New Philosophers' Club
The club is a group that meets once a month, typically on Fridays in Gest 101 over dinner. One speaker gives a short (5-10 minute) presentation that's meant to give a controversial exposition to a question, which is then opened up for a free-flowing debate. The brevity of time means that the talk cannot be a systematic point, but rather a single controversial one. We then discuss it for the next hour and a half or so, which allows students to come and take part in philosophy free of the stresses and rigors of academics while simultaneously pushing students to express themselves better.
The meetings are free and open to the public. Regardless of if you're a major, minor, or just have a passing interest in philosophy, werre always happy to have new faces.
Topics have included "Das Man and Masculinity", "The Complications of Determinism", and "Happiness and Virtue in Netflix's House of Cards." There is also a yearly symposium, where students submit, judge, and award the best papers for a cash prize – one for first-year students and one for upperclassmen.