The HYPE Conference
Hosting Young Philosophy Enthusiasts
The HYPE Conference started as a Senior Project back in 2009 that was hosted in a hallway at Souhegan High School with only a handful of students. HYPE is an opportunity for high school students to have meaningful philosophical discussions centered on philosophical topics centered on ethics and civil discourse. From that hallway, we have grown to host 1,200 students and faculty, who are interested in student voice and leadership, at our University of New Hampshire Durham venue. HYPE takes philosophy out of the classroom and puts it directly in students’ hands. Each year, participants travel to UNH for a day of intense discussion and philosophical debate centered on a guiding question. This past year's Essential Question was supposed to be"How do external factors influence and form our biases?" however HYPE 2020 was canceled due to the pandemic.