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Christine Abram wears a patterned, woven beanie to a meeting of Emmanuel’s revived Philosophy Club one cold Tuesday night. General members and the club’s executive board wait patiently outside.
“They’re shy,” she says.
She talks about the original club with fondness but doesn’t waver: this is renaissance, just like what made Rome new again once and what she hopes will legitimize the Philosophy Club’s status on campus. Abram recalls an era almost four years ago – a college lifetime – when the Philosophy Club was active and especially participatory.
“We had a strong club but it fell out of existence because the original board was bad at paperwork,” she says, an admission confirming that even the most enlightened of our midst may occasionally err. In her sophomore year, disregarding the faults of her predecessors, Abrams got the band back together.
“Last year, I found an advisor. I pushed for the club to be reinstated. I think it’s really important,” says Christine. “We have more philosophy majors than math majors.”
That advisor is Dr. Kaplan Hasanoglu, an adjunct professor who lives in Millis, Massachusetts and specializes in the theory of knowledge and metaphilosophy.
Christine says that during a regular meeting, the group holds informal conversations about relevant topics.
“Lots of great people come to our club. Our meetings reinforce the things we learn,” says Abrams, who has visions of a future where the club facilitates its own study groups. “But,” she urges, “We don’t get taken seriously because of stigma.”
“Our budget couldn’t go through because the SGA didn’t inform us we needed to have a meeting with them,” says Christine, a negligence she believes is responsible for her club’s fall from favor. “It doesn’t help.”
Our knighted crusaders, “for King and Country” they sing (every Tuesday at 12:15 in Admin. 102); how could the Student Government Association remain idle as the Philosophy Club was extinguished?
Christine says she’d like to discover more female philosophers in the discipline.
“Literary theory is very influential for me,” she says.
As a student, she’s examined the works of Descartes and Plato but is increasingly curious about her future, and what happens after we graduate. Do we die right away?
“A lot of people shoot out names,” she says. “You’re smart when you create your own ideas.”
The Emmanuel College Philosophy Club meets regularly on Tuesdays at 6 P.M in Admin. 442. All are welcomed to attend. Please contact Christine Abram with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update: a previous version of this article erroneously said that the Philosophy Club did not have “special funds for pizza” approved by the SGA.
Paul Rowley is a Staff Writer and Columnist for The Hub. Follow him on Twitter @almanacalism or e-mail him email@example.com.