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World Philosophy Day 2018

The Department will host its third World Philosophy Day celebration on November 15th in Ursa Minor in the Bronco Student Center from 9:45AM to 3PM. All are welcome! Lunch will be served. Register here.

Flyer advertising World Philosophy Day

9:45AM     Welcome and Refreshments
10AM        Why Philosophy?
10:20AM   Faculty Talk: Dr. Michael Cholbi
10:40AM   Meet the Students and Philosophy Club
11AM        Featured Alumni Talk: Heather Poole
11:30AM   Featured Alumni Panel:
Elke Azpeitia, Kristofer Harris, David Mier, and Elizabeth Muehlmann
12PM        Student-Alumni Mixer and Lunch Served
1:15PM     California Center for Ethics and Policy
1:20PM     Ethics Bowl Demonstration.
Special Guest Judge: Mathew McGuthry
2PM         Meet the Faculty
2:30PM    Faculty Talk: Dr. Dale Turner
2:50PM    Closing




The California Center for Ethics and Policy (CCEP)

The Cal Poly Pomona Philosophy Department and College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences is proud to announce the launch of the California Center for Ethics and Policy (CCEP), directed by Professor of Philosophy Michael Cholbi. The Center will provides programs that foster public dialogue about ethics and policy issues facing California and similiar communities. CCEP's programs will focus on an annual theme. The theme for 2018-19 will be health care access and health justice

2018-2019 CCEP Events

CCEP will host an election fair, Tuesday, October 9, 12PM-6PM, in the Bronco Student Center, Ursa Minor. It will include a voter registration drive, as well as representatives for and against November’s 12 state ballot propositions.

Election Fair Flyer, announcing that event will be held on October 9th from 12pm to 6pm in the Bronco Student Center, Ursa Minor Room

In December 2018, CCEP and the Department of Philosophy will host a holiday event featuring the CPP Ethics Bowl team.

In the Spring 2019, Professor David Adams will lead a seminar (Ethics and Policy, 4400) on healthcare justice, with an emphasis on healthcare challenges in California.

Philosophy Club Events Calendar

To stay current on Philosophy Club updates, consider following the club on Instagram @CPPPhilosophyClub


Speaker Series, Fall 2018 

Ryan Preston-Roedder (Occidental College), Thursday, November 1st, 12pm

Flyer for Ryan Preston-Roedder talk November 1st, 12pm, Building 5 Room 214

Eleonore Neufeld (University of Southern California), Thursday, October 4th, 12pm, in the Bronco Student Center, England Evans Room

Flyer for talk to be given by Elli Neufeld on Thursday, October 4th in the Bronco Student Center, England Evans Room

Manuel Vargas (University of California, San Diego), "The Philosophy of Accidentality: Notes on a Mexican Existentialism," Thursday, September 6th, 12PM, in Andromeda AB in the Bronco Student Center

Information about the date and time of Dr. Vargas' talk

Career and Community-Related Events, Fall 2018

Career Center Workshop, September 2018

LSAT Prep Discussion, October 11th 2018

Paul An speaks on October 18th about a Disability Awareness Event (which will take place in April 2019)

"Brown Bag" Series for Works in Preparation

Professor Michael Cholbi, "A Duty to Grieve" October 25th

Speaker Series, Spring 2019

Tuesday, March 19th, 12pm: Todd May (Clemson University)


Congratulations to philosophy major Valerie Marquez for being awarded the Panetta Institute Congressional Internship in the Fall 2018.

Valerie Marquez, a junior majoring in philosophy, will represent Cal Poly Pomona as this year’s Panetta Institute Congressional intern.

Professors Cholbi and Madva interviewed about their article defending Black Lives Matter's call to abolish the death penalty

Dr. Cholbi speaks about Black Lives Matter and capital punishment at the Hip Hop SymposiumDr. Madva speaks about Black Lives Matter and capital punishment at the Hip Hop Symposium

Conference for Outstanding Senior Theses: Featuring thesis presentations by:

  • Joshua Ebiner, "Global Justice: Practical Approaches to Discharge Responsibility," with comments by Bernard Granados;
  • Kristofer Harris, "A Rejection of Frankfurtian Compatibilism," with comments by Brianna Dearman;
  • Jasmine Diaz, "On the Intersection of Drugs and Poverty: Reshaping the Philosophical Debate for Drug Decriminalization," with comments by Valerie Marquez; and
  • Jordan Garcia, "The Toxic Habit of Masculine Aggression: A Reply to Frye's 'Oppression'," with comments by Allie Davis. May 11th, 12pm-4pm, New Business Building 163-1032.

Philosophy and psychology majors put on Cut the BiaS fundraising concert and speaker series at the Fox Theater in Pomona on April 5th, headlined by rapper KRS-One. Organizers were students in Philosophy Professor Alex Madva's Philosophy and Psychology of Implicit Bias course, including Marmar Tavasol, Jay Ramzy, Hailey Arzaga, Jordan Garcia, Valerie Marquez, AJ Keller, Jesse Ibarra, Danielle Aguilerra, Jasmine Diaz, Clarissa Madrid, Amber Ricafrente, and Valerie Felix.

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World Philosophy Day celebration: The Department will host its second World Philosophy Day celebration on Thursday, November 9, 1:00-5:30, on the 8th floor of the CLA (the 'pointy building'). This is a great opportunity students, alumni, faculty, and department friends to celebrate philosophy and the Philosophy Department.

The schedule for the event is below — all alumni are very welcome! Please RSVP to Dr. Cholbi ( or to Dr. Gasdaglis ( Hope to see many of you there!

World Philosophy Day At CPP

Date: Thursday, 11.9.17
Location: CLA Tower, Building 98 (Pointy Building), Heritage Room

12:45 Welcome to World Philosophy Day! (Snacks)
1-1:30 First Faculty Talk: “Intersectionality as a Regulative Ideal” Katie Gasdaglis, Alex Madva.
1:30-1:45 Alumnus Noel Palm Presents
1:45-2:05 Meet the faculty; Current students ask the faculty questions. 
2:05-2:15 Meet the students; Faculty ask current students questions.
2:15-2:30: Coffee break!
2:30-3:10 Ethics Bowl Demo
3:10-3:40 Alumni John Balla and Mat McGuthry present.
3:45-4:15 Second Faculty Talk: Michael Cholbi, “The Paradox of Grief"
4:15-5:30 Alumni-Student Mixer (light food and non-alcoholic drinks will be served)

Department continues 'brown bag' research series: The Department holds monthly meetings at which department faculty discuss a work in progress. These 'brown bag' meetings will be held on Thursdays, 12-1. All members of the campus community, including studens, are invited — please feel free to bring your lunch. The papers for discussion will be distributed beforehand; please e-mail Dr. Cholbi for a copy of the current paper.

BROWN BAG SCHEDULE 2017-18: Dr. Corwin Aragon, "Faces of Epistemic Oppression." Thursday, October 19, 12-1 (building 5, room 214)

Students and faculty welcome Kitcher for climate change discussion: In August, the philosophy department hosted Dr. Philip Kitcher, John Dewey Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, for a discussion of his book Seasons Alter: How to Save Our Planet in Six Acts. Department faculty and students read the book, a series of dialogues on climate change and climate policy, as part of the department's annual summer reading group.

Photo of Philip Kitcher with CPP Philosophy faculty and students, holding copies of his book, which is entitled The Seasons Alter


Philosophy students continue on to graduate study: Congratulations to our graduates who have gone on to pursue PhDs in philosophy! This fall, Mathew McGuthrie is beginning at Stanford and Derick Hughes is beginning at University of Colorado, Boulder.

Lecture by Dr. Aaron James on surfing and philosophy: Dr. James, Professor of Philosophy at University of California, Irvine, will present 1:00-2:30, Friday March 3.

Lecture by Dr. Brian Kim, "The value of knowledge": Dr. Kim, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Oklahoma State University, will be presenting "The value of knowledge", 12-1, location TBA.

World Philosophy Day November 17: The Department held a celebration of philosophy, including guest lectures by former students and current faculty, panels on careers for philosophy majors, information about the philosophy major and student activities (including Ethics Bowl and the Clinical Ethics Practicum), and information and networking opportunities for students interested in legal careers. All department classes will be cancelled that day! More details to come. Contact Dr. Gasdaglis for additional information.

Assistant Professor Madva joins Philosophy DepartmentThe Department welcomes Alex Madva, PhD Columbia University, as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Madva's work centers on the questions that research in social psychology raises for philosophy of mind, philosophy of race and feminism, and applied ethics (especially prejudice and discrimination).

Assistant Professor Aragon joins Philosophy DepartmentThe Department welcomes Cory Aragon, PhD University of Colorado, as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Aragon's work centers on social and political philosophy (particularly structural injustice), philosophy of race, feminism and environmental ethics. He previously taught at Concordia College (Minnesota).

Drs. Aragon and Madva were interviewed about their work by The Post Post. (And no, they didn't coordinate...)

Photo of new assistant professors, Alex Madva (left) and Cory Aragon (right)



Department organizes two-day conference on bias and social injustice: Department faculty member Alex Madva has arranged for a two-day conference on "Bias in Context: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Discrimination and Inequality." Details:

  • May 12-13, 2016, campus locations to be announced
  • Speakers:  Erin Beeghly (University of Utah); Irene Blair (CU-Boulder); Tiffany Brannon (UCLA); Cory Gooding (University of San Diego)Jules Holroyd (University of Sheffield); Emily Lee (Cal State Fullerton)
  • Free and open to the public — registration not required
  • First in a four-part conference series, through October 2017, with additional events at the University of Sheffield and the University of Utah
  • More Conference on Bias information

Visiting lecture on missing and murdered indigenous women: Katie Stockdale, a PhD candidate at Dalhousie University, will present a lecture entitled “Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women: A Feminist Relational Approach to Responsibility, Solidarity, and Social Justice”, at noon, Tuesday, April 5, building 5, room 255. All are welcome to attend

Department hosts Los Angeles Regional High School Ethics Bowl, Janury 2016: The campu hosted 14 teams from a number of local high school teams as they competed for a place in the national High School Ethics Bowl finals.

New tenure-track faculty member joins Philosophy Department: The department welcomes Katherine Gasdaglis, PhD Columbia University, hired for the department's Assistant Professor position in Early Modern philosophy.  Dr. Gasdaglis's research focuses on Kant's theoretical philosophy, philosophy of mind, and feminism.