Upcoming Events

“Maine Calling” on Maine Public Radio

Monday, June 12th, 1-2pm
Live Call-in Broadcast with Hosts Jenifer Rooks and Keith Shortall
Portland, Maine

Marietta chats with her hosts and author Christopher Phillips about the countless merits and techniques involved in sharing philosophy with children. Questions and comments from listeners are encouraged. The show is produced by Jonathan Smith, also the producer of Marietta’s spirited interview with Diane Rehm upon the release of Little Big Minds. You can listen to the live and recorded show here.

Summer Workshops Using Little Big Minds

July 13th, 14th, 17, and 18th, 2017
Charlottesville, VA

Join Marietta, for one day or for four, to discuss all the ways to introduce children to the art of clear thinking. Click here to view the 2017 brochure detailing the workshops as well as the registration form.

Philosophy in the Garden

Saturday, September 23, 2017   2-4pm
JMD Farm Market and Garden Center
Staunton, VA

Join us on a lovely early autumn afternoon in the Garden at JMD Farm and Garden Center for a talk, a tasting, and a tour. This place showcases Community Sustainable Agriculture at its best—bounty and beauty from the farm and gardens. Marietta’s interactive talk, “Gardens Are Us,” begins at 2:30. The price of $30.00 includes one personalized copy of your choosing of any of her three books: Little Big Minds, How Philosophy Can Your Life, or The Philosopher’s Table, plus a tour of the Garden and fresh farm tastings. Space is limited and reservations are required. Rain or shine. For reservations or questions, visit or call 540-9430084.

Careers Connections Conference: For Women Who Are Going Places

Monday, October 23, 2017
Hollins University
Roanoke, VA

Marietta returns to her beloved alma mater as a participant in this sixth annual, daylong Hollins University Conference. Her topic suits like a well-oiled baseball mitt: “Translating the Liberal Arts into a Career: Writing and Publishing.” Selected alumnae will meet with undergraduates who will face the potentially daunting transition from college to career. There’s still no better place than Hollins to convince and prepare its students to seize opportunities and to create new possibilities. The sky is not the limit for Hollins graduates! Having first set foot on an autumn day on this beautiful campus, Marietta looks forward to strolling around Front Quad and looking up at Tinker Mountain.

Most Recent Past Events

Using Philosophy Within Prison Walls

April 14, 2017 1-4pm
Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women
Troy, VA

Marietta returns with her philosophical toolkit to continue her discussion with inmates at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women who are enrolled in the PVCC English 211 course entitled Creative Writing. On her first visit on February 17, the animated conversation centered around the concepts of Courage and Humanity from Little Big Minds. The students were prepared, engaged, smart, reflective, and honest. They wrote poetry and sketched, talked and inquired. For this session, clarity about Flexibility and Serenity from How Philosophy Can Save Your Life grounds their time together. What will they learn? What will Marietta learn?

A Conversation about the Art of Conversation

Thursday, March 9, 2017 3-5pm
Bogue Banks Library
Pine Knoll Shores, North Carolina

Marietta’s most requested topic of the past several years, sharing the secrets for enjoying meaningful conversations, comes alive for those gathered at the Bogue Banks Library. Why is this topic in such high demand? What are the barriers to genuine conversation? Once the problems are unveiled, she will pose a solution for each roadblock standing in the way of true communication. We thrive on relationship forged by mutual understanding and respect, and our lives suffer without it—so let’s get right to it! Marietta’s three books will be available for sale and signing before and after the talk. She’ll greet arrivals at 3 for casual chatting and her interactive talk begins at 3:30. She’ll hang around afterward for conversation, of course, and to answer any lingering questions and gain some new insights from members of the audience.

Wednesday Night at St. Francis by the Sea

March 8, 2017 at 5:30 pm
Salter Path, North Carolina

Marietta joins members of the congregation and the larger community for a simple supper at 5:30 followed by a talk, free and open to one and all, at 6:30: “The Arts of Clear Thinking and Rethinking.” She will present four commonly-used terms that cry out for better clarity and fresh new meanings: Success, Education, Kindness, and Gratitude. Participants will think about other ideas that they believe need another look—in their own lives, their community, their country, well, in the world we share. Her three books will be available for sale and signing before and after her interactive presentation, and she will hang around and chat after her talk ends around 7:45. Come one, come all, let’s dine on mental clarity!

A Talk Sponsored by the Carteret Writers Group: “Writing a Book and Publishing It – Sweet and Difficult”

March 8, 2017, Noon
Golden Corral
Morehead City, North Carolina

For the monthly speaker series presented by the Carteret Writers Group and open to any and everyone, Marietta gathers with early arrivals for casual conversation at 11:15. Her talk centers on the craft of writing and the mysteries of publication that she continues to discover in her journey with her three books. The talk begins promptly at noon—you can purchase lunch if you like or come only to feast on good conversation! If you’re dining, be sure to be settled in with your meal by 12. There will be time for questions (never enough) and her three books will be available for purchase and signing, both before and after her presentation. Again, this festive occasion is free and open to the public.

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