Our third event was co-hosted by the Windsor Philosophical Association and the Humanities Research Group (University of Windsor). The event was a dance party at the Walkerville Brewing Company for new and returning students in the arts, humanities, and social sciences at the University of Windsor. DJ Lexis (Stephen Pender) and Martin Deck presided musically over the evening and the first annual Stan Cunningham Prize for Public Philosophy was presented to Kiril Lazarevski, an undergraduate student in Philosophy at the University of Windsor. This prize is meant to encourage students to bring their reflections beyond the normal boundaries of philosophical discourse and into the public sphere. This first cash prize was presented by Dr. Cunningham (Department of Philosophy, then Communication Studies at the University of Windsor) and valued at $200.
The WPA began as an informal alumni society for the Department of Philosophy at the University of Windsor. Shortly after the inception of the WPA it became a loose knit association of alumni from the department of philosophy, philosophers located in Windsor, and generally friends of philosophy within the region. This more general association was intended to be an open group that supports the development of a critical community of the philosophically minded within the region. The WPA supported both student and independent scholarship and encourages philosophers to bring their research beyond the bounds of the university and into the public sphere.
In May of 2013, the WPA transformed again into the WP(A)A, a registered Non-Profit Corporation and Charitable Organization in Ontario. The notion behind this latest transformation is to establish a non-profit artist organization (akin to Artcite, Windsor) dedicated to supporting independent philosophical scholarship and philosophers intervention events within the greater Windsor region.