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Conferences, Colloquia, and Philosophy Club

The Department of Philosophy offers a number of excellent extracurricular activities that complement its core curriculum. These activities provide students with opportunities not simply to learn about but to begin participating in important debates about compelling issues that shape contemporary culture.

Sophia Forum

Made possible by the generosity of an anonymous donor, the Sophia Forum promotes Christian philosophy at APU with an annual two-day series of lectures and small-group discussions by a renowned Christian philosopher.

Past Sophia Forums have featured speakers from Oxford, Yale, Notre Dame, Georgetown, Saint Louis University, Fordham, the University of Oklahoma, and Huntington College.

Academic Conferences

APU’s Department of Philosophy draws groups of scholars to campus for academic conferences at which they present their latest research on new developments within their fields of expertise.

Past conferences hosted include the Society of Christian Philosophers Pacific Regional Conference and the C.S. Lewis Conference.


The department also invites individual philosophers to campus to lecture and to meet with students to discuss contemporary research in the field.

Philosophy Club

The Philosophy Club meets every other week to discuss compelling philosophical issues in a diverse, friendly, and accessible environment. Contact Teri Merrick, PhD, for more information about the club.