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2014 Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute (PIKSI)

The Association for Feminist Ethics and Social Theory (FEAST) announces the

Ninth Annual Summer Institute for Undergraduates

June 14–June 21, 2014

PIKSI 2014-2

Co-sponsored by the Rock Ethics InstituteCollege of the Liberal Arts
and American Philosophical Association


What is the Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute?

This seven-day institute is designed to encourage undergraduate students from under-represented groups to consider future study in the field of philosophy. PIKSI will emphasize the on-going project of greater inclusiveness that is transforming the discipline, inviting students to be participants in the conversation.

PIKSI will be permanently housed at the Rock Ethics Institute on the campus of the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania. The director and the theme will change on a regular basis.

If you know promising undergraduate women or men from underrepresented groups such as African Americans, Chicano/as and Latino/as, Native Americans, Asian Americans, LGBT persons, economically disadvantaged communities, and people with disabilities, please call this program to their attention. In addition, please consider serving as their “sponsor.” Faculty sponsors mentor students, helping them to prepare their applications, and, when possible and appropriate, work with the students after the Summer Institute to help further the gains the students have made.

Transportation to and from the institute, room and board, and a small stipend will be provided for participants. While we expect that most students will come from four-year colleges, promising students from two-year institutions are also welcome.

2014 Theme: "Philosophy: Experience, Reflection, Transformation"

Philosophy arises out of both everyday and extraordinary human experience, out of the problems, passions, anxieties, surprises, awe, and aspirations of real life. Philosophy is both an evolving and transformative practice and a history of deliberation and reflection. This year’s course will focus on philosophy’s history as well as contemporary texts in feminist theory, critical race theory, disability theory, queer theory, and other nontraditional work. Students will investigate how lived experience has shaped philosophical reflection throughout its history and how reflection transforms both those of us who engage in it and the world around us. Through readings, writing assignments, visiting lecturers, and professional development mentoring, students will learn that their own perspectives and experiences can contribute to the ongoing development of philosophy.

PIKSI 2014 Co-Sponsors

Rock Ethics Institute, Penn State
College of the Liberal Arts, Penn State
Association for Feminist Ethics and Social Theory (FEAST)
American Philosophical Association
Department of Philosophy, Penn State
Iris Marion Young Diversity Scholars Fund

2014 Institutional Co-Sponsors

Michigan State University
Stony Brook University
University of Oregon
Ann Arbor Philosphers' PIKSI Funding Initiative

PIKSI has also been supported by the generous gifts of the following individuals to the Iris Marion Young Diversity Scholars Fund:

An anonymous gift that established the fund
Joan Callahan
Stephanie Shields and Lew Jillings 
Nancy Tuana
and other anonymous contributors

Past Sponsors and Events


A FEAST project made possible by the generous support of the Rock Ethics Institute, College of the Liberal Arts, and APA Board of Officers