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Philosophy students, faculty win acclaim at international conference

Wednesday, November 26, 2008JOHNSON CITY—Five East Tennessee State University undergraduate philosophy majors recently presented their work at an international and interdisciplinary conference, “Freedom and Sovereignty, Globalization and Colonization,” held at Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, W.Va.

The conference, sponsored by the college’s Center for Spirituality, Ethics and Global Awareness, was attended by representatives from schools ranging from California’s UCLA to Germany’s Geschwister-Scholl Institute of the University of Munich.

The ETSU students and their presentations included: Ben Luther, “Owing Medication”; Nicole Brunson, “Deliberative Democracy and Representation”; Lindsey White, “Layman Philosophy”; Emily Roberts, “Environmental Activism in the Age of Globalization”; and Mitchell Owens, “Economics: The Historical Mover.”

The students were accepted for participation after meeting professional peer review standards. The presentations were well received and earned positive comments, including those of Dr. Robert Stolorow of UCLA, who responded, “Great student. That was terrific,” to Brunson’s first prize-winning undergraduate essay.

Dr. Michael Allen of ETSU’s Department of Philosophy and Humanities presented a paper entitled “International Civil Disobedience and Humanitarian Intervention” at the conference. He serves as adviser to the student Philosophy Club on campus.

Teresa Allen, an ETSU adjunct, chaired a panel discussion at the conference. She, her husband Dr. Michael Allen, and Lindsey White have all had papers accepted for presentation at a subsequent conference in Kolkata, India.

The Office of Undergraduate Research in the ETSU Honors College provided a grant to assist the students with travel to the professional meeting, with supplemental funds provided by the ETSU Department of Philosophy and Humanities.

During the last year, the Undergraduate Travel Grant program in the Honors College sent 56 undergraduates from 16 academic departments to conferences in 10 states and Canada. Further information about this program is available at

For further information about the students and the conference, contact Dr. Allen at (423) 439-6625 or


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