Society for Women's Advancement in Philosophy (S.W.A.P.)

Introduction to S.W.A.P.

The Society for Women's Advancement in Philosophy is an organization that works to promote the personal and professional standing of women and underrepresented social groups in the field of philosophy, thereby promoting the integrity of the discipline as a whole.

Monthly Meeting Organizational planning, philosophy talks, professional development workshops, and reading groups are some examples of the sorts of activities that constitute our monthly meetings. Faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students are all welcomed to attend and participate in these meetings, as well as any of the campus events we facilitate.

All meetings for the Spring 2015 Semester are Fridays from 3:30-5:00 in the Philosophy Common Room unless otherwise specified:

January 23, 2015 S.W.A.P. Conference Planning Meeting, & Reading Group: Sarah Buss, "Reflections on the Responsibility to Resist Oppression, with comments on Essays by Boxill, Harvey, and Hill"

February 13, 2015 S.W.A.P. Conference Planning Meeting/Committee Updates, & Reading Group: Jennifer Lackey, "Group Belief: Lessons from Lies and Bullshit"

March 6, 2015 S.W.A.P. Conference Planning Meeting/Committee Updates, & Reading Group: Charles W. Mills (Article TBD) & Laurie Paul (Article TBD)

April 24, 2015 M.A.P. End of the Year Report, Reflections/Future Goal Setting, 2015-2016 Officer Elections, & End of the Year Celebration

S.W.A.P. Annual Philosophy Conference S.W.A.P. hosts a graduate student conference each Spring. Next year will mark the ten year anniversary of our organization and its annual conference! Keynote speakers over the years have included Sally Haslanger, Linda Martin Alcoff, Lynn Hankinson-Nelson, Kathryn Norlock, and many others. This year, we are pleased to have Charles Mills participate in the conference as our keynote speaker.

March 27, 2015: 10th Annual Society for Women's Advancement in Philosophy Graduate Student Conference, Keynote Address: Charles W. Mills (Northwestern University)

Finally, this year S.W.A.P. has also made the decision to become a Minority and Philosophy (M.A.P.) Chapter, collaborating closing with the graduate student-led M.A.P. Network ( in order to promote the interests, concerns, and professional climate for minorities working in the field of philosophy.

2014-2015 Leadership Appointments

President: Carmen Maria Marcous

Vice President: Georgia Rae Rainer

Secretary: Matthew Hoffman

Treasurer: Brett Castellanos

Co-founder and Faculty Mentor: Dr. Tracie Mahaffey

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Michael Ruse














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