A Summer Institute for Undergraduates


July 17–28, 2006

The Association for Feminist Ethics and Social Theory (FEAST) is pleased to announce
the Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute (PIKSI).

This institute is designed to encourage undergraduate students from under-represented groups to consider future study in the field of philosophy. PIKSI will emphasize the on-going project of greater inclusiveness that is transforming the discipline, inviting students to be participants in the conversation.

PIKSI is permanently housed at the Rock Ethics Institute at Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania. The Director and the theme will change on a regular basis.

Inaugural Theme: Living Philosophy: Experience and Transformation.
Director: Professor Shannon Sullivan, Philosophy and Women’s Studies at Penn State

This year’s theme will explore philosophy as a living, dynamic enterprise generated out of both everyday and extraordinary human experience. Abstract philosophical reflection often arises out of the puzzles, problems, aspirations, and anxieties of real life, making philosophy a passionate and meaningful enterprise. Combining standard texts with feminist theory, critical race theory, disability theory, and other nontraditional work, students will investigate how lived experience has helped shape philosophical reflection from its earliest beginnings to today. Through readings, writing assignments, visiting lecturers, and professional development mentoring, students will learn that their own perspectives and experiences can contribute to the ongoing development of philosophy.
GUEST FACULTY: Lucius Outlaw, Vanderbilt University and Linda Alcoff, Syracuse University

If you know promising undergraduate women or men from underrepresented groups such as African Americans, Chicano/as and Latino/as, Native Americans, Asian Americans, LGBTs, economically disadvantaged communities, and people with disabilities, please consider alerting them to this program and serving as their sponsor. (Click here for details.)

Transportation to and from the institute, room and board, and a small stipend will be provided for participants. While we expect that most students will come from four-year colleges, promising students from two-year institutions are also welcome.

For further information also contact PIKSI Board Members Eva Feder Kittay, Chair, Barbara Andrew, Joan Callahan, Sarah Miller, Naomi Scheman, Anita Silvers, and, Nancy Tuana.

Check updates on Website:http://rockethics.psu.edu/piksi

A FEAST Project made possible by the generous support of the Rock Ethics Institute and the American Philosophical Association