Published: July 24, 1997

Some youngsters go to summer camp to learn to swim or canoe, but 37 Colorado high school students this summer are attending the University of Colorado at Boulder to learn about philosophy.

The Summer Philosophy Institute is designed to provide an introduction to college life and to the methods and subject matter of philosophy as a way of enriching students’ appreciation of literature, art, history and Western culture.

Participants in the Summer Philosophy Institute are living in residence halls, attending lectures and debating current philosophical issues including free will and determinism, the relationship between mind and body, the nature of knowledge, the basis of morality and other issues in personal identity.

A culturally, financially and geographically diverse group of students is enrolled for the institute from July 20 through July 26 and from July 27 through Aug. 2 on the Boulder campus. The institute was started two years ago by the CU-Boulder Center for Values and Social Policy and the philosophy department.

Colorado students attending the CU-Boulder 1997 Summer Philosophy Institute include:


Arvada West High School: Kevin Jones


Aspen High School: Derek Ward and Mirte Mallory


Overland High School: Mat Trafton


Fountian Valley High School: Colin Day


High Plains High School: Roxanne Stone

Canon City

Canon City High School: Alyson Bode


Roaring Fork High School: Rachel Mulry

Colorado Springs

Air Academy High School: Grant Foy


Montrose High School: Ilana Moir


Colorado Academy: Katie Stuckey

George Washington High School: Richard Jeong

Skyview: Siobhan Barros

Emily Griffith Opportunity School: Dwayne McFall


Littleton High School: Roxanne Baca

Fort Collins

Poudre High School: Priya Kumar

Grand Junction

Central High School: Janae Puckett


Ignacio High School: Megan Roach


Wheat Ridge High School: J. Kay Melton

La Veta

La Veta High School: Katie Neldner


Heritage High School: Tina Rulli

Columbine High School: Shawn Chenoweth, Angela Klapper, Connor


Arapahoe High School: Melody Ladron de Guevara and Robin Brontsema


Longmont High School: Kathryn Mascorella and Mary Thomas


Meeker High School: Shane Losey, Bronson McKinley and Stephen Morgan


Northglenn High School: Diane Beer

Vantage Point Campus: Lauren Yarnall


Paonia High School: Adrianne Loesekan

Snowmass Village

Aspen High School: Johnnemann Nordhagen


Idalia High School: Nicole Helling


Vantage Point Campus: Diona Morton