UPDATE: The 2020 conference has, unfortunately, been cancelled due to coronavirus concerns.

Dear Members and Friends of JDS,

While we are disappointed to announce that we will not be able to meet in San Francisco in April, as originally planned, we now intend to hold our conference September 24-26, 2020 in Nashville, Indiana. We will be partnering with the Ohio Valley Philosophy of Education Society to hold our conferences in tandem.  Several of our most active JDS members also happen to be longtime participants in OVPES and we anticipate many overlapping interests between our conference goers and theirs. 

Many of our accepted presentations revolve around themes of creativity, art, and imagination.  The location of the postponed conference is especially fitting given that Nashville is an artist colony.  We are also pleased that Bettina Love will still be able to deliver the Dewey Lecture.  A powerful and dynamic speaker, we are sure that her talk will be engaging, as it takes up issues of creativity and imagination in efforts to nurture a rebellious spirit in students than can improve the world.

In case you missed the JDS call for papers, but would like to present this fall, consider responding to the OVPES call for papers.  More details will follow regarding the conference. Brown County Indiana is a lovely place to visit during the fall and we look forward to seeing you there.

Please also begin planning for a first of its kind conference in October 2021, as JDS moves away from our former connection to AERA and hosts our conference in a place near and dear to Dewey: Burlington, Vermont.  Dewey was born there, taught there, and is buried there.  He is remembered by the University of Vermont with a special collection of his work and paper in the library, a burial spot in the middle of campus, and a beautiful room in his honor.  We are planning a more interactive approach to this conference, setting out to do the very sorts of things that Dewey describes when it comes to education, transaction, democracy, and more.  Please carve out space on your calendar to attend.  In the height of leaf peeping season, we anticipate a beautiful and exciting conference.

Drawing from a Deweyan sentiment expressed by our President-Elect, Kyle Greenwalt, this is a time for creative democratic living.  We wish you good health as you serve your communities and as we inquire together to figure out the best path forward.

JDS Executive Committee