At 1:30 a.m. on Friday, April 17, 2009, 11 Knox philosophy students began the 10 hour trip to the Pacific University’s beautiful campus in Forest Grove, OR for the 13th annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference. This year, approximately 150 students came from 60 colleges and universities within 20 states all over the nation.
This was Knox’s first trip to the conference, and I must say it was an interesting one. This trip was a good experience for the department for many reasons. Not only did we each have 45 minutes to present and discuss a philosophy paper we have written at our time at Knox in front of other undergraduate philosophy majors, we also had the opportunity to comment on someone’s paper from another school.
All of us also had the option to sit in as audience members to any student’s paper presentation throughout the conference. The ideas behind this conference are not only that it brings philosophy majors together from all over the nation, but also that these students get the chance to share our ideas and discuss them.
Even though participating in the conference was quite the experience, I think it should also be noted that we philosophy majors got the chance to socialize with one another all weekend. It is without a doubt a good experience when students from Knox with shared interests, in this case philosophy, spend time with one another outside of campus.
“I’m very grateful that the school gave us this opportunity for this trip. It was badass,” says senior Ben Wright. We spent another 14 hours of travel on Sunday, April 19 to get back to Knox at 1 a.m. We would all like to thank Knox College and the philosophy department for funding the trip. For more details on our adventure and the conference, go check out the philosophy department’s bulletin board in Old Main.