Bodaken Philosophy Symposium

Workshops & Discussions

Bodaken Philosophy Symposium

A 1973 graduate of CSU’s Department of Philosophy, Bruce Bodaken has sustained through a highly successful life and career his fascination with philosophy that blossomed during his years as a philosophy major at CSU.  Bruce, who recently retired as President, Chairman, and CEO of Blue Shield of California, kindly has donated funds to the Department so that it may yearly, over the next five years, conduct a symposium that will engage not only department students and faculty in cutting-edge philosophical discussions but also attract community members to philosophical discourse that contributes to the betterment of our society.  The aim is to conduct a philosophy workshop in the fall semesters that centers on participation and contributions by Philosophy graduate and advanced undergraduate students and the offering of a thematically related public lecture in the spring semesters that will endeavor to engage a broad audience from across the CSU and Northern Colorado communities.  In each case, fall and spring, the department will engage leaders in their areas of specialization of philosophy from across the nation and world, bringing them to campus so that they may share their learning and insights relative to critical current issues with members of the local student, faculty, and professional communities.

The inaugural Bodaken Philosophy Symposium public lecture, held on March 26, 2018, featured renowned oncologist, professor, department chair, and vice provost at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, who delivered a stimulating and thought-provoking lecture entitled “Why I (Still) Wish to Die at 75.” The lecture was held in the CSU Lory Student Center Theatre and was attended by over 500 individuals.

Upcoming Events

The theme of this year's Bodaken Philosophy Symposium is Economic Inequality, Well-Being, and Democracy. On October 4, David Schmidtz (University of Arizona) will present “Moral Science 2.0.” David Schweickart (Loyola University Chicago) will present “Capitalism and Climate Change: Why Are We Not Doing What Needs to Be Done?” on October 11.

Details and information about the other speakers, including Ronald Formisano (University of Kentucky) and Jonathan Wolff (University of Oxford), are forthcoming.