Program Details:

Philosophy Outreach Program of Colorado (POPCO)

Since its inception in 1995 the Philosophy Outreach Program of Colorado has conducted philosophy classes for thousands of elementary, middle school, and high school students around the state of Colorado. Through POPCO, paired teams of CU graduate students and/or faculty lead Socratic discussions on topics that have been custom tailored to each teacher's curriculum. Some sample topics include: is it morally permissible for the state to ban items of religious dress, is failing to act on climate change unjust, do minds require brains, and are rights necessary? Students explore these topics and also learn to apply concepts like necessary and sufficient conditions, counterexamples, and counterfactuals.

This year support for POPCO will also help us produce a regional ethics bowl. The Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl is a competition in which teams of undergraduates debate issues in professional and practical ethics. It combines the thrill of competition with the rigor of philosophical reasoning and argumentation. Each year, the top teams from regional competitions across the country qualify for and advance to the national competition,

Additional information about POPCO can be found at:
Additional information about the Ethics Bowl can be found at:

This is a private program by request only, or for a specific audience or group. For more information, please visit the program website.


In Colorado

Takes place in over 10 Colorado cities.
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  • Aspen
  • Boulder
  • Broomfield
  • Denver
  • Florence
  • Fort Collins
  • Greeley
  • Greenwood Village
  • Longmont
  • Monument
  • Niwot
  • Pueblo
  • Silverton

Program Partners

Supporting This Program

  • Center for Values and Social Policy, Department of Philosophy

Sponsoring Units

Arts & Sciences, College of

  • Philosophy, Department of

Program Contact

Daniel Sturgis
POPCO director

Program Categories


  • Anthropology
  • Athletics/Sports
  • Biological Sciences
  • Climate Change
  • Diversity
  • Environmental Issues
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Fine Arts
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Journalism/Media
  • Literature
  • Math
  • Music
  • Natural Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Popular Culture
  • Reading and Writing
  • Religion
  • Science
  • Social Sciences
  • Sustainability and Energy
  • World Studies

Program Types:

  • Classroom Instruction


  • Adult Learners
  • Minority Group(s)
  • Students - Elementary School
  • Students - High School
  • Students - Middle School