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Departmental Groups

For more information about these groups, or to be added to an email group, email the respective contact(s) listed for each group below.

Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshops

Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshops (RIWs) are graduate student oriented groups that meet regularly throughout the year to discuss readings on a particular interdisciplinary topic, workshop one another’s papers, and sponsor a public lecture or facilitate a workshop with an outside speaker.

Reading Groups

Reading groups typically form around a theme, and are often held in the summer when coursework and teaching loads are light.

Discussion Groups

Discussion groups primarily organize talks.

Working Groups

Working groups bring together graduate students and faculty to workshop drafts in a constructive environment, or simply to work on papers/dissertations/job market materials/etc together, sharing writing goals and holding one another accountable for meeting them.

Affinity Groups

In contrast to departmental reading and working groups, Philosophy affinity groups are intended to fulfill a more social, networking, and supportive role in the department.