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Jessica JonesMarch 21, 2012 Lecture

Philosophy Outside Academia

When: March 21, 2012
Time: 4:30 pm
Where: Kleymeyer Hall

The USI Philosophy Department proudly hosts the 2011-2012 USI Liberal Arts Alumni-In-Residence speaker, Jessica Jones.  Jessica is currently the manager of the nonprofit, River City Food Co-Op in Evansville.  The Co-Op encourages sustainable living as well as organic and/or local foods.  Jones graduated in 2008 as the Outstanding Senior Philosophy Major with a minor in Gender Studies.  She will be discussing her experiences as a recent graduate of USI in a talk entitled, "Philosophy Outside Academia." Jones will provide valuable insights on working with nonprofits and the benefits of a liberal arts degree for students both in employment and in terms of personal enrichmnent. 

Although one might not expect philosophy to provide much insight into leading a local nonprofit, Jones explains how her experience as a philosophy major and gender studies minor has been instrumental in creating community leadership and cohesion.  Philosophy has been especially important in teaching her how to analyze information critically, learning to consider impending factors that might lie below the surface of a given argument or situation, such as issues of gender, race, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

About the Alumni in Residence Lecture Series

Each year Liberal Arts selects a successful graduate to return to campus to share career and personal experience with students and faculty on what it took to get where they are.

Check back later for the next Alumni in Lecture in Spring 2012

History of Speakers

2011-2012 Jessica Jones, manager of the River City Food Co-op

Eric A. Adams, a 1986 graduate of Chemistry with a minor in German, is Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of enGene, Inc.

2008-2009 Jon Carl, a 1995 graduate of social science in secondary education and a 1998 graduate of master of science in education, is a history teacher at Reitz High School
2007-2008 Nathan Fry, 2000 graduate with a BS in English and a minor in Business Administration
2006-2007 Kim Kurdelak, a USI graduate of art, employed as Creative Director at Promar, a graphic design agency in San Diego, California and maintains a fine art practice in her home studio.
2005-2006 (canceled)
2004-2005 Brad Ellsworth, 1981 graduate of sociology, Vanderburgh County Sheriff, "From College Classroom to top Cop"
2000-2001 Ms. Corliss Chastain, a 1978 USI graduate
1999-2000 Michelle Thompson, 1998 graduate, social studies teacher at Southridge Middle School in Huntingburg, a nominee for the 1999 Disney American Teacher Award, "I'm not Einstein but some days I look like him"
1998-1999 Louis Haas, a 1980 ISUE (USI) history graduate