GPS California: Gathering Philosophers in Southern California, University of Southern California, Nov. 23, 2019 (deadline for applications: Oct. 7, 2019)

Gathering Philosophers in Southern California

A workshop aimed at building a more diverse philosophical community.

GPS California is a new initiative for undergraduates, run by faculty and graduate students at the University of Southern California. The aim of this workshop is to bring together students from underrepresented groups, with a focus on women and other minorities, who are interested in pursuing graduate studies in Philosophy. The workshop will take place at the University of Southern California November 23, 2019. The workshop will consist of a variety of events open to participants who have been selected through an application process. Events include sessions such as “Applying to and Life in Graduate School”, a keynote lecture, and individual mentoring sessions with USC faculty and graduate students. 

This year’s Keynote Speaker will be Briana Toole of Claremont McKenna College! 

The department will award a limited number of travel and hotel stipends to accepted applicants in order to make travel and attendance more accessible to all. Please indicate on your applicaition if you would like to be considered for a travel stipend this year. 

For questions, contact

Program of Events 

9:00-9:30am Welcome Breakfast Kick-off 

9:30-11:00am Guest lecture, Briana Toole, Claremont McKenna “Believing is Seeing: and Other Lessons from Women Philosophers”

11.00-12:30pm Panel discussion: Being a Minority in Philosophy 

12:30-1:30pm Lunch

1:30-3:00pm Mentoring Sessions with Faculty and Grad Students 

3:00-4:30pm Applying to and Life in Graduate School

4:30-6:00pm Current Graduate Student Research

6:00-7:30pm Dinner  


The GPS Application is now open! The deadline for consideration is October 7, 2019

Application Checklist: 

  • Application Form 
  • Philosophy Paper (max 10 pages)
  • Statement of Interest (200 words)
  • Letter of Recommendation (provide reference info.)


The USC School of Philosophy is committed to providing an accessible space for all guests.

Language interpretation: Interpretation available upon request (Interpretación disponible a petición, 可根据要求提供口译服务). Please let us know as soon as possible to allow sufficient time to find someone (Por favor, déjenos saber lo antes posible para permitir tiempo suficiente para encontrar a alguien, 请尽快让我们知道, 让我们有足够的时间去找某人). 

Disability accommodations: CART captioning and ASL interpretation available upon request. Please let us know if you need disability accommodations as soon as possible to allow sufficient time to coordinate. The event venue is ADA accessible. 

Please reach out to us for any requests or suggestions: 

The GPSCalifornia website is here:

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