Symposia, Events, and Conferences

Symposia, Events, and Conferences

The Department of Philosophy features various events throughout the academic year, including colloquia to workshops, symposia, and conferences, as well as thesis defenses and events from the Student Philosophy Association Student Speaker Series [SPA] and Minorities in Philosophy Speaker Series [MAP]. The department also sponsors interdisciplinary events through CLA Scholarly Intersections [CLA], the University Art Museum [UAM], and with other programs and departments, including the German Program [GERM] and the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies [MRS]: 

The Applied Ethics Forum [AEF] is the university’s primary intellectual venue for extracurricular ethical programming. Its purpose is to foster CSULB’s fundamental mission—the production (research) and dissemination (teaching) of knowledge—regarding ethical issues in applied, practical, professional settings for the benefit of all faculty, students, and community members. The Applied Ethics Forum is funded by a generous grant from the Andre Family Foundation, and features an array of speakers, conferences, and projects on topics in applied ethics each year.

Current Events 


  • Symposium: SP24 Philosophy Day! • 10 May 2024, tba
  • Colloquium [AEF]: Clair Morrissey & Dylan Sabo (Occidental College), ‘Can we exploit non-human animals?‘ • 11 Apr 2024, 5:00pm–7:00pm, LIBR–201
  • Colloquium [AEF]: Gabbrielle Johnson (Claremont McKenna College), ‘Precarious predictions in automated immigration decision-making‘ • 28 Mar 2024, 5:00pm–7:00pm, LIBR–201
  • Student Speaker Series [SPA]: Jason Rosencrantz, ‘Escaping effability‘; Sarah Nolte; ‘Real objects in a fictional state of affairs‘; Travis Barnett, ‘Moral supernaturalism and the imago dei‘ • 07 Mar 2024, 5:00pm–7:00pm, LA4–105
  • Colloquium [AEF]: Kyle Scott (University of California Los Angeles), ‘Care under capitalism‘ • 22 Feb 2024, 5:00pm–7:00pm, LIBR–201
  • Reading Group: Nietzsche [For information, contact organizer Joe Gordon.]
  • Workshop: building community among southern California Philosophy Departments • 19 Jan 2024, 10:00am–2:00pm, Anatol Center
    Participating departments from Santa Monica, Mt. San Antonio, Golden West, Orange Coast, Rio Hondo, and El Camino community colleges [For details, contact organizer Nellie Wieland]
  • Symposium: FA23 Philosophy Day! • 08 Dec 2023, 12:00pm–5:30pm, LA3–106
    Keynote: Paul Franco (University of Washington), ‘A history of metaethics and science and values’
    Alumni Speaker: Andrew Bollhagen (University of California San Diego), ‘Expanding on ‘experimental dead-space”
  • Intersections [CLA]: Brigetta Abel (Macalester College), ‘German without borders: OER and the future of language-learning materials’ • 05 Dec 2023, 7:00pm–8:15pm, LA4–120
  • Colloquium [AEF]: Daniel Story (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo), ‘Digital marionettes: the ethics of nonconsensual deepfakes‘ • 09 Nov 2023, 5:00pm–7:00pm, LIBR–201