Philosophy and Classical Studies Activities and Opportunities
The Department sponsors the Diogenes Club. This is an informal group made up of undergraduate students interested in philosophy and classical studies. Talks, debates, and get-togethers occur throughout the school year. It is named in honor of Diogenes the Cynic, who was referred to as "Socrates Gone Mad," and who enjoyed provoking discussion on all sorts of topics.
In 2003, St. John Fisher College became the first school in the United States to participate in the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Philosophy Day event. This is a worldwide celebration of philosophical investigations in the broadest sense, featuring round-table discussions, skits, musical events, and other related activities. At Fisher, this brings together professors and students from throughout the entire campus, and helps to connect them all with an international intellectual community. Philosophy Day is held the third Thursday of November.