“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.


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


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


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


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.


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!)


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.


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


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

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.


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


NEW Book: Living As Learning

The John Dewey Society is pleased to announce a new book by its members titled, Living As Learning: John Dewey in the 21st CenturyThe 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



Interview with Steven Fesmire, Author of the NEW Book, Dewey

steven-fesmireSteven 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



JDS Social at UCEA Conference in Washington, D.C.

john-dewey-society-ucea-conferenceIn November, JDS Members and some new friends joined together in Washington, D.C., for a fun social gathering during the Annual Conference of the University Council for Educational Administration.  It was a great way to relax after the conference, to network with professionals doing good work, and to build awareness about the John Dewey Society.  We recruited some new members, publicized the 2015 JDS Annual Conference in Chicago, and built some fresh partnerships as the 2016 Democracy and Education-themed Annual Conference gets planned.  All-in-all, it was a wonderful time spent with friends.

Call for Papers

Southeast Philosophy Education Society (SEPES): The 67th annual meeting of the Southeast Philosophy Education Society (SEPES) from February 6-7, 2015 located in Memphis, TN. SEPES provides a friendly forum for dialogue and the exchange of philosophical ideas related to a broad variety of educational topics, including, but not limited to, the role of philosophy in clarifying the relationship of school to society; democracy and education; issues of diversity and commonality in education; educational policy; school reform; and the integration of theory and practice.

Deadline: Friday, Dec. 5, 2014

For more information: SEPES Call for Papers


Conference – Democratic Education

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.


Job Listing: CU Boulder Democracy and Education

School of Education – 2015-2016 Faculty Positions
Democracy and Education

The School of Education at the University of Colorado Boulder announces a Democracy and Education tenure track faculty position for the 2015-2016 academic year. This is an open rank position that may be filled at the Assistant, Associate or full Professor level based on the competitiveness of applicants.

CU Boulder Job Listing


Call for Papers

JDS Past Presidents’ Panel: The John Dewey Society calls for paper proposals for the Past Presidents’ Panel at its annual meeting, to be held in conjunction with the American Educational Research Association meeting in Chicago, April 16-17, 2015. Successful proposals may also be considered for publication in the special Democracy and Education centennial issue of Educational Theory in 2016. The panel theme is: Revisiting Democracy and Education.

Deadline: Monday, Nov. 3, 2015 (Extended to Nov. 10)

For more information:  CFP Revisiting Democracy and Education


Call for Abstracts

Dewey through Generations: The John Dewey Society is pleased to announce a new panel, Dewey Through Generations, at its 2015 Annual Meeting, in conjunction with the American Educational Research association meeting in Chicago, April 16-17, 2015. Graduate students, student-professionals, and emerging scholars, may submit an abstract for the panel. The panel will include three papers and/or projects and commentary by an invited Dewey scholar.

Deadline: Monday, Dec. 22, 2014

For more information: CFA Dewey Through Generations


New Faces on Our Board

John Dewey Society is governed by a Board of Directors who serve three year terms, and this year we’re delighted to welcome four new members to their ranks.

Doris Santoro is an Associate Professor of Education at Bowdoin College where she teaches courses in educational studies and teacher education.  Her current scholarship explores the moral dimensions of teacher dissatisfaction through philosophical-qualitative inquiry.  Dewey’s ethics, faith in teachers’ capacities and his belief in the integration of empirical and philosophical research inspire her work. A recent publication is “‘I was becoming increasingly uneasy about the profession and what was being asked of me’: Preserving Integrity in Teaching,” Curriculum Inquiry (2013).

Kurt Stemhagen is an associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University where he works to use his teaching, scholarship, and service to help increase equity and opportunity in his community and to add to social justice discourse in his discipline (philosophy of education). He is a founder of Richmond Teachers for Social Justice (a grass roots, Deweyan group established to promote teacher participation in educational and social policy decisions) and he works closely with Richmond City Public Schools on several projects.  He sees JDS as a very important organization both for its role in supporting Dewey-inspired scholarship and for its commitment to linking scholarly realms to broader social realities.

Sarah Stitzlein is an Associate Professor in the College of Education at the University of Cincinnati.  Her research focuses on issues of democracy, political agency, and equality in education. The work of John Dewey is integrated throughout her scholarship, featured predominantly in her most recent book, Teaching for Dissent: Citizenship Education and Political Activism (2012), where she explores how Dewey and other Progressive Era Pragmatists improved political dissent and can be drawn on in educational contexts today to improve the response of schools to our shifting political climate.

Terri S. Wilson is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education and Human Services at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  Her research focuses on the conceptual foundations and normative significance of education policy, including issues raised by choice, marketization and parent engagement. She has drawn on Dewey to explore the significance of small school reform, parents’ interests in school choice and definitions of ‘scientific’ research in education.  Along with fellow new Board member Doris Santoro, Dr. Wilson has recently edited a special issue of Studies in Philosophy of Education on the theme of philosophy of education and empirical research.

We thank outgoing Board members Gert Biesta (University of Luxenbourg), Rosetta Marantz-Cohen (Smith College), and Maura Striano (University of Naples Federico II) for their service.


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.)




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.