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
Please 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
For additional information: Conference Poster
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
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
Eric Thomas Weber’s Uniting Mississippi: Democracy and Leadership in the South applies a new, philosophically informed theory of democratic leadership to Mississippi’s challenges. Governor William F. Winter has written a foreword for the book, supporting its proposals.
For more information: Uniting Mississippi
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
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
On 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/
Recently, 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
The 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
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
The 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
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.
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
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: email@example.com.
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
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.
The Society is recruiting for editorial leadership and a communications director. We are recruiting among members and potential members to fill three current vacancies.
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Please strongly consider applying or recommending qualified colleagues or former students to apply for any of these positions.
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
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
The 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.
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
The John Dewey Society is pleased to announce a new book by one of its members, Craig Cunningham. The book is titled, Systems Theory for Pragmatic Schooling: Toward Principles of Democratic Education.
For more information: Systems Theory for Pragmatic Schooling
The John Dewey Society is pleased to announce a new book by its members titled, Living As Learning: John Dewey in the 21st Century. The book features Dewey scholars Jim Garrison and Larry Hickman in dialogue with Daisaku Ikeda.
Living As Learning is a timely publication for educators looking to revive the creative, humanistic, and social dimensions of teaching and learning. The book is appropriate for any number of educational foundations courses of the sort. The authors also explore many powerful resonances between American pragmatism and humanistic Buddhism.
For more information: Living As Learning
Steven Fesmire recently discussed his new book, Dewey with Routledge. In this interview, Fesmire discusses what first attracted him to Dewey, the writing style of his new book, new features included in the book, such as a “lost book” written by Dewey in the 1940s and only recently discovered, the relevance of Dewey today, and what Dewey might make of today’s American education system.
Read the full interview here: Exclusive Interview Steven Fesmire
In this superb introduction, Dewey’s life and works are discussed and assessed before his key ideas across the major disciplines in philosophy; including metaphysics, epistemology, aesthetics, ethics, educational philosophy, social-political philosophy, and religious philosophy. This book is part of the The Routledge Philosophers series.
For more information: Dewey: Steven Fesmire
Washington DC, April 2016: The John Dewey Society, with generous support from the Spencer Foundation, will host a Conference on Democratic Education, celebrating the centennial of the publication of Democracy and Education, April 2016 in Washington D. C. Education in the democratic nations anti-democratic challenges. The imposition by elites of fixed, top-down “standards” backed by high stakes standardized tests has converted our schools into test prep academies where the aims of learners are neglected and the autonomy of teachers demolished.
For more information: Democracy Education – April 2016, Washington DC.