Socrates Cafe Coming Soon to SNHU!

What is it?

Socrates Cafe is a concept that has taken off around the world. Originated by Christopher Phillips, the founder and director of the Society for Philosophical Inquiry, Socrates Cafe brings together individuals of all ages and backgrounds to discover and learn from each other in the manner of the Greek philosopher for which the program is named.

How Does it work?

Each month a new ethical theme and related questions will be posed and discussed by the group in a casual setting. A facilitator will initiate the discussion by posing one main question and then will serve as a guide, when necessary, of the dialogue. Participants of any event will be added to an ongoing Blackboard site to continue discussions and to join previous discussions that may still be ongoing. Individuals unable to attend Socrates Cafe due to other conflicts or distance can also request addition to the ongoing Blackboard discussions.

What will I get out of this?

This is a unique opportunity to bring together students, staff and faculty of SNHU to discuss ethical themes of mutual interest and to stimulate critical thinking. It also allows for each of us to broaden our insights through the perspectives of others and to deepen our appreciation for varying opinions and viewpoints.

How can I join the first discussion?

Drop by Robert Frost Hall, Room 203 between 3:30-4:30pm on Tuesday, October 17th to join the discussion. Dr. Mark Cheathem, Asst. Professor of History and Chair of the Academic Integrity Committee, will be facilitating a discussion of the question: "What is Honor?" Coffee, tea and desserts will be provided.

If you are unable to attend but wish to join the Blackboard discussion, e-mail and include your name and employee or student ID# in the correspondence.

Brought to you by the Office of Training & Organizational Development and the Papoutsy Chair in Ethics.

(Posting date 20 October 2006)

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