The first conference in North America on Heidegger’s philosophy, which took its point of departure from a message sent by Heidegger himself, was held at Drew University, Madison, NJ, in April 1964. Through the initiative of Manfred Frings in 1965, then at Duquesne University, and in 1966 at DePaul University, two conferences on Heidegger ensued at these universities in the fall of 1966. Their proceedings were published, each with messages from Martin Heidegger, by Duquesne University Press and by Quadrangle Books, Chicago, respectively. Participants at the Heidegger conference at DePaul University in 1966 agreed that meetings should be held annually for the purposes of sharing current research interests on and discussion of Heidegger's works. The Heidegger Circle Annual Meeting began in 1967.

Each year, a faculty member at the hosting university functions as convener. Attendance at the conference is open to all Heidegger Circle members. All interested scholars are welcome to submit papers, which are blind-reviewed. Papers are collected in proceedings and are delivered consecutively at the conference. The 51st Annual Meeting of the Heidegger Circle will be held in Walla Walla, WA, and convened by Dr. Julia A Ireland, Professor of Philosophy at Whitman College.

This website is intended as a resource for scholars interested in attending the 2017 Heidegger Circle Annual Meeting as well as related academic opportunities for Whitman College students during the 2016/2017 school year. For full access to the organization's other events, papers, membership, or to make a tax-deductible donation, please visit the official Heidegger Circle organization's website at: www.heideggercircle.org/


This year's Heidegger Circle Annual Meeting will be held in Walla Walla, Washington. A lush agricultural valley with an unusual name, Walla Walla was named "many waters" by the indigenous people of the Northwest Plateau. Our valley is nestled in the southeastern corner of Washington State, at the foot of the Blue Mountains and within easy reach of the Snake and Columbia rivers.

Walla Walla is famous for its world class wines, sweet onions, wheat agriculture, charming historical downtown, and is home to Whitman College. While there are wonderful shops, art galleries, restaurants, and tasting rooms within walking distance of the historic Marcus Whitman Hotel, you will no doubt want to explore the beauty of the greater Walla Walla Valley while you're here. There are excellent biking routes, winery tours, specialty farms, and breathtaking vistas to lure you away from the city center and into the surrounding rolling hills.