Here is our comprehensive list of all the independently-run Socrates Cafes around the world. You can also view the 70 Socrates Cafes that are listed on Meetup.com with over 30,000 members. And please let us know of any groups we’ve missed, or if there’s any information that needs to be updated. This is forever a work in progress.
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1.Meets at the Anchorage Senior Center on Fridays Contact Vera at: email@example.com
Email Bill Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org Z.J. Loussac Library 3600 Denali St. Public Conference Room, 1st floor Thursday,
Contact: john spitzberg, email@example.com
Contact: Thomas McGuire, who says, “I may be contacted through the Town of Cave Creek official web site, – Town Council members”
Here’s his info on that page:
Term Starts: Dec 2016
|38846 N Spur Cross Rd|
Cave Creek, AZ 85331
Glendale Public Library, 5959 W. Brown St. Phone: 623 930 3530
Meetings take place on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month in the library’s large meeting room
For more info call (623) 930-3571 or email: IJARVIS@glendaleaz.com
Peregrine Book Company
219A North Cortez
Prescott, AZ 86301
Sedona public library. Contact Barbara at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sierra Vista Public Library, 2600 E. Tacoma Ave., Phone 520 458 4225 Website: http://www.sierravistaaz.gov/event/socrates-cafe-library/2017-01-13/
Sun City Library (Maricopa County Library District), 16628 N. 99 Ave., Phone 602 652 3000
For details call (623) 974-2569 or email JennieO’Leay@mcldaz.org
- Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe Phone 480 730 0205
2. Pyle Adult Recreation Center. Meets on the first Saturday of each month at the Pyle Adult Center (SW corner of Southern and Rural). Address: 655 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ 85282. Phone 480 350 5211
- Meets Twice a month at Ward 6. Website: http://www.pimalp.org/mc-events/socrates-cafe-tucson-discussion-group-third-saturday-topic-relationship-of-science-and-philosophy/
When: Third Monday of every month, 6:30 p.m. and First Monday of every month, 6:30 p.m. Free, except for the cost of your meal. Call 370-6338, or e-mail email@example.com for more information. Metropolitan Grill address: 7892 N. Oracle Road. Northwest 531-1212
- Pima County Libertarian Party, First and Third Saturdays each month, 9 to 11. http://www.pimalp.org/mc-events/socrates-cafe-tucson-discussion-group-first-and-third-saturday-ego-dystonic-vs-ego-syntonic/ Their site says “Format is a standard Socrates Cafe although not followed exactly.”
Meets at three libraries in the Central Arkansas Library System
- a) McMath Library, 2100 Barrow Road. Meets second Wednesday of the month @ 6 p.m. Phone 501 225 0066
- b) Terry Library, meets third Thursday of the month @ 6 p.m. 2015 Napa Valley Drive, phone: 501 228 0129
- c) Fletcher Library, meets fourth Wednesday of the month at 6 pm. 823 North Buchanan St., Phone 501 663 5457
California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB). Hosted by Philosophy and Religious Studies Club.
Info at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1125829110831765/
Meets Wednesdays, 7 – 9 pm, Espresso Roma on E Street in Davis, CA Contact Scott at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The 1st Wednesday of the month from 3pm – 5pm
Fig Garden Village Shopping Center
730 W Shaw Ave.
Fresno, CA 93704
Contact: Paula Costis
Democracy Cafe. Facilitated one week each year by Christopher Phillips himself, at schools and libraries throughout the area.
Napa Valley College, Philosophy Club, Contact Rob Schillinger, club president, at: email@example.com
Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 WEBSTER STREET AT 22ND ST., UPTOWN OAKLAND, 19TH STREET BART website (needs updating) — https://oaklandoctopus.org/socrates-cafe-6pm
Just getting underway in summer 2018.
Contact: Brent Navarro firstname.lastname@example.org
Meets atZephyr Coffeehouse and Art Gallery2419 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA
Info here: https://www.meetup.com/socratescafe-128/
First and Third Tuesdays of each month, 7 – 9 pm, Meets @ Inklings, 530 Main St., Pleasanton Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.digiassist.com/socrates-cafe-info.html
b) New group formed in September 2017. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meets third friday of each month. San Carlos Adult Community Center 601 Chestnut Street San Carlos, CA 94070 (650) 802-4384
Info here: https://www.meetup.com/San-Diego-Socrates-Cafe/
Meets monthly, on a Monday @ The Commonwealth Club of California: 110 The Embarcadero, San Francisco CA 94105.”
The Valley of the Moon Socrates Café meets on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month, 2:30 – 4:00 PM — 6641 Oakmont Drive,
UMPQUA Bank Conference Room — Contact Roger at email@example.com, (707) 537-7192
Bogart’s Coffee House (directly across the street from Seal Beach Pier)
Democracy Cafe. Usually hold the Democracy Cafe on the third Monday of the month. Held at Many Rivers Books & Tea in Sebastopol.
200 W Oak Ave, Phone 559 713 2700, Meets every second Tuesday of every month, 6:30 pm, in the library’s “blue” meeting room
The Old Gallery, a Center for the Community & Arts, Saturdays during June, July and August, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. For info email Sid at: firstname.lastname@example.org
1.Boulder Main Library, Flatirons Meeting Room, 2nd floor, 11th & Arapahoe in downtown Boulder
Meets the first and third Wednesday of each month
2. West Boulder Senior Center
Boulder, CO 80302
Contact: Larry Winston
Monument Library, 1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive. Held in Monument Study Room
Contact: Kandiss Horch Phone 719 488 2370
Meets at Mountain Resource Center, 11030 Kitty Drive
Here the link to the info on Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Conifer-Socrates-Cafe/
Old Rock Community Library (Gunnison County Library System), 504 Maroon Ave., 970 349 6535
Contact library for details.
a) University of Denver, 6:30 – 7:45 pm every Saturday.
Website (with contact info): https://www.meetup.com/Colorado-Socrates-Cafe-Society/
b) Trinity Methodist Church, 1820 Broadway, Denver, Colorado 80202 Phone: 303-861-1447
c) Denver University https://www.facebook.com/pg/dusocratescafe/about/?ref=page_internal
Gunnison County Library, 307 N. Wisconsin, Gunnison, CO 81230. Organizer: Gunnison Library, Phone:
Monument Library, Meeting Room, 1706 Lake Woodmoor Dr
Third Monday of each month, 7 – 8:30 pm. The Brookfield Library, 182 Whisconier Rd. Phone 203 775 6241
Here’s a sample announcement:
Hosted by the Philosophy Department at Fairfield University, 1073 Benson Rd., Fairfield, CT Contact Dr. DeWitt at RDeWitt@fairfield.edu
Quinnipiac University, Carl Hansen Student Center, SC 117, 275 Mount Carmel Avenue, Hamden, CT 06518
Feature article: http://www.quchronicle.com/2016/09/socrates-cafe-founder-visits-qu/
Kent Memorial Library, 61 Ffyler Place, Phone 860 668 3896
Meets every last Monday of the month
Panera Bread, Bishops Corner
Info here: https://www.meetup.com/Hartford-Area-Socrates-Cafe/
South Coastal Library, 43 Kent Ave., Phone 302 539 5231
Meets 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 2 – 3:30 pm
Contact Rose Mary Hendrix, email@example.com
Rehoboth Beach Public Library, 226 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE, 19971
Meets each Thursday, 1 – 3:30 pm
Phone 302 227 8044
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Takoma Park (DC) Library, 416 Cedar St. NW, Phone 202 567 7252
Last Saturday of each month, contact library for details.
- a) Boca Raton Downtown Library, 400 NW 2nd Ave., Tuesdays, 1:30 – 3 pm
- b) Boca Raton Public Library, Spanish River branch, 1501 NW Spanish River, Blvd, 561 398 7852
Meets every Thursday from 1:30 to 3 pm
Broward County (Ft. Lauderdale)
Third Wednesday of each month from 6-7 pm
At the Stirling Road Branch Library (part of Broward County
Public Library). In their Conference Room.
Barbara O’Hara, Librarian
Stirling Road Branch Library
3151 Stirling Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
Reference Desk: 954-357-7533
Brooksville (Hernando County, Tampa Bay Region)
Meets at two locations:
- a) Spring Hill Branch Library (Maine Branch), meets first Thursday of each month, 5 to 7 pm, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville, FL 352 754 4043
- b) West Hernando Branch, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Brooksville. Meets second Thursday of each month, 5 to 7 pm 352 754 4043
Cocoa Beach Library, Captain’s Room, 550 N. Brevard Avenue
For details call 321 868 1104
Coral Springs Senior Center at Sartory Hall
Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W. Atlantic Ave., 561 266 0194
Meets weekly. Contact the library for more information.
Dunedin Public Library, 223 Douglas Ave.
Meets first Saturday of each month, 10 a.m. til noon, in Meeting Room B.
Gulfport Public Library (Pinellas County), 5501 28th Avenue South. Phone 727 893 1074
Contact library for details.
Highland Beach Library, 3618 S. Ocean Blvd., Phone 561 278 5455
Meets Mondays at 10 a.m.
We have had a Socrates Cafe group meeting in Homosassa , FL for over 10 years. We meet the 3 rd Saturday of each month from 10am to noon at the Homosassa Public Library. Address: 4100 S Grandmarch Ave, Homosassa, FL 34446
I am the usual facilitator. Barry Schwartz
meets every other Wednesday at the Starbucks in Jacksonville Beach.
975 3rd St S, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
Meetup info here:
Contact Velanna at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Luna Star Cafe in North Miami beginning Aug 21, 2019. Contact Darrell at email@example.com
a) If interested in being part of a group, contact Gail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
b) Vanguard High School, part of their wonderful Theory of Knowledge class of their International Baccalaureate program
a) Valencia College, East Campus. Meets monthly, open to public. Facilitated by Justin Stone, Professor of Humanities.
b) Democracy Cafe/ Constitution Cafe to be started by a student club at Valencia College with the help of the marvelous Justin Stone email@example.com
c) Bilingual (Spanish-English) group. Contact Ixia for meeting information at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., Phone 727 784 3332
Meets the first Thursday of each month at 6 PM and the third Thursday of each month at 1 PM at the Palm Harbor Library. Contact Betcinda Kettells at 727 784-3332 x3006 for more information.
Started in April 2006. A second group was added in April 2007
Every Tuesday 10 – 11:30 a.m. Parkland YMCA Info, contact: email@example.com or call 954-384-9622.
- a) Selby Library, 1331 1st Street.
Contact Jim Chastain for details: 941 953 9539
- b) Gulf Gate Library, 7112 Curtis Ave.
Contact Jim Chastain for details: 941 953 9539
- c) Fruitville Library
Contact Jim Chastain for details: 941 953 9539
Seminole Community Library @ St. Petersburg College, Seminole Campus, Phone: 727 394 6905
Contact library for meeting details
Meets at First Church West, 9904 NW 77th St., Phone 954 726 2303 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Meets third Saturday of each month, 10 a.m. – 2 pm, Website: http://www.firstchurchwest.biz/site/cpage.asp?cpage_id=180067835&sec_id=180015085
a. Seminole Heights Library, 4711 N. Central Ave.
More info at: https://www.meetup.com/Socates-Cafe-The-unexamined-life-is-not-worth-living/
b. Retirement community Contact Kenneth at: Goltencl@msn.com
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Venice, 1971 Pinebrook Rd
Venice 34292 Contact Mimi Welch, 941-918-1379 or email@example.com.
West Palm Beach
Palm Beach County Library System, 3650 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. Phone 561 233 2600
Meets at the Gardens Branch. Contact the county library system for details.
Contact Art at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact David Johnson at: Hawaiidhr@yahoo.com or call 808-205-0063
Meets at Papa Joe’s on the corner of Capital Boulevard and University Drive in Boise, Idaho. The address is 1301 South Capital Blvd., 83706.
Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N. Dunlon Ave., Phone 847 392 0100
Elgin Community College, Coordinator and facilitator, Dr. David Zacker. Contact: DZacker@Elgin.edu Meets every other week in room C120, a.k.a. the “The Fishbowl”, 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m
Meets at Barnes&Noble in Geneva. Contact Roger Breisch at: REBreisch@alum.mit.edu
Meets monthly. Oak Park Arms (an independent living and assisted living retirement community), at 408 S. Oak Park Avenue website: oakparkarms.com
Illinois Valley Community College
More info at: https://www.facebook.com/ivsocratescafe/
Meets once a month for now at The Village Grind, 19 Main Street. Third Wednesday of each month, 5 – 6:30 pm
Contact coordinator Lynne Mattingly at: email@example.com
Quincy Public Library, 526 Jersey St., Quincy IL For more information visit quincylibrary.org
Meets at Madison County History Center, 11 W. 11th St.
For more information, e-mail SocratesCafe@ NDWave.com
- a) Allen County Public Library, Main Branch, 900 Library Plaza, Phone 260 421 1200
- b) Allen County Public Library, Dupont Branch 536 E. Dupont St. Phone 260 421 1315
Tuesdays from 7 to 9 pm
Perkfection Café & Bar
359 Spring St.
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Drake Community Library, 930 Park St., Phone: 641 236 2661
Meets every Thursday evening at 6:30 pm
For more details contact Laforest Sherman at 641.275.0501 (cell) or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Just getting underway in March 2020. Will meet at a local coffeehouse. The fabulous organizer, a student at Wartburg College, is Alondra Gonzalez. email@example.com
Kansas Wesleyan University, Philosophy & Religion Department, and also launching community-wide
Cafe Mimosa, 1543 Bardstown Rd. Info here: https://www.meetup.com/Socrates-Cafe-Louisville/
Thomas Memorial Library, 6 Scott Dyer Rd., Phone 207 799 1720
Meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm
Group info: https://www.meetup.com/Downeast-Socrates-Cafe-New-Gloucester-Maine/
Skowhegan Free Public Library, 9 Elm St., Skowhegan, ME Phone 207 474 8691
South Portland Public Library
Meets the fourth Thursday of the month, 6:30 pm, Main Library, 482 Broadway, Phone: 207 767 7660
Windham Public Library., 217 Windham Center Road, Windham, ME.
For all the details contact Ray at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Waterville Public Library
73 Elm St. Phone: 207 872 5433
Call library for details.
Meets at The Wine Bar, 414 Race St., contact Art at: email@example.com
2nd & 4th MONDAY of each month at 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Owen Brown Interfaith Center Music Room
7246 Cradlerock Way, 21045 Columbia, MD
If you’d like to gather at the public library, contact Steven Marchetti at: SMarchetti3@comcast.net
2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, starting at 7pm at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Center, 1704 Old Eastern Avenue, Essex, Md 21221
Once a month beginning in October, the 3rd Thursday evening of each month.
Montgomery County Public Library, 3500 Olney Laytonsville Rd.
Olney, MD 20832
240 773 9541
Contact: Alessandro Russo, Senior Librarian
Montgomery County Public Libraries
Assistant Manager, Olney Library
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville
100 Welsh Park Dr Rockville, MD
Meets at Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring Charlene R. Nunley Student Services Center7625 Fenton Street, Takoma Park, MD
Info here: https://www.meetup.com/MarylandSocratesCafe/
There is also a group facilitated every year or so by Christopher Phillips himself at the Takoma Park Public Library. Phillips has been doing this since 1996, always holding the gathering in the children’s library section; it is open to everyone of any age.
Duxbury Free Library, 77 Alden St., Phone 781 934 2721
Meets Wednesdays, 3-5 pm (The Socrates Cafe is for teens)
Flint Public Library, 1 South Main St., Middleton, MA 01949
The Socrates Cafe is a discussion group for those who like to ponder the deep issues of life and who enjoy a thought-provoking conversation.
All are welcome; no registration is required. Currently we are discussing fundamental ideas found in the US Constitution, The Declaration of Independence, and the Bill or Rights.
Please join us! This program will take place in the Trustees Room.
Info here: https://www.meetup.com/Pioneer-Valley-Socrates-Cafe/
Southwick Public Library. Meet every 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s Community Room.
95 Feeding Hills Road, Route 57 (at Rebecca Lobo Way – the entrance to Southwick-Tolland Regional High School) Southwick, MA 01077
West Bridgewater Public Library, 80 Howard Street.
Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)
Assumption College, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609
Info here: https://assumptionwise.org/event-2392359
Ashtenaw Community College, 4800 E Huron River Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 Sponsored by Philosophy Club Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Baldwin Public Library, 300 W. Merrill St., Birmingham, MI Phone: 248 647 1700 Contact library for dates and times.
Hope College, Meets in Lubbers Hall 121, sponsored by Philosophy Department in the Arts & Humanities Division
Starting Aug 2019. Here’s the Facebook linkhttps://www.facebook.com/Socrates-Caf%C3%A9-Grand-Rapids-751184481926587/: https://www.facebook.com/Socrates-Caf%C3%A9-Grand-Rapids-751184481926587/
Royal Oak High School, Royal Oak High School, 1500 Lexington Blvd., Royal Oak, MI 48073
ROHS: 248-435-8500 Contact Steve Chisnell from this site: http://www.chisnell.com/organizations/contact-me/
Troy (Constitution Cafe)
Meets the second Sunday of each month, Troy Historic Village
Here’s a link to the info: http://www.troyhistoricvillage.org/constitution-cafes/
The Interchange Wine and Coffee Bistro, 211 S. Broadway, Second Wednesday of each month, 10 a.m.
Started November 1st, 2005, there is a Tuesday Socrates Café meeting in Burnsville. This group is moderated by Jon Anderson. Tuesdays from 7 pm, Byerly’s, 401 County Rd. 42. E. Burnsville, MN 55306
Contact: Jon Anderson
Rockford Road Public Library, 6401 42nd Ave. N. Phone 651 292 9816
“Sit back and philosophize with your friends and neighbors at the Rockford Road Library. The topic is decided by popular vote at the beginning of the meeting. All welcomed; no experience necessary.”
Please join ICC philosophy instructor, Brian Vroman, in the Riverview Room at the Grand Rapids Library. Sporadic dates – Please contact the Grand Rapids Library for dates and times.
Riverview Room, Grand Rapids Library, 140 NE 2nd Street, Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Contact: Brian Vroman
Website: Grand Rapids Library
- Rainy River Community College – Contacct Charlotte Klesman for more information.
2. Monthly Meetings being held the 2nd Tuesday of the month – open to the public. International Falls Public Library 750 4th St.
International Falls, MN 56649
Contact: Charlotte Klesman
- Tuesdays from 7pm – 8:30, Vicinity Coffee – northwest corner of 34th Street and Lyndale Av South 3350 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55410
Contact: Mark Hollock, 612-889-1527
2. Braden Lodge #168, fourth Thursday of each month, Freemasons. Link: http://www.bradenlodge.org/events
Ridgedale Public Library (Hennepin County), 12601 Ridgedale Drive, Phone 612 543 8800
Meets Thursdays from 7 pm to 8:40 pm (ongoing since 2001, founded by the amazing Dennis Dienst, board member of DemocracyCafe.org)
Started on Wednesday, March 30th, 2005, this group meets every Wednesday. This group is moderated by Jon Anderson. Wednesdays at 6:30 pm, Seward Market, 2823 E. Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Contact: Jon Anderson email@example.com
2. Second & Fourth Sundays from 5:30 – 7 pm, Nina’s Coffee Café – map, 165 Western Ave. N.
St. Paul, MN 55102, 651-292-9816
Winona State University Retiree Center, meets at the Center on the fourth Tuesday of each month, 2 – 4 pm Winona State University Alumni House, 227 W 7th Street, Winona, MN, 55987 Phone: 507.457.5565, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Link to pdf: https://www.winona.edu/retiree/Media/2009SocratesCafe.pdf
Lincoln County Public Library, 100 S. Jackson St. Phone 601 833 3369
“Finding Meaning in Life: Socrates Cafe Members Discuss Some Heady Topics” http://www.dailyleader.com/2014/02/28/finding-meaning-in-life-socrates-cafe-members-debate-some-heady-topics-thursday/
Held at the St. Catherine’s Village retirement community but is open to the public.
The Fourth Thursday of the month in
The Dogwood Room at St. Catherine’s Village
200 Dominican Drive
Madison, MS 39110
Contact: Shirley Marshall, Activities Director – 601-856-0130
Moderator: Cal Hopper
Columbia Public Library (Daniel Boone Regional Library), 100 W. Broadway Phone 573 443 3161
Meets at The Library Center, 4653 South Campbell Avenue, Springfield, MO
Website with info: https://www.meetup.com/socratescafe-119/
Bitterroot Public Library, 306 State St., Phone 406 363 1670
Contact library for details. Socrates Café is held in the meeting room
Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main Phone 406 721 2665, Email email@example.com
Meets 1st Wednesday of each month, 6 – 9 pm
1.Black Mountain Institute, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Conference Room
Link to past meetings: https://www.facebook.com/events/153833831669297
2.Reading Room, Mandalay Place
Meets at Toadstool Bookshop: Lorden Plaza (upper bldg), 614 Nashua St ~ Ph 603 673-1734, Milford, NH 03055 Contact Simon: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meets last Monday of the month @ 7 pm in the Main Room of the Meeting House at 687 Larch Ave., Teaneck, NJ
contact Gregg at: email@example.com
North Haledon Free Public Library
129 Overlook Avenue. Phone: 973 427 6213
Montclair (where it all began, over 22 years ago)
a) Website with info: https://www.meetup.com/Montclair-Socrates-Cafe/
b) Montclair Adult School: Contact Steve Marchetti at Smarchetti3@comcast Note: Steve was one of the very first people to facilitate a Socrates Cafe in the group Chris Phillips started! You will definitely want to take part with him and see him in action.
Monroe Township Public library, 4 Municipal Plaza, meets the first Wednesday of each month.
Contact: Noreen Gumnic @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Old Bridge Public Library1 Old Bridge Plaza
Old Bridge, 08857 + Google Map
Phone:732 721 5600 x5033
Plainsboro Public Library, 9 Van Doren St. Phone: 609 275 2897
Contact library for details.
- a) West Windsor Library, 333 North Post Road, Phone: 609 799 0462.
Contact library for details.
- b) Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon St., Phone: 609 924 9529
Meets fourth Tuesday of each month, 7 to 9 pm
Contact Library for more details.
Mercer County Library (www.mcl.org), 333 North Post Road in Princeton Junction West. Call library for details: 609 799 0462
Crane Branch Library, sponsored by Elmwood Village Association, 875 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222, Phone: 716-881-0707
Half Hollow Hills Community Library
Dix Hills Building
55 Vanderbilt Parkway
Phone 631 421 4535
Socrates Cafe for Young Adults
East Hampton Library, 159 Main St. For details call: 631 324 0222, ext. 3
Sachem Public Library, 150 Holbrook Rd., Adult Area Meeting Room, once a month, 7 – 8:30 pm
New York City (Big Apple)
Info here: https://www.meetup.com/NYCSocratesCafe/
1) Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Queens. Meets the first Wednesday of the month. Contact Lisa at: email@example.com
2) Meets at Panera Bread Cafe38-01 35th Avenue (off Steinway street), ASTORIA, Queens 11101, NY
More info here: https://www.meetup.com/philosophy101/
Part of UNC Chapel Hill’s Philosophy Outreach program. Contact Steven Swartzer at: firstname.lastname@example.org
First and Third Tuesday of every month, 11:30 – 1:30 pm, Radbourne Clubhouse, 3325 Radbourne Drive,
Second and Fourth Friday each month, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Aquesta Bank, 19510 Jetton Road, Cornelius, NC
Atria Southpoint Walk Senior Living Community, 5705 Fayetteville Road
Durham, NC 27713 Contact: Joan Welch, Director of Life Enrichment, 919 666 2624
Western Alamance High School — Constitution Cafe. The sponsoring teacher is Sean Quinn.F
Starting Aug 2019. Contact Kelly Lindsay, Information Services, Cumberland County Public Library email@example.com
Enloe High School (student initiated), Contact Cristan at:
Harper Library, 309 W. Moore St.,
Meets first and third Mondays, 9:30 a.m. (Friends of the Library, for Lifelong Learners)
University of North Dakota, Meets in O’Kelly, Rm 260, 221 Centennial Dr., Contact Tammy Carmichael: 701 777 3015 Website: http://und.edu/calendar/index.php/view/event/detail/45103/isp-turns-30-socrates-cafe
Akron-Summit Public Library, Nordonia Hills Branch
Phone 330 467 8595
The Socrates Cafe is a regular gathering of adults engaging in great conversation, exploring current events, thoughtful ideas, and reasoned debates. Come and take part, or just listen to the discussion!
For all patrons 16 & over. No registration necessary – No homework – No assigned reading.
Based on the book by CHRISTOPHER PHILLIPS, the Cafe opens the second Wednesday each month. New cafe-goers are always welcome!
Berea, OH – Socrates Café
2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each month – 2nd Tuesday: 7:00-8:30 – 4th Tuesday: 7:30-9:00
St. Thomas Episcopal Church
50 East Bagley Road
Berea, OH 44017
Contact: Clint Anderson
1.Jackson Township Branch, 7186 Fulton Dr. NW, Contact: Jackson@starklibrary.org phone: 330 833 1010
Meets at Coffee Phix4485 Mayfield Road (between Key Bank and Marc’s Pharmacy), South Euclid, OH
More info here: https://www.meetup.com/Socrates-Cafe-of-Cleveland/
2. Avenue Arts Marketplace and Theater, 10 a.m. – 12 noon, third Saturday of each month, 324 Cleveland Ave NW, Canton, 44702
Contact Michael O’Connell at: firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Wright State University, 2nd Thursday of each month. 1 – 2:30 pm Phone Retiree Association at: 937 775 2777
Held at Temple Beth Or in Kettering at the junction of Rahn and Marshall Roads.
at Temple Beth Or in Kettering at the junction of Rahn and Marshall Roads.
2. Temple Beth Or, 5275 Marshall Road, Dayton, Ohio 45429, 937.435.3400 Contact: Call Ellen Lauber, 432-0970 or e-mail email@example.com.
Meets at the Licking County Main Library on Main St. in Newark the 1st Monday of the month 7- 8 PM and the third Monday of the month 7-8 PM at the River Road Coffee House on River Road in Granville, OH .
Huron Public Library, 333 Williams St., Phone: 419 333 5009
Contact the library for meeting dates and times. Started in 2011.
Kendal Senior Community, Contact Erika at
Meets every 2nd Tuesday at the Coffee Phix Cafe at 7:00 pm. Discussion goes until 9:00 pm. Location: Coffee Phix Café, 4485 Mayfield Road, South Euclid, OH 44121
Unitarian Universalist Church, 1105 Elm. St. (at Illinois), Youngstown, OH 44505, phone: 330-746-3067
McAlester Public Library, 401 N. 2nd St Phone 918 426 0930
Oklahoma City Community College, Main Campus, Main Building, Contact: Office of Student Life at: SLStaffDL@occc.edu
Meets each second and fourth Thursday of the month. Dudley’s Bookshop, 135 NW Minnesota Ave. Bend, OR, 97701 Second and fourth Thursdays at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Contact: Carrie Ebner
and a Philosophers’ Club!
Meets at Pilot Butte Middle School
Rogue Valley Manor (retirement community).1200 Mira Mar Ave. Phone: 541 857 7600
Contact Janet at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Petite Provence, 1824 Northeast Alberta Street, Portland, OR 97211, Third Thursdays at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm (Facilitators meeting begins at 6pm at same location right before the meeting. all are welcome) Contact: email@example.com
Feature article: http://www.oregonlive.com/living/index.ssf/2010/01/socrates_cafe_gives_philosophical_portlanders_something_to_ponder.html
A number of longtime ongoing groups are listed on this great site: https://socratescafepdx.wordpress.com/
Meetup info at: https://www.meetup.com/Portland-Socrates-Cafe/
Meets on the third Wednesday of each month at: The Beanery, 220 Liberty N.E., Salem, Oregon 97301 Contact: Dick at 503.581.4006
Abington Township Public Library, 1030 Old Yorke Rd., Phone 215 885 5180
Meets every second Wednesday of the month from 10:30 a.m. until noon.
The Old Gallery, zipcode 80510. Meets second and fourth Saturdays, 9:30 – 11 a.m., June, July and August. Meets in the cabin behind the gallery. Contact Syd at firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.theoldgallery.org/things-to-do/discussion-groups/socrates-cafe/
For all the info, contact James, at Albright College (Reading, PA) at: email@example.com
Bloomsburg Public Library, 225 Market St., Phone 570 784 0883.
Once a month on a Tuesday at 6 pm
Wissahickon Valley Public Library, 650 Skippack Pike
Meets every Monday at 7 pm
For more information, contact Sandy: firstname.lastname@example.org or (215) 540-0153
Ludington Library, 5. S. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Phone 610 525 1776
Contact library for details
Delmont Public Library, 7 Greensburg Street, Delmont, PA 15626
Meets the third Monday each month at 7 pm,
Phone: (724) – 468-5329
Folklore Coffee & Co., 1 N. Market St.
Info here: https://www.meetup.com/socratescafe-etownpa-gmailcom/
Huntingdon Valley Library, 625 Red Lion Road, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006
Website with info (needs updating): http://hvlibrary.org/2016/08/sept-14-new-socrates-cafe-begins/
Marian Sutherland Kirby Library, 35 Kirby Ave., Phone 570 474 9313, email: email@example.com Meets one Wednesday each month.
Murrysville Community Library, 4130 Sardis Rd., Phone 724 327 1102
Meets first Monday of each month at 7 pm
- The Athenaeum (independent member-supported library), 219 S. 6th St., Phone 215 925 3755
Meets the second Tuesday of each month at 11 a.m.
For details, contact the Socrates Café facilitator, Gil Feinberg, at firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Democracy Cafe, contact Jerry Simon: email@example.com
Squirrel Hill area, Contact Marco at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Upper Perkiomen Valley Library, 350 Main St. Phone: 215 679 2020
Meets first Thursday of each month from 1 – 2:30 pm
- a) Albright Memorial Library, 500 Vine St., Phone: 570 348 3000
Founded about a decade ago and facilitated by Phil Jenkins
Contact the library for details.
- b) Marywood University (during the college semester), Learning Resource Center, Library, 2nd Floor. Contact Phil Jenkins at PJenkins@Marywood.edu
Slippery Rock University, meets at Sweet Jeanine’s, 214 S. Broad (Grove City, PA), Stonehouse Center for Public Humanities, website: stonehousecph.org
Indian Valley Public Library, 100 E. Church Ave., Phone 215 723 9109
Held on the the third Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., and the first Sunday
of each month from 1:30 – 3 pm.
“We are a growing and diverse group that meets the first and Third Thursdays of each month at 1:30 pm in The Alexander Hamilton Library on Main Street in Waynsboro. We welcome new members and out of town guests.” Contact Mark Sparky851@comcast.net
Osterhout Free Library, Reading Room, 71 South Franklin St. Phone 570 823 0156 ext 216
Contact library for information.
Roger Williams University Library, first floor, in Mary Tefft White Cultural Center
Contact Bob Blackburn for details at 401 254 3022
Weaver Library, 41 Grove Ave., Phone 401 434 2453
Meets monthly. For more information, contact librarian Joyce May at (401) 434-2453 or email@example.com.
“Answers to Burning Questions @ Weaver Library’s Socrates Cafe” http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20130812/ENTERTAINMENT/308129948
1.Providence Community Library, 233 Veazie Street
2. International House of Rhode Island, 8 Stimson Ave, Providence, phone 401 421 7181 Every Thursday, following potluck luncheon (12:30pm), at 2:00 pm.
Meets at Earth Fare, 3620 Pelham Road, Greenville, SC
Founded in 2007. All the info is here: https://www.meetup.com/socratescafe-124/
Meets the fourth Thursday of each month beginning May 22 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Hoechst-Celanese Room of the Headquarters Library.
Meets at Rapid City Public Library. Meets every month at the library’s downtown location. 610 Quincy St., Phone: 605 394 4171
Black Hill State University, Sponsored by the Philosophy Club, meeting times vary from week to week.
Sanger High School Socrates Cafe and Philosophers’ Club. The teacher sponsoring this is Leigh Range; the student who organized it is Dylan Sickich.
Meets at Frothy Monkey, 125 5th Ave. South, Coordinator: Brian Fleming
Info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1796857043916717/
If interested in taking part, please contact Sylvia at: DrSylValentine@yahoo.com
Contact Mike at: firstname.lastname@example.org
North Richland Hills
North Richland Hills Library, 9015 Grand Ave., Phone 817 427 6800
Contact library for details
Stephens Central Library (Tom Green County Library System), 35 W. Beauregard Ave.,
Phone 325 655 7321
Meets weekly on Thursdays, 6:30 – 8 pm
a) Second Tuesday of the month, at 2 P.M.
The Twigg Book Shop, 306 Pearl Parkway # 106, San Antonio 78215
Phone: 210 826 6411
b) North East Community Learning Center
c) San Antonio Public Library
If you’d like to take part in their gatherings, which are starting via Zoom in Fall of 2020, please contact: email@example.com
Sanger High School. Socrates Cafe Club. Organized by educator Leigh Range
Cache Valley Unitarian Universalists, 596 E. 900 North, North Logan,, 84321, phone 435 755 2888 Meets at 7 pm on first Tuesday of every month Website: http://cvuu.org/about-connection/socrates-cafe/
Salt Lake City
St. Lake Roasting Co. , 820 E. 400 S.
The St George Socrates Cafe meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7pm. Contact Linda at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Harwood Union High School. 455 VT Route 100. Phone 802 244 5186.
Meets periodically in the Middle School’s Multipurpose Room. Open to the community.
Contact Kathy Cadwell at: email@example.com
On the radio (interview with Chris Phillips):
Peoples Academy. Led by Kate Toland and Marc Ducharme
Waitsfield / Mad River Valley
Joselyn Memorial Library, 4391 Main St., Contact: 802-496-4205 or write: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Senior Center, meets first and third Thursday, 3 – 5, (434) 974-7756
1180 Pepsi Place, Charlottesville, VA 22901
Website with all the info: http://seniorcenterinc.org/calendar/event/76/
2} The CENTER (434) 974-7756
491 Hillsdale Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22901
Turner Ashby High School (once a month, and will eventually have some gatherings open to the community)
Coordinator: Barbara Ryan
Info here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/708198872533032/
- Lord Fairfax Community College, Fauquier Campus Info at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/219739474747076/
- ) Fauquier Library, 11 Winchester St. phone 540 422 8500, Contact Dawn Sowers, 540 422 8517
Democracy Cafe. Sponsored by Williamsburg Universalists on Iron Bound Road. Contact Wayne Moyer at: email@example.com
On occasion on the campus of the College of William & Mary, or at Barnes & Noble College Bookstore in Colonial Williamsburg, by Christopher Phillips himself, when in town.
Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th Street.
Sno-Isle Libraries Administrative & Service Center
7312 35th Ave NE, Marysville, WA 98271-7417
360-651-7000 (local) • 877-766-4753 (toll free)
Third Saturday of each month, starts at pm, Monroe Library, 1070 Village Way, Monroe, WA. 98272
Contact: Jim Bloss (360)794-3786 e mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Socrates Cafe November 6, 2018 at 8:00 am – 9:30 pmPort Townsend Community Center, 620 Tyler St, Port Townsend, WA 98368, USA (This according to website at https://simplestshave.wordpress.com/about/
Luther’s Table, 419 S. Second St., Ste. 1
Info here: https://www.meetup.com/SocratesCafeRenton/
Meets Fridays at 7 P.M
BURLINGTON HOTEL CAFE !
University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse
1.Michelangelo’s Coffee House, 116 State Street- Madison
Meet in the back of Coffee House (Not State Street Side); We meet at 7:00 p.m. every Thursday. Please come prepared to submit your burning question. For more information please call Richard at (608)-257-8869
– See more at: http://isthmus.com/events/Socrates-Cafe-thursdays/#sthash.pUAkuJII.dpuf
Info here: https://www.meetup.com/socratescafe-madison/
2. MADISON SOCRATES CAFE # 2
EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT 7P.M. AT STEEPERY TEA;
430 STATE STREET
MADISON, WI 53703
FOR MORE INFORMATION, E/mail: email@example.com
– See more at: http://isthmus.com/events/soc/#sthash.9t5WxCIT.dpuf
2200 East Kenwood Boulevard Milwaukee W
Info here: https://www.meetup.com/philosophy-180/
Sunday afternoons, 4 – 5:30 pm, Dunn Bros. Coffee, 245 Main St., website: meetup.com/socrates-cafe-racine
University of Wisconsin – Rock County
Info here: https://www.facebook.com/UWSocratesCafe/
University of Wisconsin, Washington County. Mondays at noon in the Fireside Room (FA213). Contact Tait.Szabo@uwc.edu,
4620 47a Ave
Red Deer, AB T4N 3R4
Meets every Wednesday at 2 pm at Pender Island Library
London Public Library, central branch, 251 Dundas St., London 519 661 4600
Meets at 7 pm the last Monday of each month
Ridley Heights, Ontario
Usually meets Fridays at 6:30 p.m. at Oxford Learning, Ridley Heights Plaza, 100 Fourth Ave., in St. Catharines.
If interested in taking part in a Socrates Cafe, please contact Joelle at Morton.Joelle@gmail.com
Quinte West Public Library, Meets one Tuesday each month at 6 pm, at Trenton Main Branch, 7 Creswell Drive
For more information contact Robert at 613 394 3381 ext 3325 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Info here: https://www.meetup.com/ottawa-socrates-cafe/
Socrates Cafes Outside of the U.S. and Canada
Contact Michael White at: email@example.com
East Maitland, New South Wale
Hunter Valley Socratic Society. Meetings are held at 1pm on the first Tuesday of each month at the East Maitland Library, Garnet Road Green Hills (East Maitland). Contact David Atkinson 0408 636 437 or Frank Oakes 02 49 332 956
Grafton, New South Wales
Meetings are held monthly at two locations – Chatswood and Redfern, see the website for more details: http://www.meetup.com/Sydney-Socrates-Cafe/
Here is the info:
Here is the link to their Facebook page with all the info. https://www.facebook.com/SocratesCafeMogilev/
Contact: Suliane Rauber at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rio Grande do Sul
Contact Taina at: email@example.com
Meets at Travelling Through Book Shop & Cafe131 Lower Marsh, SE1 7AE, London
Democracy Cafe. Contact Dickie Bellringer at: firstname.lastname@example.org
CONTACT Diana Lewis at: email@example.com
If interested in being part of a group, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
More info at:
Also you can contact Tobiasz at:
Contact Agapi at: email@example.com
HOLLAND / THE NETHERLANDS
Do you enjoy deep, honest and respectful discussions of fundamental human questions? If yes, then you will love this meet up!
We ask questions and discuss ideas to stimulate critical thinking. We enrich ourselves with the perspectives of others, not to convince others about our own perspectives.
Our meetups are about our own philosophies of life and not necessarily what the great philosophers and academics have said or written. It is not a debating club or a platform for proselytizing. Instead, we place the emphasis on questioning, open mindedness and challenging our own assumptions while listening to and considering the views shared by others.
A Socrates Café meeting typically ends with participants leaving with many more questions than they had at the beginning.
WHAT TOPICS ARE DISCUSSED?
At the start of each meeting, the Facilitator invites participants to suggest topics. We then vote and choose that evening’s most popular topic for discussion. No academic training in philosophy necessary; just enthusiasm for exchanging ideas and points of view.
A few examples of subjects chosen at past meetups:
• What ideals, if any, are worth dying for?
• What is the best form of government?
• What makes you “you” despite physical and experiential changes over your lifetime?
• What is beauty, and how important is it?
• What are ethical pricing and greed?
• What is the “best” education?
• What is true friendship?
• What would the world be like if women were in charge?
WHO SHOULD JOIN?
Everyone is welcome! Our events include women and men from different cultural backgrounds, races, ages, native languages, careers, and educational levels. No formal philosophical training is mandatory. The only requirements are a willingness to listen respectfully, and to be open to what people have to say even if you disagree. Putting down others is absolutely not allowed. You would also need at least minimal understanding of spoken English to participate. No one is required to speak, although sharing is encouraged within the supportive environment of the group.
Our usual participants are people that have a hunger for deeper understanding of themselves and the world.
The Socrates Cafe is run by a team of facilitating members. With more facilitators we can have more people joining the meet ups. If you like this meet up and want to help out making it available to more people, let us know.
If interested in being part of a Socrates Cafe, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Info here: https://www.meetup.com/Acropolis/
Founded in 2011 (they even have an annual Christmas dinner)
Here’s their Meetup link with all the info: https://www.meetup.com/Socrates-Cafe-Limerick/
1.Contact Roger Ong (Mr. Ong Pang Yong) at: email@example.com
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/871894156306470/
2. Info at: https://www.meetup.com/Socrates-Cafe-in-Kyoto/
Info here: https://www.meetup.com/socratescafetokyo/
REPUBLIC OF KOREA (South Korea)
Meets every Sunday, with a rotating moderator, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Seomyeon Starbucks, subway exit 10 or 8.
Info here: https://www.meetup.com/Socrates-Cafe-KL/
La Ciudad de Mexico/DF/Mexico City
La UNAM, Prof. Luis Clares Fuentes, Economia
Starts May 18, 2018. Info at: https://www.facebook.com/MohammediaSocratesCafe/
Venue: Dickens Inn, 71 Cameron St, Whangarei 0110- New Zealand
Date: first Mondays of each month
Contact: Maria at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For info, contact Arooj K. at: email@example.com
Start: czwartek, 05 stycznia, 19:00 | zakończenie: czwartek, 05 stycznia, 21:00Gdzie: Konstancin-Jeziorna, Mostowa 15, Konstancin-Jeziorna, Polska
Krakow (Socrates Cafe and Democracy Cafe)
All the info here: http://socratescafe.pl/
Info at website SocratesCafe.pl
Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sokrates.cafe/
Info at: https://www.meetup.com/en-AU/Socrates-Cafe-Warsaw/
Meets at: Kocia Kołyska (a pub), Rynek 5, podziemia Dworu Polskiego, 50-102 Wroclaw, Poland
Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/SocratesCafeWroclaw/
More info at: https://www.facebook.com/socratescafe.zielonagora/
Coodrinator, Joanna Gumieniak
Info at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/490635577979474/
مقهى سقراط الأحساء
Contact Hadi AlShaikhnasser at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meets 2nd & 4th Sundays of month, Filmhouse bar, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, 10.30 am. All welcome.
Info here: https://www.meetup.com/Barcelona-Socrates-Cafe-Philosophy-Meetup-in-English/
Contact Robert Enteen at: email@example.com
Contact David Criado at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meets: Taberna ‘De Tapes’ – /C Mayor Domenech, 20
Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/socrates.cafe.vila.real/
Feature article: http://www.chiangmaicitylife.com/citylife-articles/the-coffee-shop-philosophers/
Here’s the Meetup Link with all the info: https://www.meetup.com/socrates-cafe-istanbul/
Go to this Facebook link for all the details: https://www.facebook.com/Caf%C3%A9-S%C3%B3crates-265718100172681/
Contact for info: email@example.com