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Social Events and Workshops

Friday, March 15th from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in COB1 320 we will hold Applying to Graduate School Workshop

Friday, April 12th from 3 to 5 p.m. in COB1 320 we will hold Jobs for Philosophers Workshop

Friday, May 10th from 3 to 5 p.m. at Elizabeth's Garden we will host a Graduation Party

Philosophy Speaker Series

A series of talks scheduled during term time, with a mix of event types (e.g. movie nights and external speakers). Information from past talks are in the Events Archive and some recordings are available on our Youtube channel. All talks are on a Friday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in COB1 320, unless otherwise specified.

Susi Ferrarello (CSU East Bay) January 19th, "The Problem of Idealization in Empathy and Ethics"

Andrea Pitts (UNC Charlotte) February 23rd, “We’re All on the Line”: U.S. Women of Color Coalition Building through the Digital Turn

Toby Napoletano (UC Merced) May 3rd, "Desert or Dignity? Rethinking Wage Injustice"


Jorge Mendoza Talk for Philosophy Speaker Series, 2016

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Examined Life 

Starting on January 22nd, Examined Life will be occurring every Monday 2–3 pm in room COB1 320. Examined Life is an informal group that comes together to brainstorm philosoophical questions or topics. We choose a question/topic from participant's suggestions in the following four categories:

  • What I have been thinking about,
  • What everyone is talking about,
  • What no one is talking about,
  • and A bold idea.

Our goal with Examined Life is to create a space where individuals from any major can come together to philosophical topics of their choice. Contact for more information.

Minorities and Philosophy

Minorities and Philosophy at University of California Merced is an undergraduate led chapter of MAP International that is committed to examining and addressing issues of minority participation within academic philosophy. MAP at UC Merced facilitates conversations on issues in philosophy pertaining to gender, race, minorities, sexual orientation, class, and disability. If you would like to be added to the mailing list (this is separate from the philosophy program mailing list), register here. You can also email the current MAP President:

Minorities and Philosophy 2023