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Honoring Uphaus' Legacy

April 03, 2017

CONWAY — The 1950s battle between the pacifist director of the World Fellowship Center in Albany and a possibly "power-crazed" state attorney general was recalled by panelists at a program — "'More Than Just Ourselves': Willard Uphaus, Louis Wyman and Civil Liberties in the McCarthy Era" — given Monday to a crowd of about 40 at Kennett High School's Loynd Auditorium.

The evening was made possible with a grant from New Hampshire Humanities, which sponsors events around the state. The panel consisted of University of New Hampshire Professor of History W. Jeffrey Bolster, New Hampshire Council of Churches Executive Director Clare Chapman and Plymouth State University Associate Professor of Philosophy Maria Sanders. UNH Professor of English and Humanities Michael Ferber served as the evening's moderator.

February 09, 2017

By: Kathy Cleveland

Staff Writer

AMHERST – Why is the United States never in the top 10 in worldwide surveys of happiness? Can money buy happiness? And what is happiness?

Maria Sanders, who teaches philosophy at Plymouth State University, has been tackling those weighty questions for years. The “Quest for Happiness,” the name of her recent talk at the Amherst Town Library, has been at the core of philosophical studies for 2,500 years.

October 28, 2016

The highly-anticipated and newly-revised Humanities to Go Catalog of Programs and Presenters was unveiled to an audience of more than 100 humanities enthusiasts, including presenters, hosts and supporters, at a launch celebration in October. Renowned fiddler and historian Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki shared the trials of Irish emigrants through stories and traditional song. Maria Sanders, philosophy professor, discussed the eternal quest for happiness and how that concept has changed throughout Western civilization. Our “starry messenger,” Galileo, portrayed by Michael Francis, spoke of his discoveries using his newly-devised spyglass to explore the wonders of the universe. The new catalog includes topics ranging from the hard-working women who paved the way for Rosie the Riveter’s generation to a chilling New Hampshire crime that stunned the nation; the influence of hip hop on our culture to the vital role that lighthouses play in our history; the golden age of American animation to the ethics of manipulation in television, and many more.  

The Clock Online

By: Brendan Sullivan

Kelsey Davis, News Editor

On October 22, from 10am-2pm, Plymouth State University will be hosting the kickoff event of the Happiness Quest. Started by Dr. Maria Sanders, an associate Philosophy professor at Plymouth State University, and several other members of faculty, the Happiness Quest is a year-long, community based research project. Anyone who lives in the Plymouth area is welcome to participate. The Happiness Quest is made up of 35 events spread out through the year. The goal is that at the end of the year, the team is able to get a comprehensive idea of how happy those in Plymouth are and what exactly makes them happy. In order to get an accurate result, participants are encouraged to fill out a survey both at the first and last event. The main question Dr. Sanders is looking to answer is “do different types of connections or engagements impact people’s levels of happiness differently, and does the type of engagement matter?”


By: Taylor Racevisius

Are You Happy?

There's something we as humans all share. A collective want for something that we can't always have on our own. Happiness - common ground that everyone is obsessed with. I guess the undeniable question is how do we achieve happiness? What is the underlying force that allows us to find our own personal nirvana? Can we truly be happy? What is true happiness?

We are not alone in our search for answers. Dr. Maria Sanders of Plymouth State University has decided to submerge herself along with many others in the search for happiness. The best part is, were all invited to join.

April 24, 2015

By: Bruce Lyndes

Plymouth - N.H.

PSU names Campus Compact for New Hampshire Award Winners: Maria Sanders, Monica McKeon, and the White Mountain National Forest Honored for Civic Efforts. 

A student volunteer, a philosophy professor and a federal agency were chosen by Plymouth State University to be honored by the Campus Compact for New Hampshire (CCNH) at its annual Presidents’ Awards presentation April 8 in Bedford. CCNH is a statewide consortium of college and university presidents dedicated to advancing the civic purposes of higher education. PSU president Sara Jayne Steen said that such community engagement epitomizes Plymouth State University’s motto, Ut prosim (That I may serve).

“We are so grateful for the extraordinary engagement we see here,” Steen said.  “Students, faculty and staff, and regional partners step up to make a difference in the lives of New Hampshire’s citizens.  PSU’s motto is Ut prosim (That I May Serve), and it is lived here through strong partnerships, as people come together with energy and innovation to solve problems.”

Applied Ethics at Whole Villge

October 07, 2014

Six students of the Applied Ethics class, taught by Dr. Maria Sanders at Plymouth State University, took a trip to the Whole Village Family Resource Center to have a discussion on food ethics and how they are applied outside of the classroom. Whole Village is a community based, non-profit organization that has dedicated itself to assisting and educating families on a variety of subjects. The class went down to have a discussion with Mrs. Lisa Ford, and discuss what Whole Village has been doing in terms of food ethics.

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