The 2014 annual meeting of the John Dewey Society will be held on April 3-4, 2014 in Philadelphia, PA, in conjunction with AERA.

Please join us for an exciting array of events for members, friends, and guests. Our schedule includes thought-provoking papers and discussions, our annual School and Society Forum–which takes advantage of local community resources for art and art education–and this year’s John Dewey Lecture by Diane Ravitch! Click here to download the complete program: JDS_Program_2014

Thursday, April 3

12-2:00pm Symposium: Deweyan Democracy in a Time of Dismantling Public Education

Marriott, Fifth Level, Grand Ballroom B

As we approach the 100th anniversary of the publication of Dewey’s Democracy and Education, we note the irony that public educational institutions in the United States and many other countries are struggling for their very survival as institutions that engage with and reconstruct the public sphere. The 2014 John Dewey Symposium focuses on the traditions of Deweyan democracy, utilizing and critiquing these ideals and exploring possibilities of praxis. What are “public” spaces in the Deweyan tradition, and how do they relate to educational institutions and decision-making? How do teachers and students become public actors and citizens? How do teachers and teacher unions live up to their democratic potential?

Featuring papers and discussion by Aaron Schutz (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Dennis Shirley (Boston College), Sarah Stitzlein (University of Cincinnati) and Kathleen Knight Abowitz (Miami University)

2-4:00pm Past President’s Panel: Revisiting Experience and Education

Marriott, Fifth Level, Grand Ballroom B

Featuring papers by Stefano Oliverio (University of Naples Federico II), Margaret Macintyre Latta and Susan Crichton (University of British Columbia Okanagan), Susan Jean Mayer (Brandeis University) Marshall Gordon (The Park School), and William Gaudelli and Megan J. Laverty (Teachers College, Columbia University); with response by past JDS president David Hansen(Teachers College, Columbia University). Chaired by Len Waks, President-Elect, JDS. (See complete session details here.)

4-7:00pm John Dewey Lecture by Diane Ravitch

Convention Center, 100 Level, 114

Also including presentation of John Dewey Society Lifetime Achievement Award (presented by Eric Bredo, University of Toronto), and tributes to Laurel Tanner and Elliott Eisner (presented by Peter Hlebowitsh, University of Alabama).

7:15-9:00pm Business meeting

 Marriott, Fifth Level, Grand Ballroom B (light appetizers will be provided)

Friday, April 4

4-6:00pm School and Society Forum at the Barnes Foundation

Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, 19130.

Our Forum this year takes advantage of Philadelphia as the home to the Albert C. Barnes collection housed in the beautiful new Barnes Foundation headquarters, about one mile from conference hotels. The Forum panelists will discuss Dewey’s Art as Experience and omitted pictures from the original publication found in the Barnes Foundation Archives, and explore the relevance of Dewey’s theory of aesthetics to the model of the 21st century art museum that supports learning in the visual arts within a region. Organized by Carolyn Berenato (St. Joseph’s University) and Jennifer Katz-Buonincontro (Drexel University).

 6-8:00pm First Fridays at the Barnes – Featuring Barnes Collections and Special Exhibition of Yinka Shonibare Mbe: Magic Ladders

We invite all members to participate in the First Friday monthly event where the Barnes collections are open to the public, and ticketed guests can listen to live music and consume refreshments (cash bar). This will serve in lieu of our JDS reception this year. This event is also gathering members of the Arts in Learning SIG, the Arts-Based Educational Research SIG, and the Visual Arts and Performative Inquiry SIG, so there will be lots of opportunities to meet meet and mingle with new folks.

Important: You must have a ticket to get into First Fridays, and we cannot guarantee available tickets at the door on the night of the event. We will pre-purchase tickets for any JDS member who makes a reservation with us, simply by emailing Kyle Greenwalt at Email by March 17 and let him know you want to attend the First Fridays event, and we will make sure to have a ticket held for you at the Barnes that evening.

Shusterman to Present at JDS SAAP Session

The John Dewey Society is sponsoring a panel at the 41st annual meeting of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy to be held in Denver, CO on March 6-8, 2014. Richard Shusterman will be presenting “Somaesthetics and the Art of Eating.” Ray Boisvert, Professor of Philosophy at Siena College will be giving the response, with Aaron Stoller of North Carolina State University chairing the session. Shusterman is the Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar in the Humanities, Professor of Philosophy and English, and Director of the Center for Body, Mind and Culture at Florida Atlantic University. He is the author Thinking Through the Body: Essays in Somaesthetics (2012) and Body Consciousness: A Philosophy of Mindfulness and Somaesthetics (2008) among many other works. If you are coming to SAAP, don’t miss this session.

In Memory of Laurel N. Tanner

The John Dewey Society extends heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Laurel N. Tanner, Ph.D., who died on October 20, 2013.  Dr. Tanner was an important Dewey scholar and past president of the Society.  Her book,Dewey’s Laboratory School: Lessons for Today (NY: Teachers College Press, 1997), was among the many notable contributions she made to Deweyan scholarship. Director of Urban Education at Temple University as well as serving as a professor at the University of Houston, Dr. Tanner leaves the legacy of a long and productive career as a professor of curriculum. She brought a close reading of Dewey’s work to all of her activities in the areas of curriculum and instruction and was always able to see the limits and over-emphases in passing curriculum fads. Those who knew Dr. Tanner remember her pleasant and positive demeanor, her sincerity, and her lack of self-promotion and personal ego.  Read Dr. Tanner’s full obituary here.


Learning Freedom: Richard Rorty Revisited

The ceDe (Center for Dewey Studies in Spain) is organizing a seminar titled Learning Freedom: Richard Rorty Revisited. It will be celebrated at Franklin Institute (University of Alcalá de Henares, Madrid) the next 3rd and 4th of December, 2013. Our international guest is Professor Krzysztof Piotr Skowroński (Opole University, Poland).Other Spanish scholars and researchers have been invited too.

You will find complete information about this event at the following link: