AbstractThe Department of Philosophy is applying for funding form the Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series for its 2014-2015 Colloquium Series. This series of public presentations will provide opportunities for students, faculty, and community members, both within and outside the Department of Philosophy, to hear and discuss stimulating lectures on a wide range of topics. Each lecture program includes considerable time for questions and discussion, and special consideration is given to allowing and encouraging undergraduates time to speak up. Several of the scholars are also willing to spend more time at UMaine interacting with students and others in classrooms and informal settings. Our program includes a diverse range of distinguished speakers and topics. Speakers include Autumn Fiester, PhD the Director of Education in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Fiester will give a lecture, teach a session of the philosophy capstone, and meet informally with interested students from philosophy and the health professions programs. Our planned speakers range from very promising early career scholars to established scholars of national and international reputation. The topics presented intersect with our core curriculum, and reflect our commitment to diversity and to raising philosophical issues of importance for members of our university and greater central Maine community.