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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.

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Leonard Waks, President

2015 John Dewey Lecture: Chicago, IL

“What Can We Teach When We Teach (about) Religion” was presented by Dr. Larry Hickman at the JDS Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL on Thursday, April 16 2015. Dr. Hickman is the Director of the Center for Dewey Studies, and he is a professor of philosophy at Southern Illinois University.



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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.

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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.

JDS Recruitment: Editorial Leadership and Communications Director

The Society is recruiting for editorial leadership and a communications director. We are recruiting among members and potential members to fill three current vacancies.

 Click below to learn more about each position:

Please strongly consider applying or recommending qualified colleagues or former students to apply for any of these positions.

JDS 2015 Annual Conference Program

The John Dewey Society is pleased to announce its Annual Meeting held concurrently with the American Educational Research Association Meeting in Chicago, Illinois from Thursday, April 16 through Monday, April 20, 2015. JDS will meet to celebrate the legacy of John Dewey and to move this legacy forward. Current members along with new members and visitors are encouraged to attend.

Please visit the conference webpage for more details.

Download the conference program here: JDS 2015 Annual Conference

Call for Papers

Dewey’s Democracy and Education a Century Later: A Source of and a Resource for European Educational Theory and Practice

On the centennial anniversary of the publication of Dewey’s Democracy and Education (New York: Macmillan, 1916), a symposium of the European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy intends to explore both the epoch-making significance and the topicality of the (ideas advocated in the) book for the development of European educational reflection. It is in light of this permanent and deep influence that we invite scholars to contribute to the call for papers to this special issue.

Deadline: Tuesday, December 1, 2015

For more information: EJPAP Call for Papers

NEW Book: Dewey’s Earlier Logical Inquiry

john-dewey-earlier-logical-theoryThe John Dewey Society is pleased to announce a new book by one of its members titled, Dewey’s Earlier Logical Inquiry. This book provides an analysis of Dewey’s pre-1916 work on logic and its relationship to his better-known work from 1938.

James Scott Johnston is a Jointly Appointed Associate Professor of Education and Philosophy at Memorial University in Canada and at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

For more information: Dewey’s Earlier Logical Inquiry.

Call for Papers

The Ohio Valley Philosophy of Education Society (OVPES) invites proposals for the 2015 annual meeting to be held at the Bergamo Conference Center in Dayton, Ohio, Friday through Sunday, September 11-13, 2015. The conference theme is titled, Teaching as Labor, Learning as Work: Educational Ideals and the Factory of Knowledge. The OVPES invites proposals applying philosophical issues of work and labor to both teaching and learning. 

Deadline: Friday, May 15, 2015

For more information: OVPES Call for Papers