The New Hampshire Public Philosophy Initiative
The New Hampshire Public Philosophy Initiative, housed in the UNH Department of Philosophy, aims to demonstrate not only the relevance of philosophy, but the power and urgency of philosophical thinking for our daily lives. It encompasses several projects:
NHPR hosted the Socrates Exchange call-in philosophy radio show in collaboration with Nick Smith. Socrates Exchange was awarded the Helen & Martin Schwartz Prize for Outstanding work in Public Humanities; archived shows may be found here.
The Philosophy department is very proud to be a major sponsor of HYPE (Hosting Young Philosophy Enthusiasts), the annual high school philosophy conference that brings over 1300 students to UNH for a full day of philosophy.
Nick Smith and Scott Smith (Classics) organize the annual Future Leaders Institute summer camp, which bring ambitious high school students to UNH for a two-week residential philosophy camp.
Timm Triplett is engaged in a national effort to bring Philosophy into elementary and secondary schools. He has offered philosophy workshops to elementary and middle-school students at the Kittredge School in North Andover Massachusetts, the Acera school in Winchester Massachusetts and the Shir Tikva synagogue, also in Winchester. In 2016 he was selected as a “Humanities to Go” presenter by the New Hampshire Humanities Council, for the topic “Introducing Children to Philosophy – and Why It Matters.”
Kristian Olsen has coached a team for the annual Ethics Bowl at Oyster River High School. The Ethics Bowl is nation-wide debate-style competition focused on contemporary ethical cases. The team was thrilled to win second place at the 2016 regional competition.