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 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.


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