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8th Annual PIKSI starts August 3rd

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.

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.

2013 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.

See more along with the list of presenters on our PIKSI homepage.