PPE News: PPE Undergraduate Club

The PPE Undergraduate Student Ambassadors are launching a new club at Virginia Tech.

The PPE Club aims to provide a forum for students to use the intellectual tools necessary to understand the big ideas behind our most important social, ethical, political, and economic questions. In doing so, PPE prepares students for careers in law, business, public policy, academia, government, and the tech industry.

The first PPE Club meeting will take place on March 28, 2019, at 6:30pm in 215 Major Williams Hall. Free pizza and soft drinks will be provided. All undergraduate students are welcome to attend!

PPE Speaker Series: Michael Douma

Michael Douma from Georgetown University will give a talk on the topic “Creative Historical Thinking.” The talk will take place on April 10, 2019, from 4-5:30pm in Brush Mountain A (Squires Student Center). The talk is tailored to appeal to both students and faculty, with plenty of time for discussion and interaction with the guest speaker. You are cordially invited to attend.

The talk will be based on Professor Douma’s new book Creative Historical Thinking (Routledge, 2018). It will entail an interactive presentation about what it means for a historian to be creative and how to think about history in new ways and explore topics such as visualizations of time in spatial form, creative classroom diagrams, and the history of why men stopped wearing hats.

PPE Undergraduate Student Ambassadorships

Each academic year, the PPE Program selects several undergraduate students to serve as ambassadors for the program. The primary tasks of the ambassadors are to (i) work closely with PPE faculty and staff on the development of the program, (ii) serve as a student contact for PPE events, such as the PPE Speaker Series and the PPE Distinguished Public Lecture, and ideally (iii) take on a leadership role in the PPE Undergraduate Club. For more information about PPE events and activities, please follow this link.

The application process for next year’s PPE Undergraduate Student Ambassadorships is now open. Any student enrolled in a PPE degree (major or minor) is eligible to apply. Please submit a short personal statement that explains your interest in becoming a PPE Undergraduate Student Ambassador, whether you are a PPE major or minor, and your resume. The application materials must be submitted to Professor Moehler (moehler@nullvt.edu) by April 9, 2019.

We look forward to receiving your application!