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In an effort to help people engage with the humanities, one local volunteer organization is looking to connect philosophy to the Madison community.

Public Philosophy in Madison, an organization created by Aaron Yarmel and Katie Petrik in September of 2016, aims to teach the community about philosophy and concepts within it, such as the idea of fairness and what it means to live a good life.

While the organization primarily focuses on young kids at the moment, they are not limited to only that age group and plan on… Read more


UW Article June 2017

Joe Venuta drops to the floor in front of a half-dozen children and softly pats the top of his head.

“Let’s all check that we’ve got our thinking caps on,” the UW–Madison junior tells them.

As the kids mimic his head-patting, Venuta prepares to administer a pint-sized dose of some very big ideas.

Venuta is a member of Madison Public Philosophy, a new group of UW–Madison students that takes philosophy out of the classroom and into the community. On this day, the group is offering free sessions for children at the annual Mad City Vegan Fest at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison…Read more