The Philosophy Department presents a number of colloquia throughout the academic year. Speakers are drawn from international as well as American universities. Many of them are from campuses in the region, including UC Davis, where our visiting faculty customarily give a talk to the Department.
Click here for dates of upcoming colloquia.
Workshops and Discussion Groups
Workshops in the Philosophy Library occur on Friday afternoons throughout the year. The workshop series offers students, faculty, and the occasional visitor an opportunity to present and discuss their work-in-progress before a friendly audience of their peers.
Three discussion groups for faculty and graduate students meet weekly—one in ethics, one in philosophy of science, and one in logic, language, epistemology, and philosophy of mathematics. Members of the department are also involved in the cognitive science discussion group.
Click here for more information on the ethics group ("DaGERS" - Davis Area Group in Ethics and Related Subjects).
Click here for more information on the philosophy of science group (Bio Lab).
Click here for more information on the logic, language, epistemology, and philosophy of mathematics ("LLEMa").
The Philosophy Department holds occasional philosophy conferences in which visiting speakers present their research. These conferences draw participants and audience members from many different institutions as well as from UC Davis. Recent conferences include the Davis Philosophy Extravaganza (DEX) and the Berkeley-Stanford-Davis Graduate Philosophy Conference.
The undergraduate Philosophy Club meets weekly to discuss philosophical topics. The schedule and location of meetings can be found at the club's web site, here.
u-POW, or undergraduate Philosophically Oriented Women, is a group that mentors undergraduate women in philosophy. Quarterly meetings are devoted to topics such as being one of the few females in the classroom, the climate of the discipline, and applying to graduate school. u-POW aims to address the fact that women are greatly underrepresented in Philosophy (see the statistics at the Society for Women in Philosophy webpage). u-POW's web page is here.
Food for Thought
Food for Thought is held in the fall and spring quarters. Undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and folks who are curious about philosophy meet for an afternoon of discussion and free pizza in the Philosophy Department library on a variety of issues. A look at some FFT events can be found here.
Each year at the end of Spring Quarter, the Philosophy Department holds an awards ceremony, in which are awarded Departmental Citations for outstanding work by undergraduates, and the Michael V. Wedin Teaching Award to graduate students who have distinguished themselves as teaching assistants.