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Leonard J. WaksThe John Dewey Society is a space for building and sustaining the networks of students and scholars of Deweyan philosophy. The John Dewey Society grew out of a series of discussions held in 1934 and early 1935, which helped give birth to the John Dewey Society in early 1936. Please join us as we continue the legacy of John Dewey.

Click the “Follow” button in the lower right-hand corner of the page to keep track of JDS events and news, as well as upcoming conferences and meetings where pragmatist scholars and educators are convening. If you would like to join or volunteer with JDS, please click on the “Membership” link on the top of the page.

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Leonard Waks, President


Membership

New members of the John Dewey Society will receive two classic books—thanks to the Tanner Foundation.  The books include: John Dewey’s The Sources of a Science of Education and Dan Tanner’s Crusade for Democracy: Progressive Education at the Crossroads. Dan Tanner’s book provides a detailed history of the John Dewey Society.

For more information about joining the John Dewey Society, or to renew your membership, please visit the Membership page.


John Dewey Lecture

2015 Chicago, IL

Larry Hickman’s Dewey Lecture, titled “What Can We Teach When We Teach (about) Religion”


 Announcements

Call for Papers

The John Dewey Society and The Journal of School & Society announce: A Call for Public Scholarship

In this issue of The Journal of School & Society, we are interested in the broad fate of the new character education. As concerned teachers, parents, and citizens, in what ways has a focus on traits such as grit empowered you and the children you work with? In what ways has it limited or harmed you and the children you work with? In what ways should schools interact with the discourse around the new character education?

Please see our journal website for specifics, or download the Call for Papers. Submissions and inquiries should be emailed to Kyle Greenwalt, Editor of The Journal of School & Society and Associate Professor of Teacher Education at Michigan State University. Kyle’s email is greenwlt@msu.edu. Submissions should be received by October 1, 2016.

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Call for Papers

The Journal of Educational Controversy has issued a call for papers related to Black Lives Matter And The Education Industrial Complex

Along with drawing attention to the police as occupying armies in Black American communities, the Black Lives Matter movement has highlighted the deep roots of institutionalized racism in the United States. Starting with the fundamental question, Do Black Lives Matter in the U.S. Education Industrial Complex?, this issue of the Journal of Educational Controversy seeks to explore the various questions raised by Black Lives Matter in relation to U.S. educational institutions, policies, and practices as they impact men, women, and children of color intersectionally, with respect to gender, gender identity, and class. These questions could include the status of schools as institutions of control and sites of reproduction of racist ideology; the possibility of schools as sites of liberationist transformation; the institutional history of schools alongside the development of institutional racism; the institutional response of schools to incidents of racial violence; the history of black studies programs in relation to black liberation movements, and the appropriation and sanitizing of terms like diversity and multiculturalism.

Manuscripts due: December 31, 2016

For more information: http://cedar.wwu.edu/jec/

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NEW Book: Home/Schooling: Creating Schools that Work for Kids, Parents and Teachers

Kyle Greenwalt’s new book, Home/Schooling: Creating Schools that Work for Kids, Parents and Teachers, examines how, during the nineteenth century, American social reformers took hold of an already existing institution—the school—and sought to make it compulsory. In the process, they supplanted parents and domestic life—the home—as the primary educational force for children.

In this book, Greenwalt argues that as education was taken out of the home, American classrooms were at the same time remade into a particular kind of home life—one based upon a sentimentalized maternity, where love can always triumph over the “public” and “masculine” forces of competition, merit, and hierarchy. In this model, a good teacher loves her students. She makes her classroom into a home. Like a good mother, she sacrifices for them, enduring long hours of isolation, low pay, and little public support or recognition. Students, in their turn, should love their teacher. To please her, they should learn the values that would sustain a more virtuous republic. Parenting, through all of this, was redefined as a private activity. Battle lines were drawn and the stakes were love, learning and control. Greenwalt argues that it doesn’t need to be this way. That it is time to rethink the ways in which parents and teachers interact with one another. That it is time to redefine “homeschooling” as something all families engage in and that all public schools should seek to support.

For more information: Home/Schooling

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NEW Book: Dads & Fathers: A Book on Dangerous Educators

dads_and_fathers_coverDan Tedenljung’s new book, “Dads & Fathers: A Book on Dangerous Educators is for parents, but a very dif‌ferent one.  It’s a book about something greater than you being fit to be a parent. It’s a book for anyone who wonders how the process of learning can be handled in a pragmatical way.

With the interest in the philosophy of pragmatism and a critique of the Western philosophy of knowledge, as well as in recent political philosophy, ethics, aesthetics, and philosophy of religion, a growing interest in knowledge development is now being directed back to the American philosopher who once influenced a whole world with his view of experience and education. John Dewey wrote hundreds of articles and many books on topics such as: democracy, education, ethics and philosophy. From John Dewey’s comprehensive text production, we have chosen what we consider is one of the best statements of experience and human development, namely the book entitled Experience & Education.

Tedenljung takes on John Dewey’s experimental method right from the beginning, from where it all starts, in the fostering of our own children. Let’s call our ambition a project of a parental attitude with global proportions. No matter what kind of educator people end up being: fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, grannies, teachers, scholars, managers or politicians; there is no better starting point than John Dewey’s transactional theory of learning if to understand how life unfold.

For more information: Dads & Fathers

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Nominations: JDS Achievement Awards

Awards Committee is seeking nominations for JDS Achievement Awards. The date by which nominations should be received is February 15, 2016.  A list of past JDS Award recipients is available on our website here.

The Awards Committee has put together the following criteria and invites nominations for either of the awards:

Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement
The Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement will be awarded to the individual who, in the judgment of the committee, exemplifies, over a lifetime of work, the Deweyan tradition of connecting theory and practice. Each year, the award will recognize: a scholar-practitioner who, in the Deweyan tradition, connects the worlds of theory and practice in promoting the development of democratic citizens; or an exceptional explicator and interpreter of Dewey?s philosophy and educational theory.

Award for Outstanding Achievement
The Award for Outstanding Achievement will be awarded to those individuals who, in the judgment of the committee, have most strongly exemplified the Deweyan tradition of connecting theory and practice. Each year, the awards will recognize significant achievements in scholarship and/or in social, cultural, or educational practice accomplished within the two previous calendar years (January, December).

Any member may nominate a candidate for either of the JDS awards, and members are free to self-nominate. A nomination must be sent to John Covaleskie, chair of the nominating committee, at jcovales@ou.edu, along with a letter explaining how the candidate qualifies for such an award, taking into consideration the specified criteria.

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Call for Papers

Robert Johnston and Ben Johnson are putting together a special issue for the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era dedicated to exploring different thematic veins of Dewey’s legacy, each using “Democracy
& Education” as a jumping off point. Short essays of 3,000-8,000 words on any aspect of “Democracy & Education” or one the following themes: democratic theory, social and economic reform, academia & the public sphere, and pedagogy are welcome and should be submitted for consideration.  Please send all submissions and direct any inquiries to guest editor, Cristina Groeger, at groeger@fas.harvard.edu.

Submissions deadline: August 1, 2016

For more information: Call for Papers

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Call for Papers

Dewey’s “Democracy and Education” 100 Years On: Past, Present, and Future Relevance
will take place from 28 September – 1 October 2016 at the University of Cambridge. The conference is co-sponsored by History of Education Society, UK, and Philosophy of Education Society GB.

This international conference brings together historical and philosophical research on Dewey, his writings and their influence over the course of a century. Historians and philosophers have a timely platform for sharing their perspectives on education for democracy and democratic practice in education. Papers are invited that may critically reflect on Dewey or Deweyan practice across time and space. In addition to academic papers, it will include children and teachers from Spain, Wales and England actively engaged in Deweyan enquiry.

Closing date for submissions: 15th January 2016

The call for papers is at http://www.dewey2016.co.uk/. Opportunities for bursary support are advertised on the website.  Bursaries also available for members of the History of Education Society presenting papers on historical aspects. Email Lottie Hoare for terms and conditions chh11@cam.ac.uk.

For additional information: Call for Paper: UK Conference

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Job Listing: Appalachian State Foundations of Education

Job Opening: Assistant Professor of Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education

Appalachian State University

The Department of Leadership and Educational Studies in the Reich College of Education at Appalachian State University invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor of Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education beginning July 1, 2016. Responsibilities include teaching, engagement in scholarly activity, and service responsibilities. Instructional duties include teaching three courses in social and philosophical foundations of education each semester with a specific focus on critical social justice.

For more information: Job Opening Description

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Call for Papers

The John Dewey Society and The Journal of School & Society announce a special issue for public scholarship. What is the future of vocational education? Vocational education—once thought dead by many—is, by some accounts, back on the rise. The questions, then, are many. On the educational level, we can ask: What does a good k-12 vocational educational look like? What purposes should it serve? On the social level, we can ask questions as well: What role should businesses play in determining what our children learn in school? This special issue considers the future of vocational education.

We invite all those interested in engaged public scholarship to contribute to the special issue of The Journal of School & Society. We are looking for pieces from 3,000 to 5,000 words that address some aspect of the theme of the future of vocational education, broadly defined. Email submissions to Kyle Greenwalt, Editor of The Journal of School & Society and Associate Professor of Teacher Education at Michigan State University. Kyle’s email is greenwlt@msu.edu.

Submissions deadline: February 15, 2016.

Download the call for public scholarship.

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Science and Values in Peirce and Dewey: A Conference in Honour of Angus Kerr-Lawson

Keynote speaker: Catherine Legg, Waikato University (New Zealand)
Plenary speaker: Heather Douglas, University of Waterloo (Canada)

This conference brings together scholars at the intersection of pragmatism and philosophy of science to consider Peirce’s and Dewey’s contributions to the study of science and values. Over three days, scholars will offer individual papers and panel/roundtable discussions devoted to both the role of and relationship between science and values in Peirce and Dewey, and to the ways in which contemporary scholarship on science and values draws, or ought to draw, on the work of these classic American pragmatists.

April 25-27, 2016, University of Waterloo (Canada)

Submission deadline: Tuesday, January 5, 2016.

For information about the conference, see https://uwaterloo.ca/philosophy/events/science-and-values-conference or email pragscival2016@gmail.com.

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Call for Papers

In 1916, Dewey published “Democracy and Education”. This book was without doubt his most seminal contribution. Hence, in 2016, to celebrate the centenary of this significant occasion, Espacio, Tiempo y Educación is pleased to invite the academic community to take a fresh look at Dewey’s philosophy.

The ultimate aim is to shed light on how Dewey’s ideas (specifically those published in Democracy and Education) were received in various countries and times, thereby highlighting the metamorphosis that this educational masterwork has undergone throughout the century since its publication.

Monograph Edition: John Dewey’s reception and influence in Europe and America Coordinator: Luciana Bellatalla (University of Ferrara, Italy)

Call for Papers Deadline: 2 Oct. 2016

“Espacio, Tiempo y Educación”(v. 3, n. 2, 2016, July/December): www.espaciotiempoyeducacion.com

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International Conference: Dewey’s “Democracy And Education”: 100 Years On: Past, Present, And Future Relevance

The Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge and Homerton College are hosting a major 3-day international conference marking the publication centenary of Dewey’s most popular, influential and controversial book. We welcome submissions from History of Education, Philosophy of Education, educational policy, and also more practically focused papers from educators seeking to integrate Deweyan perspectives and principles in their work. The conference will consist of keynotes, parallel sessions, panel sessions with a policy focus, interactive presentations from educators and students, and a trip to the new University of Cambridge Primary School.

The call for papers is open until DECEMBER 22, 2015. 1000 word abstracts should be submitted via the website. Conference registration is also open to those not presenting.

Conference dates: 28 Sept. to 1 Oct. 2016
View website: www.dewey2016.co.uk

Download conference flyer: International Conference: Dewey’s “Democracy and Education” 100 Years On

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New England Pragmatist Inaugural Conference

Dewey posterPlease join us for the upcoming conference on Dewey’s philosophy, which will also be the inaugural gathering of the New England Pragmatist Forum.  JDS president Leonard Waks and Education and Culture editor David Granger will be among the 15 presenters.

Inaugural conference: October 15-17, 2015

Twitter:  #newenglandpragmatistforum2015

For additional information: Conference Poster

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Call for Papers

Please consider submitting a paper to the joint meeting of the Southeast Philosophy of Education Society (SEPES) and the South Atlantic Philosophy of Education Society (SAPES) in Asheville, North Carolina, February 4-6, 2016. Given the substantial challenges facing educational institutions in general, and philosophical inquiry within and about them in particular, we believe it is increasingly important to create a space in which current and emerging scholars and practitioners can engage in meaningful dialogue and discussion. To that end, and building upon the long traditions of each organization in providing a friendly forum for conversations concerning philosophical ideas related to a broad variety of educational topics, SEPES and SAPES invite you to submit proposals for our first joint meeting.

Deadline: November 1, 2015

For more information: Call for Papers

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Call for Abstracts

JDS is pleased to announce a call for abstracts for the second annual Dewey Through Generations Panel. The Panel is part of the JDS annual meeting, to be held this coming April in Washington, DC. The Panel is meant to support emerging Dewey inspired scholars and practitioners by bringing them into a dialogue with eminent scholars who reflect the best of Dewey’s philosophical practice.  JDS graduate students should consider submitting abstracts. In addition, JDS also encourages all JDS members to share this call widely with graduate students with whom they work.

Panel Theme: The Aims of the Public Intellectual: Grassroots Movements and Organization

Submissions Due: Sunday, November 15, 2015

For additional information: Call for Abstracts: Dewey Through Generations Panel

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NEW Book: John Dewey and the Future of Community College Education

Cliff Harbour’s John Dewey and the Future of Community College Education, explains how faculty and staff at American community colleges can develop a new normative vision for their institution based on the work of John Dewey. More than other postsecondary institutions, community colleges are under increasing pressure to vocationalize their curricula and substantially increase graduation rates. Often the consequence of these “reforms” is to deny community college students the opportunity to learn from their experience and prepare for a full life in democratic communities. Harbour’s text provides concise parallel histories of the community college and John Dewey and shows how the philosopher is much more relevant to public two-year institutions than previously acknowledged.

For more information: John Dewey and the Future of Community College Education

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NEW Book: International Handbook of Progressive Education

The International Handbook of Progressive Education (New York: Peter Lang, 2015) has just been published. This handbook includes contributions from many John Dewey Society members.

The handbook is a large collection representing many historical periods and regions of the world. Chapters include, but are not limited to the Progressive Education period in the early 20th century US. The editors involved with the project hope that it will become an essential resource for anyone interested in progressive possibilities in education.

For more information: International Handbook of Progressive Education

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Call for Proposals

The year 2016 marks the centennial of the publication of John Dewey’s magisterial Democracy and Education. As part of the celebration, the John Dewey Society (JDS) is sponsoring a conference on April 7th, 2016 and the morning of April 8th, 2016, immediately prior to its own regular annual meeting, held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), April 8-13. The centennial conference is largely invitational, but there are opportunities for roundtable discussions and for posters.

To be considered, please submit your proposal to the JDS Centennial Conference program chair, Dr. AG Rud, Distinguished Professor, Washington State University, ag.rud@wsu.edu by November 15, 2015. In the subject line of your email state: JDS Centennial Conference Proposal.

For more information, download the JDS Centennial Conference Proposal.

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Join the New Forum with JDS

john-dewey-forumOn 9 August 2015, the JDS officially launched its forum as a medium to enhance communication with those interested in discussing the scholarship of John Dewey.

Those interested in joining the forum will first need to register and create a user account. The forum is located on the menu bar located on the homepage of the JDS.

Join the online forum by click here: http://www.johndeweysociety.org/forum/

 

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“A visit to Dewey’s grave site in Burlington, Vermont” by David Hansen

john-dewey-graveRecently, David Hansen, Director of the Program in Philosophy and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, had the opportunity to visit Dewey’s grave site located in Burlington, Vermont.

In regard to the visit, Professor Hansen noted:
The site is beautifully tucked into a corner of Allen Chapel on the campus of the University of Vermont, where Dewey received his undergraduate degree in 1879.  I found the occasion quite moving, and as Elaine and I stood for awhile in the quiet of birdsong and insects humming, I read to her a few of Dewey’s poems memorably collected by Jo Ann Boydston.

To see more photos kindly provided by Professor Hansen click here.

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In memory of Philip W. Jackson

Philip W. JacksonThe JDS would like to recognize the passing of Philip W. Jackson. Long time friend and leader of both the John Dewey Society and the American Educational Research Association, Philip Jackson, has passed away. Bringing inspiration to current JDS Board Member, Craig Cunningham, recalls, “His work inspired me when I was an undergraduate and has continued to inspire me. He had an impressive knack for finding the right problems to investigate. He invented his own ways of investigating them. A unique intellectual leader.”

Along with serving a term as the JDS President, Philip was also the Dewey Lecturer in 1999 (from which his book, John Dewey and the Philosopher’s Task was published), and along with his recently passed colleague, Herbert Kliebard, the 1999 recipient of the JDS Outstanding Career Achievement Award.

Please view a beautiful tribute to Philip, written by his student and current JDS Board Member, Craig Cunningham here: Tribute to Philip W. Jackson

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Call for Proposals

JDS would like to announce a call for proposals for the Dewey and Philosophy Panel (formerly the Past President’s Panel), to be held at the John Dewey Society, 2016 Centennial Conference on Democracy and Education. The topic for the Dewey and Philosophy Panel will be: Revisiting Democracy and Education.

Proposals due: Monday, November 2, 2015

For more information: Dewey and Philosophy Panel – Call for Proposals

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In memory of Herbert Kliebard

Photo of Herbert KliebardThe JDS would like to recognize the passing of curriculum historian and Dewey scholar, Herbert Kliebard.  Professor Herbert was a highly respected scholar, a Dewey expert, the 1999 JDS Outstanding Achievement Award recipient, and the 2005 Annual John Dewey Society Lecturer.  JDS President, Leonard Waks‘ noted that Herb “joined my dissertation committee fifty years ago, and was a steady, diligent and caring teacher and guide for me and his many other advisees.”

Please read the obituary here: http://www.cressfuneralservice.com/obituary/137830/Herbert-Kliebard

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Conference – New England Pragmatist Inaugural Forum

The New England Pragmatist Inaugural Conference will take place at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont from October 15-17, 2015.  The focus of the inaugural conference is “The Philosophy of John Dewey.”

For more information about the conference, including the conference schedule, conference presenters, and lodging/food information, please download the Conference Information Handout.

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2016 Centennial Conference on Democracy and Education

The Centennial Conference on Democracy and Education (1916-2016)

Take out your calendars and mark these dates: April 7 and 8, 2016. The John Dewey Society will be celebrating the Centennial of the publication of John Dewey’s magisterial Democracy and Education in Washington DC. We want every one interested in advancing democratic education to participate.

The meeting will take place in the historic Thurgood Marshall Center – in the very rooms in which Marshall and his colleagues developed the legal strategy that resulted in the Brown v. Board decision. It will be free and open to the public, taking place immediately prior to the annual meeting of the Dewey Society and the American Educational Research Association on April 8-12, 2016

But space is limited: reserve your spot today! (Click here to see how to reserve your spot!)

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New Website and New Call for Reviewers for the Journal of Educational Controversy

Working with the Berkeley Electronic Press, the Journal of Educational Controversy now offers more flexibility and options for both authors and readers. In particular, authors can now open an account, submit their manuscripts, make revisions, and complete the peer-review process through the online system. Please view the new website here: Journal of Educational Controversy

In addition, the journal’s 10th Year Anniversary Issue will be published this coming fall. The journal has grown significantly as a voice in education. As the journal continues to grow, there is an increased need for more reviewers. If you are interested in reviewing for the journal, please send an e-mail with areas of expertise and interests to: cep-ejournal@wwu.edu.

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Call for Papers: Dewey-theme at OVPES

The John Dewey Society invites scholars to present a Dewey-themed paper at the Ohio Valley Philosophy of Education Conference annual meeting on September 11-13, 2015 at the Bergamo Center in Dayton, Ohio.  A special Dewey Society-sponsored panel will be on the conference program. The OVPES conference theme this year is “Teaching as Labor, Learning as Work: Educational Ideals and the Factory of Knowledge.”

Those interested in being part of this special Dewey Society panel at OVPES can send inquiries, including name, affiliation, and paper summary to Kathleen Knight Abowitz at knightk2[at]miamioh.edu by July 6, 2015.

For more information: Call for Papers: Dewey-theme at OVPES

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Join JDS today!

Along with your new membership, you will receive two classic books: John Dewey’s The Sources of a Science of Education and Dan Tanner’s book on the history of the John Dewey Society, Crusade for Democracy: Progressive Education at the Crossroads.  The Society thanks the Tanner Foundation for making this offer possible.

Visit the Membership page to join today!

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Assistant or Associate Dean of Teacher Education

The School of Education at the University of Colorado Boulder announces an Assistant or Associate Dean of Teacher Education position. The Assistant or Associate Dean level will be determined based on experience. An academic appointment of instructor or research professor is also possible for this position. Candidates qualified for tenure may be considered for tenure only if an appropriate faculty FTE is available.

Please see click here for more information about the Dean of Teacher Education position open at the University of Colorado.

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