Azia Meeks ’18 (Louisville, Kentucky) recently attended the Emerging Philosophers Institute at Cincinnati (EPIC), a new two-day program at the University of Cincinnati for students in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio interested in graduate study in philosophy.
The workshop is especially intended for marginalized groups who are not fully represented in the discipline, such as women, LGBTQ students and racial minorities. Although there is an application process, the institute is free for those who are accepted.
Throughout the weekend, attendees met with University of Cincinnati philosophy students and professors to learn more about the graduate school application process. They also participated in philosophical theory discussion sessions in which they shared individual interests and gained new perspectives.
Additionally, the students attended the Ohio Philosophical Association Annual Meeting at the University of Cincinnati, spending the day listening to lectures and paper readings by university professors from Ohio and surrounding states.
“The program solidified the fact that I want to pursue at least a master’s degree in philosophy in the future. It’s reassuring, because now I have a better idea of what I can actually do,” Meeks said.
Although Meeks focuses primarily on ethics, she has also enjoyed her courses in ancient philosophy and the philosophy of feminism. She feels that the wide breath of her philosophical study at Centre College made her well-prepared for the institute.
“Some people hadn’t taken Ancient Philosophy or 20th Century Philosophers, but I feel like I’ve had a pretty well-rounded history of philosophy,” she says.
Associate Professor of Philosophy Eva Cadavid, Meek’s academic advisor, told Meeks about the program and wrote her a detailed letter of recommendation.
“She’s very supportive. I feel like she can see herself in me as women of color in a field that is predominantly made up of white men,” Meeks says.
Meeks first became interested in philosophy through her First Year Studies (FYS) course, The Philosophy of Film. FYS is a series of CentreTerm courses, capped at fifteen students, that allows first-years to study an academic subject that is new or engaging to them.
She says she was particularly drawn to the versatility of the discipline. “Basically anything you can think of, you can philosophize about it,” she laughs.
By Carbery Campbell ’19
April 27, 2018