2014 Philadelphia, PA

The 2014 Annual Meeting and Conference for the John Dewey Society will be held in conjunction with the American Educational Research Association meeting in Philadelphia, April 3-7, 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 greenwlt@msu.edu. 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.


Past Presidents’ Panel 2014: Revisiting Experience and Education

April 3, 2014 2:00 to 3:45 PM

Leonard J. Waks, President Elect, John Dewey Society, Temple University, Chair

Education as Culture: An Engagement with a Deweyan Either-Or Stefano Oliverio, University of Naples Federico II (Italy)

Innovation’s Renewing Potential: Seeing and Acting within the Fecundity of Educative Experiences Margaret Macintyre Latta & Susan Crichton, University of British Columbia Okanagan

Realizing Dewey’s Constructs of Interaction and Continuity within Democratic Classrooms Susan Jean Mayer, Lecturer, Brandeis University

Dewey’s Criteria of Interaction and Continuity for Evaluating Project Learning Marshall Gordon, The Park School of Baltimore

What is a Global Experience? William Gaudelli & Megan J. Laverty, Teachers College, Columbia University

David Hansen, Past President, John Dewey Society, Teachers College, Columbia University, Respondent

(You can read the original Call for Papers here.)




Student Travel Stipends for the Annual Meeting

The John Dewey Society is inaugurating student travel stipends for the Annual Meeting. Two $250 stipends for students attending the meeting are now available. Students interested in applying for these stipends must be current JDS members.  To apply, send the following materials via email to Mark Kissling (mtk16@psu.edu): one page description of how your work engages the thought of John Dewey; an up-to-date curriculum vita; full contact information including your program, department, and university; your mailing address with zip code, telephone number, and email address.  The deadline to apply for a student travel stipend is January 31st, 2014.