Three MSUM philosophy majors will present their original research at the third annual Red River Undergraduate Philosophy Conference Saturday, November 20. This year’s conference will be held at Concordia College, Bishop Whipple Hall, and begins at 9 a.m., with the last session starting at 3:50 p.m. The philosophy majors and their presentations are: Amanda Silbernagel, “Pomp and Circumstance” at 9 a.m.; Jake Gysland, “On Gettier Problems” at 3:50 p.m.; and Adam C. Hasbargen, current president of Phi Sigma Tau, “A Critical Analysis of Descartes’ Claim that Animals are Machines” at 3:50 p.m.

The conference is sponsored by Phi Sigma Tau Chapter Minnesota, North Dakota Beta, and Concordia College. The Red River Undergraduate Philosophy Conference was founded in 2008 by MSUM philosophy major Nathan Wood (now an alum in a graduate program in philosophy) when he was president of Phi Sigma Tau, and was funded by the MSUM Philosophy Department.

The conference was held at NDSU in 2009 and will return to the MSUM campus next fall.