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. The links to the left give names, dates, and titles of past colloquia since 1995. The Web pages covering the years from 1998 on also contain digital photographs of nearly all of the speakers.

Colloquia Schedule - 2022-23

All talks will be held at 3:10pm in the department library.

Grace Helton: Oct 14th 
Erich Reck: Oct 28th
Holly Smith:  Nov 4th
Shamik Dasgupta: Feb 17th 
Connor Mayo-Wilson: March 10th
(DEX: April 10-11)
Rosa Terlazzo: April 14th
Robert Howell: April 21st
Ishani Maitra: May 5th  
Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa: May 19th
Dustin Stokes: June 2nd

Discussion Groups

Discussion groups meet weekly in various topics. These groups provide an outlet for graduate students to suggest and discuss selected readings specific to their research interests, present their work and receive valuable feedback, and rehearse for presentations. 

DaGERS - Davis Area Group in Ethics and Related Subjects

Bio Lab - Davis Group for Philosophy of Biology

MENTaL - Mind, Epistemology, Neuroscience, Thought, and Language

Llemmma - Language, logic, epistemology, mind, mathematics


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.

Awards Ceremony

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.

UCD Faculty Talks

UC Davis Philosophy faculty are active in presenting papers at conferences and departments throughout the world.

Graduate Student Philosophical Society

The Graduate Student Philosophical Society organizes an annual conference in collaboration with the graduate students in philosophy at UC Berkeley and Stanford.  The conferences rotate between the three universities.  The 2018 conference was held at Stanford. The 2019 conference was held at Berkeley. The 2020 conference will be held at Stanford.

Philosophy Club

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.