The Department supports several public lecture series:
- The Josiah Royce Lectures, which were established by a generous bequest from Mable Lisle Ducasse and Curt John Ducasse, are given about every four years. The previous Royce lecturers are Elizabeth Anscombe (1983), Saul Kripke (1987), Sydney Shoemaker (1993), Hilary Putnam (1997), Jerry Fodor (2002), and Robert Stalnaker (2006).
- The Shapiro Graduate Conference, supported by the generous gift of Mark Shapiro, is held annually.
- A Mark Shapiro Conference, also supported by his gift, is held about every other year, with the topic selected by the philosophy faculty. The conference for 2011 is on the epistemology of inference.
- The Department has a regular colloquium, featuring lectures by prominent philosphers. These lectures are typically held on Fridays at 3.30pm.
- The Philosophy Graduate Forum sponsors talks by graduate students and by faculty, both from Brown and from elsewhere.
- There are several reading groups that meet regularly to discuss current work.
Links to other area colloquia may be found on the links page.