Meetings and Events


Dec 4: Michael Kogan Lecture
"A Christian Nation? The Faith of the Founding Fathers"

Lecture Abstract
In the heat of political campaigns and ideological battles, we frequently hear politicians claiming that America is “a Christian nation.” But an examination of the religions views of the founding fathers reveals how distorted this claim is. The founders rejected the suggestion that any particular religion be officially recognized. In fact, most of them were non-Christians who were determined to avoid any connection between the churches and the new nation. 

University Hall, Room 1070

Thursday, December 4, 8pm

Philosophy and Religion Club

The Philosophy and Religion Club at MSU meets weekly during the fall and spring semesters to discuss topics of common interest, to share snacks, and to socialize. Often a student or faculty presenter kicks off the discussion. Everyone is welcome at club meetings which meet in the philosophy and religion seminar room in Dickson Hall at 4 pm on Thursdays. If you have questions about the philosophy and religion club, please email David Benfield at

Club Schedule
Majors and Minors: check your email for announcements. Others: to be added to the email list, send an email to Dr. Benfield at the address above.

Women in the Tradition (WIT)

A reading group devoted to works by women in philosophy, past and present. Contact: Dr. Dorothy Rogers:

Philosophy and World (PAW)

An ethics speaker series. Contact: Dr. Christopher Herrera:

Philosophy & Music Reading Group 

A faculty/student reading group meeting every two weeks. Contact: Dr. Tiger Roholt: or, at the Cali School of Music, Dr. Marissa Silverman:  We have a Facebook group.