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 ( 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.


JDS Session at Eastern Division meeting of APA

The John Dewey Society will be sponsoring a session at the Eastern Division meeting of the American Philosophical Society, on the topic of Situated Philosophy.  The panel will be held on Monday, December 30th, with participants David Backer (Teachers College, Columbia University), Cara Furman (Teachers College, Columbia University), Ariana Gonzalez Stokas (Guttman Community College – CUNY), and Chris Moffett (Independent Scholar).  If you’re going to this meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, be sure to attend this session!  If you’re interested in going, click here for more information.



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:



Welcome to the new website of the John Dewey Society! With a new look and more interactive features, this site is a space for building and sustaining the networks of students and scholars of Deweyan philosophy.

Bookmark our site to keep track of Dewey Society events and news, as well as upcoming conferences and meetings where pragmatist scholars and educators are convening. Stay tuned to our progress here on the site as we will expand its functions and resources in the near future. If you would like to join or volunteer with the Dewey Society, please click on the “Membership” link on the top of the page.

Very special thanks go to Wabash College for hosting this site, and to Deborah Seltzer-Kelly of Wabash College, who worked tirelessly to design, build and maintain it.  In addition, the Dewey Society thanks Past President Deron Boyles, whose persistent vision for an improved Dewey Society website overcame his curmudgeonly distaste for all matters related to digital technologies.

Kathleen Knight Abowitz

President, John Dewey Society


“Progressive Education: Past, Present and Future”

An update from our colleague Chip Bruce: The International Journal of Progressive Education (IJPE) has now published a series of three special issues on “Progressive Education: Past, Present and Future”:

  1. Progressive Education: Antecedents of Educating for Democracy (IJPE 9.1, February 2013)
  2. Progressive Education: Educating for Democracy and the Process of Authority (IJPE 9.2, June 2013)
  3. What’s Next?: The Future of Progressivism as an “Infinite Succession of Presents” (IJPE 9.3, October 2013)

You can visit Chip’s blog for his description of the process of developing this series, and future plans.


Journal of Educational Controversy

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 The special issue of the Journal of Educational Controversy on the School-to-Prison Pipeline and the School-to-Deportation Pipeline is now online. In addition to her printed article, we have also inserted a video interview with former Washington … Continue reading

B1 – JDS Minutes

Saturday, June 8th, 2013   John Dewey Society 2013 Annual Membership Meeting   Deron Boyles calls the meeting to order. Introductions of those Present: Charles Bacon, Barb Thayer Bacon, Rob Karaba, Kathleen Knight Abowitz, Margaret Manson , Maura Striano, Olivier … Continue reading