You are welcome to attend PAR Society meetings!

They are held every other Wednesday at 6:30 pm.

Philosophy and Religion Society

Welcome back everyone to another great fall semester here at UNCW! Drop by next Wednesday to support PARS for our first Pizza Party Social event of the semester. Meet and greet the fine professors of UNCW's Philosophy and Religion Department and grab a bite to eat. Wednesday, Aug. 27th, 6:30 @ Bear Room 103. See you there!!

Flyer invite to pizza party




We are a club that was created at UNCW by students that is dedicated to the study of philosophy, religion and any other scholarly field. We meet bi-weekly in Bear Hall on Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm. At our meetings we discuss scholarly topics from all fields of study, help tutor one another and create a social network to help each other enjoy "college life". We also sponsor/attend debates and from time to time even show up to debates that we are not invited to. We are a fun loving laid back group of people who have a love for the difficult questions in life that are hard to face.

2013-2014 PAR Society Officers

President Sara Sweeny sks7836 (
Vice-President Alex Koszelak wak6302
Treasurer Evan Hayes erh8401
Secretary Jackie Stevens jcs4952

The PAR Society schedule for Spring of 2014 is:

  • 01/22: Welcome Back Social
  • 02/05: Michael Jordan (Community Speaker) - Great Pyramid analog star clock
  • 02/26: Dr. Gauthier (UNCW faculty) - Media Ethics
  • 03/12: Steve Nunez (student speaker) - Illuminati, Secret Societies, Conspiracy, etc.
  • 03/26: Taylor Smith (student speaker) - Spinoza, Substance Monism, Cosmological Argument, Principle of Sufficient Reason
  • 04/09: Ben Stafford (student speaker) - Philosophy of Tech Advancement
  • 04/30: Senior Send-off

2012-2013 PAR Society Officers

President Sophie Fuller
Vice-President Sara Sweeney
Secretary Abby Watson

2011-2012 PAR Society Officers


President Dan McCluskey (on right)
Vice-President Sophie Fuller (on left)
Secretary Abby Watson
Communications Officer Patrick Sullivan

2011-2012 events included a talk by Dr. Patricia Turrisi entitled "The Rise and Fall of the Object: The denial of the passion versus the act of collecting material "stuff"" (September 12, 2011).

2010-2011 PAR Society Officers

President Jeremy Smyczek
Vice-President Kristen Wells
Treasurer Rachel Poole
Secretary Shaun Colley
Webmaster Josh Hollamon

2010-2011 PARS events included Continental Drift: Undergraduate Philosophy and Religion Conference (April 9, 2011) that included a keynote address on Foucault, Hadot, and Spiritual Exercises by Dr. Thomas R. Flynn, PhD, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor (Emory University). More than 30 undergraduate students presented in concurrent panels on a gamut of topics, including the existence of a Christian heaven, animal rights and the virtue of care. Although nearly half the presenters were affiliated with UNCW, others hailed from across the country, from New York to California.

Presentations included a discussion of "Parody Religions" by Jeremy Smyczek (August 31, 2010) that discussed the reality of satirical faiths such as the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster or the Order of the Jedi, a discussion of "Skeptical Scenarios" (September 14, 2010) popularized in films such as Inception and The Matrix that involve the recurring philosophical dilemma that all of our senses could be misleading us and the possibility that we may occupy a world totally unlike the one we imagine ourselves to be in, a talk entitled "Is America a Christian Nation" by Dr. Walt Conser (September 28, 2010), a talk on "End Times Prophecy" by Dr. Zervos, a discussion of "Human Sacrifice" by Rachel Poole (October 26, 2010), that explored this cultural phenomenon, touching on groups such as the Aztecs, ancient Mesopotamian Biblical interpretations, and the modern day cult of Kali in India, a celebration of the Hindu Diwali Festival (November 9, 2010) with Dr. Beverley McGuire, a discussion of Food Ethics with Dr. Candace Gauthier (November 16, 2010), and a talk by Dr. Matt Eshleman about transparency of information in light of Wikileaks (January 28, 2011)

2009-2010 PAR Society Officers

President Alexander Elfner
Vice-President Shaun Colley
Treasurer Rachel Poole
Secretary Garrison Libby
Webmaster Jon Flynn

2008-2009 PAR Society Officers

President Brandon Tinklenberg
Vice-President Corey Blackburn
Treasurer / Activities Coordinator Chason Huggins
Secretary Alexandra Elfner
Webmaster Jon Flynn

20082009meeting PAR Society Meeting 2008-2009 attendees: Ben Skinner, Kate Collins, Shaun Colley, Garrison Libby, Jamal Crighton, Ana Jernigan, Jennifer Norris, Bryan Hendershot, Alex Elfner, Brandon Tinklenberg, and Dr. Matt Eshleman, Faculty Advisor


2007-2008 PAR Society Officers

President Josh Bolick
Vice-President Vinny Conti
Treasurer Mary von Aue
Secretary Brandon Tinklenberg

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