Dear Friend of the Mountain-Plains Philosophy Conference:
Since 1947, this friendly, loosely-organized little conference has been drawing together a truly international collection of first-rate presentations in an intimate, collegial setting. We all come together to listen to each other, to talk to each other, to share our work, and to help each other's work become even better. One reason we're able to keep our meetings so cozy is because of the generosity of our host schools, who provide the perfect spaces for our interaction.
This is where you come in.
Has your institution participated in or led a Mountain-Plains Philosophy Conference in the past? Would it be willing to consider leading one in the future? Hosting the conference meeting can be an important and invigorating event in the life of a philosophy department and makes an important contribution to the academic vitality of a campus. Another option is to serve as the program chair for the conference. Working with referees and reading the wide variety of submissions is a wonderful and intellectually stimulating undertaking. Making the choices that result in a final conference program can be a profoundly satisfying creative exercise. We all have opportunities and obligations to serve our profession, and those of us who have volunteered our time have found that doing this with the Mountain-Plains Philosophy Conference invariably enriches those rendering the service, and also provides the same kind of fun that is associated with throwing a good party. And especially in light of the benefits received, the work is not too much of a burden -- our relatively small size and informal organization keeps this is a fairly low-maintenance affair. The members of the Executive Committee are here to help to make everything run smoothly, and we're happy to provide suggestions and resources for first-time hosts or program chairs.
If you think you’d be interested in hosting the conference once again, or trying it for the first time, approach a member of the executive committee before or during the annual October meeting. We’d all be glad to tell you more, and possibly put your name in the hat with the other invitations we receive for the coming years. If you can't wait until the next meeting, please feel free to email us for more information or fill out our volunteer form by clicking the link below. We look forward to hearing from you!
Very Best Regards,
The Mountain-Plains Philosophy Conference Executive Committee