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Second Annual Giving Day a Great Success

The Beloit College community is generous and showed its heart and soul during its second annual Giving Day on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. In just 24 hours, the college raised over $65,000 from more than 450 supporters.

Not only did the gifts far surpass the original goal of $25,000, the event also raised $25,000 more than last year. Beloit is touched by the fantastic response received from supporters and is grateful to be backed by such a strong foundation of alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends. These gifts help make ‪#‎BeloitPossible for the next generation of Turtles, Bucs, and Beloiters.

The unconditional support, enthusiastically offered by our alumni, parents, and friends is a tribute to the character of our community, and the value that we all collectively recognize in the mission we seek to advance. We at Beloit are privileged to have a community so willing to invest in the future of our great institution, and our students. For this, we are grateful,” said Mark Wold’95, Senior Director of Alumni & Parent Relations and Annual Support.

Thank you to all who supported Beloit College’s second annual Giving Day. As College President Scott Bierman often says, it’s “turtles all the way down.”

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Trekkie philosophy: professor looks at great thinkers through pop-culture lens

February 6, 2013 at 10:03 pm

Matthew Tedesco, below, describes one of his courses as one that will “boldly go where some of the greatest thinkers in history have gone before.”

Matt Tedesco 

The associate professor of philosophy is referring to Introducing Philosophy through Star Trek, a course he is currently teaching this spring.

“I’ve always thought, as I teach Introduction to Philosophy, ‘There’s a Star Trek about this.’ Why not just make that explicit and bring these two together?” he explains.

Tedesco, who first taught the course last year, screens episodes from Star Trek: The Next Generation during class and then uses those as jumping off points to discuss the philosophical issues it raises.

For example, the episode “Measure of a Man” is about the debate that ensued after a Starfleet member wanted to disassemble the android, Lieutenant Commander Data, to see how he works. The characters held a hearing over whether or not Data is a human and if his interests and wishes should matter.

Tedesco asserts this episode raises the philosophical question of what makes someone a person. “Is Data a person? Is a fetus a person? Is a chimpanzee a person?” he asks. “You can see how this abstract question about the fictional character Data can launch into some interesting real world philosophical questions.”

Philosophical issues are not, however, limited to Star Trek. Tedesco says there are publishers that specialize in connecting popular culture with philosophy. In fact, he has written essays for Facebook and Philosophy: What’s on Your Mind? (Open Court, 2010), James Bond and Philosophy: Questions are Forever (Open Court, 2006), and Game of Thrones and Philosophy: Logic Cuts Deeper Than Swords (Wiley, 2012). 

“I’m pretty supportive of these efforts that reach out to speak about philosophy to a broader audience, and this pop culture medium is a nice way to do it,” Tedesco said. “If I can reach more people and say something interesting, I think that’s sort of meaningful.”