Outside the classroom

A day in the life

Outside the classroom


Everyone is so supportive and genuine. It’s a very friendly atmosphere... We are just trying to express our ideas. Mostly we are trying to talk about the issues and work it out. It’s very open and easy to talk.

Cultivating a philosophical community

To become a great philosopher—or even just a better one—you need to talk with people. The Undergraduate Philosophy Student Society organizes many events to practice and socialize outside the classroom.

"Our undergraduate society is really good," says Shane Bryson, society president. "We’re really social—we hang out a lot."

“It feels like a family here,” says Veromi Arsiradam, vice-president of the society. “The department space is always buzzing with students and profs. It cultivates that sense of community.”

Bagel Tuesdays

One tradition is called Bagel Tuedays. Students meet in the department to philosophize over free coffee and bagels.

"On a good Bagel Tuesday, you have a couple different groups just sitting around eating bagels, drinking coffee, talking about philosophy," Shane says.

"It's been going on for years and years, before any of us started here," says Dave Dexter, a fourth-year honours philosophy student. As a first-year student, Bagel Tuesdays gave him a chance to meet his classmates. He's been going regularly ever since.

"When you get together with fellow philosophy students, it always crosses over between the social and work because you just like to start talking philosophy after a while."

Undergraduate philosophy journal

Working as Editor-in-Chief of the undergraduate philosophy journal, Corvus, keeps Shane Bryson busy these days.

“We put out a Canada-wide call for papers. We’re going to be publishing papers from all across the country, so I have to organize the papers and find referees for them all.”

He’s looking for 90 students and faculty to referee 30 papers—to help choose the final 10 to finally publish.

“It’s exciting for me to be able to publish this and put it out there,” he says. “It’s exciting to be putting out a Dalhousie journal across the country.”

Monthly undergraduate colloquia

In addition to the weekly colloquia held by the department, undergraduates hold their own monthly version. They present papers to one another and discuss them.

Veromi was the first student to present a paper this year. It was a feminist critique of marriage using Kantian ethics. "We had an excellent discussion and I am actually going to be presenting the paper at the Dalhousie Arts and Social Science Conference," she says.  

“Everyone is so supportive and genuine,” says Shane. "It’s a very friendly atmosphere. We all accept that we have the rudiments down, and we are just trying to express our ideas. Mostly we are trying to talk about the issues and work it out. It’s very open and easy to talk."