Annual William & Mary Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, a tradition which started in March 2011. The Conference is a two-day long event in which students from the College and other universities share papers, receive critical feedback from each other and faculty, and enjoy a keynote lecture by a notable guest philosopher.

The 2020 conference was postponed from Spring 2020 to Fall 2020. The Fall conference will take place on Zoom. A call for papers has been issued. If you would like to have your work considered, please send it to wmundergradphilcon@gmail.com by September 1st. Your submission doesn't have to be a final draft; more detail is better, but if you can give us an outline of your argument, we'll consider you for the conference. We welcome current students and anyone who has graduated in the past year. 

William & Mary held its ninth undergraduate philosophy conference on April 6 & 7, 2019. The program is here: 2019 Undergraduate Philosophy Conference Program (.pdf) 

Weekly Discussions

The William & Mary Diverse Philosophies Club provides an exciting atmosphere in which students have the opportunity to interact with one another and faculty outside the context of a classroom environment. Its aim is to dedicate discussion to valuable ideas in philosophy, with a special emphasis on underrepresented work, new perspectives, and diverse authorship. Open to majors and non-majors alike, the Diverse Philosophies Club allows students to pursue their philosophical interests wherever they may take them, including areas beyond the scope of classes typically offered at the College. Activities include weekly discussions, lectures by guest philosophers, and a picnic each semester where students challenge faculty in a friendly game of volleyball.  

Fall 2020 meetings. The discussion group met on Friday afternoons by Zoom through the summer of 2020, and is likely to continue that way in the near future. Please contact one of the co-facilitators to get on the e-mail list, which will keep you up with the topics and meetings from week-to-week.

2020-21 Diverse Philosophies Club Co-Facilitators
Student Co-Facilitators

Jake Beardsley, E-mail: jlbeardsley@email.wm.edu
Jared Jones, E-mail:

Faculty Adviser


Keeping Up With Events

Interested students are encouraged to e-mail the co-facilitators to be added to the listserv. You should also check out the department's Facebook page for the latest updates on philosophy club events.

See the event calendar for this year's department colloquia, which philosophy club members are encouraged to attend.