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)

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