From Jan. 15 to 18, TRU hosted its eighth annual Philosophy, History and Politics (PHP) undergraduate conference.
For two full days in the Arts & Education building and International Building, students from TRU and other universities across Canada presented on topics ranging from oppression, to art and gospel, to witchcraft. The conference had a $70 registration fee which included snacks, breakfast/ lunch and the wine and cheese event. It was waived for TRU students, but there was an additional $35 fee if you were attending the limited seating event at the Plaza Hotel.
With their chosen topics, armed with extensive hours of research and practice, students argued, moved, charmed and convinced their audiences with eye-opening presentations, leaving the audience amazed. At the end of the first day, there was a special presentation in The Terrace, where attendees were graced by the presence of guest speaker Colin Bennett from the University of Victoria, and shortly after the presentation, the wine and cheese event began.
After the second day of student presentations, a ‘20s theme event at the Blackwell Room in The Plaza Hotel began. The night started with conversation and drinks, followed by a presentation by TRU’s Tina Block on Religion and Youth of the ‘60s, right before dinner and dessert were served, finally ending with a DJ and dancing.
Block discussed how soon after the Second World War, church-goers began using the church as a form of status, and later on in the ‘60s, churches began reforming their services in order to entice the youth to take a step back from drugs and open sexual relationships and to allow religion to enter their lives again.
Those who attended this year’s PHP conference agreed that it was a resounding success. Rooms were standing room only and students who weren’t even registered for the conference still popped in to check out many of the presentations throughout the two-day event.
Individuals who are interested in helping with the 2016 ninth annual PHP conference should look for information on the PHP website, as some positions in the committee may be opening up. Those looking to support the conference can even purchase a shirt or sweater from the site.
Be aware, if you are not a major in philosophy, those who are majoring in it will try to convert you!
Congratulations to the students who presented and thank you to the students and volunteers who made the event possible, and thank you to the faculty who also made the event possible.