Philosophy Outreach Program of Colorado (POPCO)

Program Contact

Dawn Jacob, Connor Kianpour

Graduate Co-Directors

popco@colorado.edu

720.924.1548

Philosophy is about universally interesting questions: What makes a life good? How should we pursue wisdom? What is it to be human? However, people are rarely supported in thinking about philosophical questions outside college classrooms. Philosophy Outreach Program of Colorado (POPCO) aims to change this by building bridges between academic philosophy and other communities.

All POPCO visits are free to the host institutions. POPCO has operated since 1995 and is supported by the Department of Philosophy and CU Boulder’s Office for Outreach and Engagement.

Current POPCO Programing

K-12 classroom visits

Through POPCO, philosophy graduate students visit Colorado K-12 classrooms to conduct custom-tailored philosophical discussions about a variety of topics. These discussions encourage students to think carefully and creatively about challenging questions such as the following:

  • What makes something science as opposed to pseudo-science?
  • Do the laws of physics and biology allow for free will?
  • Under what conditions is war ethically acceptable?
  • Do minds require brains?
  • What are the limits of civil disobedience?
  • Could robots have rights?

A POPCO discussion can also support teaching critical thinking skills, by challenging students to comprehend new ideas, analyze cause and effect relationships, and differentiate facts from emotional appeals.

Support for National High School Ethics Bowl teams

National High School Ethics Bowl invites students to engage in thoughtful, collaborative discussion on ethically complex cases. The regional competition takes place at CU Boulder during winter, before successful teams advance to the spring national competition. Area high schools interested in fielding an Ethics Bowl team can receive startup guidance and coaching assistance from POPCO.

Check out our website to learn more about POPCO or the annual Ethics Bowl.

  • POPCO - Boulder

    Additional Info

    This program is working with students from Boulder High School, Fairview High School and the Watershed School in Boulder.


    Location

    in colorado

    Boulder

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • POPCO - Broomfield

    Additional Info

    This program is working with students at Broomfield High School.


    Location

    in colorado

    Broomfield

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • POPCO - Lafayette

    Additional Info

    This program works with students from Peak to Peak Charter School and Alexander Dawson School.


    Location

    in colorado

    Lafayette

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • POPCO - Denver

    Additional Info

    This program works with students from the Colorado Academy.


    Location

    in colorado

    Denver

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • POPCO - Greenwood Village

    Additional Info

    This program works with students at Cherry Creek High School.


    Location

    in colorado

    Greenwood Village

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • POPCO - Parker

    Additional Info

    This program works with Colorado Early Colleges in Parker.


    Location

    in colorado

    Parker

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • POPCO - Superior

    Additional Info

    This program works with students from Eldorado K-8.


    Location

    in colorado

    Superior

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • POPCO - Greeley

    Additional Info

    This program works with students from Greeley High School.


    Location

    in colorado

    Greeley

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Community Reading Group - Boulder Public Library

    Additional Info

    This is a monthly reading group sponsored by Boulder Public Library. Registration is open to the public at https://sites.google.com/colorado.edu/classics-phil-reading-group


    Location

    in colorado

    Boulder

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Public Program (open to the public)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Community Reading Group - Longmont Public Library

    Additional Info

    This reading group meets monthly with the sponsorship of Longmont Public Library. Registration is through the library website. Details an be found here: https://sites.google.com/view/phil-reading-group/home


    Location

    in colorado

    Longmont

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Public Program (open to the public)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

Sponsoring Units

  • College of Arts & Sciences

  • Center for Values and Social Policy
  • Department of Philosophy

Program Partners

  • Boulder Public Library
  • Longmont Public Library
  • Boulder High School
  • Fairview High School
  • Watershed School
  • Broomfield High School
  • Colorado Academy
  • Greeley High School
  • Cherry Creek High School
  • Peak to Peak Charter School
  • Alexander Dawson School
  • Colorado Early Colleges
  • Eldorado K-8

Audiences Served

  • Adult Learners
  • General Public
  • Historically Excluded/Marginalized/Non-dominant Group(s)
  • Senior Citizens
  • Students - Elementary School
  • Students - High School
  • Students - Middle School