Below is the email that NTPA secretary Dale Wilkerson sent to NTPA members and friends regarding the decision to cancel NTPA.
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
It is with deep regret that I am writing to announce the cancellation of this year’s meeting of the North Texas Philosophical Association. This cancellation is due to the reported serious risks of the coronavirus, the projected acceleration of its spread, and the recommendation of public health officials.
I apologize for the inconvenience this decision may cause you, especially to those of you who (like me) have already made travel arrangements or may have turned down other opportunities in order to join us this year. The NTPA’s President, Charles Bambach, and I had hoped as recently as a few days ago that such a decision would not be necessary. But, as you know, this story has intensified since then and so we agreed that such an extreme measure is now unavoidable, given that our first concern is for the well-being of our friends, colleagues and community.
This decision is disappointing and frustrating for us because of the very high quality of invited speakers and panels on the program and especially because of the many friends who were planning to return this year. As a service to anyone who wishes to note the talk on your cv, you may download the conference program here 52nd NTPA Conference Program. Thus, the NTPA will be happy to confirm that your talk had been scheduled for the meeting.
In closing, I would like to thank Charles, Andy Amato, Michael Vendsel and everyone who helped plan and organize this event.
Finally, we appreciate our members’ interest in the NTPA, and we hope to see you again soon. I intend to lay the foundation of March 2021’s meeting by late summer and to release the cfp in October. Let’s hope for better luck next year.
If you have questions or comments, please feel encouraged to contact me.