The Philosophy Graduate Students’ Association (PGSA) includes all graduate students in the philosophy department and provides a safe space for students to be among their peers to discuss and vote on issues that affect them. Participation in the PGSA gives students a chance to gain experience with the sort of departmental service tasks that may be needed later in their careers. Additionally, the PGSA facilitates the planning of graduate student events and social gatherings, such as the annual graduate student conference and the annual reading week dinner that takes place every February. The PGSA meets at least four times per year and executive positions for the PGSA run from May 1st to April 30th.
President: Brian Hanley
Vice President: Sarah Vooys
Treasurer: Samara Burns
Secretary: Brandon Beasley
Graduate Representative Council Student Representatives: Alison McConwell and Rob Armstrong
Faculty Department Student Representative: Brian Hanley
Graduate Colloquium Director: Brian Hanley
Minorities and Philosophy Representatives: Stephanie Reyes and Monte Forester
Every year, the PGSA votes on topic proposals for the graduate student conference. A committee of graduate students organizes and hosts this event led by one or two student conference directors and a faculty advisor. Students gain experience in organizing a conference that can include securing keynote speakers, student presentations, commentary, creating budget proposals, funding applications, organizing blind review of submitted papers, calls for papers, and catering events. The conference typically ends with a reception at a local restaurant for all speakers and conference attendees to provide an informal environment for further discussion. The graduate conference receives strong support from the department and has been funded in the past by the Canadian Journal of Philosophy.
The 2017 Graduate Conference will be held May May 3-4 on the topic "Ethics in the Age of Science." keynote speakers will be Katrina Sifferd (Elmhurst College), Gregg D. Caruso (SUNY-Corning), Samir Chopra (CUNY-Brooklyn College), and Allen Habib (University of Calgary).
The 2016 Graduate Conference was held May 27-28 on the topic "Logic & Language." Keynote speakers were Gila Sher and David Liebesman.
2015-2016 Graduate Conference Directors: Stephanie Reyes and Aaron Thomas-Bolduc