March 21, 2012 Lecture
Philosophy Outside Academia
When: March 21, 2012
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.
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