The Dr. Thomas and Albert J. Shipka Speakers Series brings internationally respected scholars to Youngstown State University to present lectures on a variety of topics. Speakers come each semester and the lectures are open to the public, with attendees having an opportunity to ask questions of the speakers after the talk. Speakers present on a variety of topics, often representing a voice that is missing in everyday discussions. The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies is thankful to Dr. Thomas Shipka and The Philosophy Circle for longtime contributions in support of the Dr. Thomas and Albert J. Shipka Memorial Speakers Fund, which pays for this lecture series.
Dr. Jason Brennan: 2023 Shipka Speaker
Pete Earley: 2021 Shipka Speaker
Dr. Matthew Walton and Susan Hayward: 2019-2020 Shipka Speaker
Dr. Peter Singer: 2019-2020 Shipka Speaker
Dr. Joseph Carens: 2018-2019 Shipka Speaker
Dr. Susan Wolf: 2017-2018 Shipka Speaker
Dr. Wendell Wallach
Dr. Davíd Carrasco
2015–2016 Shipka Speaker: Dr. Shaun Nichols from YSU Phil and Rel Studies on Vimeo.
Dr. Michael Ruse
Dr. Michael Ruse from Dr. Mark Vopat on Vimeo.
Dr. Jennifer Hecht
Dr. Jennifer Hecht – Doubt: A History from YSU Phil and Rel Studies on Vimeo.
Dr. Tamara Sonn
Islam, Democracy and the Arab Spring from YSU Phil and Rel Studies on Vimeo.
Dr. Michael Shermer
2011–12 Shipka Speaker: Dr. Michael Shermer from YSU Phil and Rel Studies on Vimeo.
Dr. David Campbell
2011 Shipka Speakers Series: Dr. David Campbell from YSU Phil and Rel Studies on Vimeo.
Christopher Hedges from Dr. Mark Vopat on Vimeo.
2009 Shipka Speaker: Dr. Stephen Prothero from YSU Phil and Rel Studies on Vimeo.