University of Denver and Marquette University


Twelfth Annual Summer Conference 2020


Marquette University

17-19 June 2020


For information on projected Workshops 2015-2027, click HERE.

Philosophy in the Abrahamic Traditions

International Live Video Workshop on

Apophaticism in Maimonides

and the Latin Tradition

17-19 June 2020

Acceptances of proposals for paper presentations

will be made on a rolling basis

with a deadline of 1 April 2020.

NOTE: Requests for permission to present

via Skype may be considered.

All submissions must include a CV, title and abstract

of no more than 150 words.

Presentations will be 30 min. with 15 min. for discussion.

Application procedure

Established Scholars: send a title, tentative abstract & CV

Graduate Students: send a title, abstract & CV and have your faculty advisor or dissertation director email indicating that you are doing professional level work.

Fees and Refreshments

This event has no conference fees and no refreshments. Refreshments are available from library vending machines or at a university coffee shop across the street from the library.

Send by email to:

This event will be hosted at Marquette University

in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.

Presented by the Departments of Philosophy at

the University of Denver and Marquette University


the University of Denver’s Center for Judaic Studies


Prof. Sarah Pessin, University of Denver


Prof. Richard C. Taylor, Marquette University

First held at Marquette University in 2008, this Summer Conference alternates between the University of Denver and Marquette University.

Workshop Format & Schedule

Featuring expert keynote video presentations by

TBA #1 Richard C. Taylor, Marquette University

TBA #2 Sarah Pessin, University of Denver

TBA #3 Katja Krause, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin


Attendance at this workshop via Skype will be available

on a limited basis.

For details, contact

No fees are charged for participation or attendance at this event.

Refreshments and lunches are available at the campus coffee shop

or nearby restraurants.

Event Location:

Raynor Memorial Library,

third floor, room 320a

Wednesday 17 June 2020

9:00 am - 11:00 pm

Text workshop and video presentation #1

Richard C. Taylor, Marquette University

12:30-2:30 pm

Text workshop and video presentation #2

Sarah Pessin, University of Denver

2:20-3:00 Coffee / Tea Break

Contributed papers

(1) 3:00-3:45 

  1. (2)3:45-4:30 

4:30-5:00 Coffee / Tea Break

(3) 4:15-5:00 

(4) 5:00-5:45 

Evening: buffet dinner at the home of Prof. Taylor

Thursday 20 June 2019

9:00 am - 11:00 pm

Text workshop and video presentation #1

Katja Krause, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin

12:30-5:45 pm

Five Contributed papers

(5) 12:30-1:15 

(6) 1:15-2:00 

(7) 2:00-3:45 

3:45-4:15 Coffee / Tea Break

(8) 4:15-5:00  

(9) 5:00-5:45 

Dinner suggestions TBA

Friday 21 June 2017

9 am - 12 pm

Live discussion among and with the three

keynote presenters

For those remaining in Milwaukee for Friday evening, we propose to go to the Friday Fish and Chicken dinner at The Seven Seas

restaurant situated beautifully on Pewaukee Lake, some 30

minutes west of Milwaukee. Car sharing available. Cost ca. $17.

Abstracts forthcoming

Housing Options 2019 (Update Forthcoming)

Among the most convenient local hotels are the four star Ambassador Hotel and the less expensive three star Ambassador Inn across the street.

See  and respectively.

Housing available at Marquette University

Room Block Dates: June 17, 2019 departing on June 23, 2019

Sleeping Room Summary

Nights of June 17, 2019 – June 23, 2019 - 16 single rooms

Nightly Room Rates
Straz Tower
Single Occupancy         $56.75       

Triple Occupancy$91.50
Quad Occupancy$102.00

Reservation Procedures

Cut-Off Date

Cut-off date: May 23, 2019. Rooms requested after the cut-off date are subject to availability.
Check in time: After 3 p.m.*
Checkout time: Prior to 10 a.m.*
*These times are based upon Central Standard Time.

Reservation Procedures

Method of reservation is Individual/Direct. Individuals are requested to call 414-288-4737 to secure a room reservation. Individuals should let the reservations assistant know they are associated with the Abrahamic Traditions Conference. 

Guaranteed Reservations

All reservations must be guaranteed with a valid credit card number. MasterCard or Visa are accepted.  Failure to check-in as scheduled without canceling the reservation at least 48 hours prior to the date of arrival will result in the guest being charged one night’s room. Failure to check-out at the posted time on the date of departure will also result in a penalty fee. There are no refunds for early departures.

Additional Policies

Rooms reserved under room blocks are not guaranteed to be located in the same area of the residence hall. It is our policy to try to keep all groups together, but special requests at times prohibit this from happening.

There is a $5 lockout policy to any guest who is locked out of his/her room.  There is a $75 key replacement fee that is billed to the guest for any key that is lost or not returned upon checkout.  Rooms are re-keyed immediately for security reasons; therefore, we cannot issue refunds for guests who send in or return keys after checkout time. 

Each guest is expected to leave his/her guest room in the same condition in which it was found at check-in.  Any damages sustained to the room during the guest’s stay will be billed directly to the guest.  Any damages noticed by a guest should be brought to the immediate attention of the desk staff.

Force Majeure

Neither party shall be considered in default in the performance of its obligations under this Agreement if such performance is prevented or delayed by Force Majeure. "Force Majeure" shall be understood to be any cause which is beyond the reasonable control of the party affected and which is forthwith, by notice from the party affected, brought to the attention of the other party, including but not limited to, severe weather, war, hostilities, revolution, civil commotion, strike, lockout, epidemic, accident, fire, wind or flood or because of any law, order, proclamation, ruling, regulation or ordinance of any government or subdivision of government or because of any act of God.


The Abrahamic Traditions Conference agrees that it shall defend and fully indemnify Marquette University against any loss, cost, damage, injury or expense (including reasonable attorneys' fees) which may be sustained or incurred by Marquette, its trustees, officers, employees, students, agents and guests as a result of the Abrahamic Traditions Conference, its employees', agents' or invitees' use of, or presence at, the Licensed Space. Neither party shall be liable to the other for any indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages of any kind whatsoever, including lost profits, even if advised of the possibility thereof.

Weapons Policy
The Abrahamic Traditions Conference and its members are not permitted to:
- Carry any weapons on University property except as expressly permitted by applicable state law.
- Openly carry any weapons on University property.
- Carry any weapons in any University building or leased space or at any University special event marked with signage specifying “WEAPONS ARE PROHIBITED IN THIS BUILDING.”
- Store any weapons in a personally owned vehicle on University property except in the vehicle’s glove compartment or trunk, or encased such that the existence of the weapon is concealed. 

- Encased means completely zipped, snapped, buckled, tied or otherwise fastened, with no part of the weapon exposed.

- Fail to lock a personally owned vehicle on University property that contains any weapon when the Abrahamic Traditions Conference member is not present in the vehicle.

- Possess unloaded ammunition on University property.
- Imply possession of, threaten to use, display, brandish, use, or discharge a weapon on University property for any purpose or reason except lawful self-defense or lawful defense of others.

- Fail to report timely to the University Department of Public Safety the presence  on University property of any person whom the Abrahamic Traditions member has reason to believe is in possession of or carrying a weapon in violation of University policy, unless doing so would subject the Abrahamic Traditions Conference member or others to the threat of physical harm, or take other action in response to the presence of any person whom the Abrahamic Traditions Conference member has reason to believe is in possession of or carrying a weapon in violation of University policy except for reporting the presence of the weapon to the University Department of Public Safety.

The Abrahamic Traditions Conference members whose actions violate applicable State law with respect to the possession of weapons on University property may be subject to criminal prosecution.  The Abrahamic Traditions Conference members whose actions violate this provision will be asked to leave University property immediately and may be subject to no-trespassing directives in the future.  UNIVERSITY reserves the right to terminate this Rooms Agreement for one or more violations of this provision.

Guest Identification

For security purposes, each guest must be easily identified by the front desk attendant when entering the residence facility. Individuals will be issued a Marquette University Conference Services lanyard/name badge with room key attachment at guest check-in.  Name badge details are pulled from information provided during the room reservation process, which must be completed no later than 7 working days prior to initial arrival date.  A fee of $10 will be incurred for a replacement lanyard/name badge.


Campus parking is available to residential guests at a 2019 summer rate of $7 per vehicle per night.  An additional one-time $7 charge is incurred for a swipe card allowing unlimited in-out access to campus lots for the duration of the stay.  MasterCard or Visa are accepted forms of payment.  The desk receptionist will provide individual drivers with a university-issued parking permit and swipe card at check-in.


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