APA Conferences & Information

Eastern Division Meeting
Philadelphia, PA
Sunday, December 28, 2014 – 9-11am
Baltimore, MD

Let’s Stop Kidding Around: Pre-College Philosophy and Diversity in the Profession

Speakers: Michael Burroughs (Rock Institute, Pennsylvania State University)
Diversity and Philosophical Practice

Gina Schouten (Illinois State University)
Philosophy in Schools: Can Early Exposure Help Solve Philosophy’s Diversity Problems?

Marisol Brito (University of Minnesota)
Esoteric Enough to Empower: Pre-college Philosophy as a Route to Higher Education

Luvell Anderson and John Torrey (University of Memphis, TN)
The Struggle to Diversify Philosophy Pre- and Post-College

Chair: Deborah Tollefsenn (University of Memphis, TN)

For more information: www.apaonline.org

Eastern Division Meeting
December 2013
Baltimore, MD

New Approaches to Teaching Pre-College Philosophy
(jointly sponsored by CPIP, APA and PLATO)

Speakers: David Concepcion (Ball State; president, AAPT)
Service Learning and Philosophy

Stuart Gluck (Johns Hopkins – Center for Talented Youth)
A Modular Curriculum for Introducing Philosophy to Pre-college Students

Joseph Murphy (Dwight-Englewood School, NJ)
Socrates Eats out of an Ethics Bowl

Chair: Wendy Turgeon (St. Joseph’s College, NY)

For more information: www.apaonline.org

SFF Grantee Thomas Wartenberg wins 2011 APA/PDC Prize
November 2011

Mount Holyoke philosophy professor Thomas Wartenberg has received the 2011 APA/PDC Prize for Excellence and Innovation in Philosophy Programs for his Teaching Children Philosophy program. This award honors those who promote research and public understanding of philosophy.

Wartenberg will be honored at the APA Eastern Division meeting in December. In addition, Mount Holyoke students will receive a full year’s access to electronic philosophy resources courtesy of the Philosophy Documentation Center.

Eastern Division Meeting
December 27 – 30, 2011
Marriott Wardman Park
Washington, DC

At the CPIP meeting in December, 2011, Andrew Loeshelle talks about his experiences representing the US at the International Philosophy Olympiad in Vienna in May 2011; he’s joined by Dwight-Englewood School ethics department chair, Joe Murphy.

Visit Vienna with the students and faculty advisor from the Dwight-Englewood School (NJ) who competed in the International Philosophy Olympiad in May 2011. Watch their PowerPoint presentation

CPIP Session One: Philosophy for Young People: curriculum, implementation, and sustainability challenges
Wednesday, December 28, 9-11 am

Speakers: Kirsten Jacobson (University of Maine)
Philosophy Across the Ages: My Experience with Philosophy Outreach in Maine

Beth A. Dixon (SUNY Plattsburgh)
What Counts as Success? Sustaining a P4C program in the local community.

Stuart Gluck (Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth)
Johns Hopkins CTY Curriculum on Pre-college Philosophy
Wendy C. Turgeon (St. Joseph’s College)
Working with Teachers on a Graduate Course on Philosophy for Children
Chair: Craig Merow (Michigan State University)

CPIP Session Two: International Philosophy Olympiad
Thursday, December 29, 9-11 am

Speakers: Joseph A. Murphy, Kelly Greiss and Andrew Loeshelle (Dwight-Englewood High School)
Report from the First US Team Participating in the International Philosophy Olympiad

Chair: Deborah Tollefsen (University of Memphis)

Central Division Meeting
February 15 – 18, 2012
Palmer House
Chicago IL

Philosophy In Action: A Live Demonstration of Doing Philosophy with Elementary, Middle and High School Students
Sponsored by the APA Committee on Pre-College Instruction in Philosophy (CPIP)
Friday, February 17, 12:45-2:45 pm

Speakers: Bart Shultz (University of Chicago and Winning Words elementary and middle school students)

Steven Goldberg (Oak Park River Forest High School and OPRFHS philosophy elective students)
Chair: Alison Reiheld (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville)

For more information: www.apaonline.org

Pacific Division Meeting
April 4-7, 2012
Hotel to be announced
Seattle WA

CPIP Session One: Philosophy Beyond the Academy: Graduate Students and Teaching Pre-College Philosophy

Speakers: Michael Burroughs (University of Memphis)
Creating Philosophical Horizons in Memphis

David Shapiro (Cascadia Community College)
Philosophy for Children for Adults: How Doing P4C Helped Me Survive Grad School

Arik Ben-Avi (Yale University)
Why Philosophy

Amy Reed-Sandoval (University of Washington)
Cross-Cultural Exploration: Pre-College Philosophy Classes with Triqui Children in Oaxaca

Chair: Jana Mohr Lone (University of Washington)

CPIP Session Two: Starting a Philosophy High School

Speakers: Jessica Davis (San Diego State University)

Mitchell Green (University of Virginia)

Jana Mohr Lone (University of Washington)

Terrance McKittrick (Nova Alternative High School, Seattle)

Chair: David Shapiro (Cascadia Community College)

For more information: www.apaonline.org


International Philosophy Olympiad
May 2011
Vienna, Austria

After a ten year absence, the USA was represented at the International Philosophy Olympiad in Vienna this year. The IPO is a philosophical essay writing competition for high school students of philosophy from around the world. Each participating nation is permitted to send two students to compete. Joe Murphy, who chairs the Ethics and Philosophy program at the Dwight-Englewood School in Englewood, NJ, led the US Delegation to the IPO Vienna 2011. With the support of the APA, he brought two American high school students – Kelly Greiss and Andrew Loeshelle – to Vienna in May.

Click here to read the blog.

Central Division Meeting
March 30 – April 2, 2011
Hilton Minneapolis Hotel
Minneapolis MN

Author meets critics on Thomas Wartenberg’s book, Big Ideas for Little Kids: Teaching Philosophy through Children’s Literature
March 31, 2011 – 2:20-5:20 p.m.
Sponsored by the APA Committee on Pre-College Instruction in Philosophy (CPIP)

Chair: Deborah Tollefsen (University of Memphis)

Author: Thomas Wartenberg (Mt. Holyoke College)

Critics: Sarah Goering (University of Washington)
Rory Kraft (York College)

For more information: www.apaonline.org

APA Mini-Conference for Philosophy for Children
April 20-21, 2011
San Diego, CA
This international conference will focus on the significance and impact of pre-college philosophy instruction. It will run in conjunction with the APA’s Pacific Division meeting.

2011 PLATO Institute

June 28 & 29, 2011 Sponsored by APA-CPIP & SFF the PLATO Institute will take place in June 2011 at Columbia’s Teachers College.



APA & SFF to Launch PLATO Network

May 2009 The American Philosophical Association’s Committee on Pre-College Instruction in conjuntction with the Squire Family Foundation will soon launch Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization (PLATO) a national network for teachers interested in pre-college philosophy.

Meetings of the Committee for Pre-College
Instruction in Philosophy – 2009-2010

Eastern Division Meeting
December 27-30, 2010
Boston Marriott Copley Place and
The Westin Copley Place, Boston, MA

Models for Outreach in Teaching Philosophy at the Pre-College Level
December 28, 2010 – 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Sponsored by the APA Committee on Pre-College Instruction in Philosophy (CPIP)

Speakers: Robert Pasnau (University of Colorado)
Outreach in Colorado
Geoff Sayre-McCord (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill)
Philosophy in the Community and Schools
Tim Ignaffo (Columbia University Teacher’s College), Vicki Weafer (Columbia University), and Michael Seifried (Columbia University)
Philosophy Outreach: Experiences and Expansion
Chairs: Rory Kraft (York College) and Wendy Turgeon (St. Joseph’s College)
Presentation by the Chairs
PLATO – an APA-Sponsored Organization for Facilitating Pre-College Philosophy Instruction and Outreach

For more information: www.apaonline.org

2009 Eastern Division Meeting

Models for Teaching Philosophy in the Pre-College Environment

Speakers: Michael Burroughs (University of Memphis)
Setting ‘Philosophical Horizons’: Introducing Philosophy to Memphis City Schools  Read this paper
Paul Thomson (Columbia Secondary School for Science, Technology, and Engineering-New York)
Philosophy and Integrating the Disciplines in Middle School
Wendy C. Turgeon (St. Joseph’s College-Long Island)
Preparing Teachers for Philosophical Inquiry: Maintaining Integrity  Read this paper
Chair: Rory Kraft (York College)

2009 Central Division Meeting

Approaches to Philosophy in the High School Classroom

Speakers: Kevin Barry (Evanston Township High School) and student
Challenges in Developing a High School Philosophy Curriculum
Clayton Duba (Adlai Stevenson High School) and student
Teaching Texts and Using Blogs in High School Philosophy
Christopher Freiler (Hinsdale Central High School) and student
Using Thought Experiments to Teach High School Philosophy
Discussant: David Hilbert (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Suggestions for Training
High School Students to Think Philosophically
Chair: Steven Goldberg (Oak Park and River Forest High School)

2009 Pacific Division Meeting

From the University to the K-12 Classroom:
Introducing Philosophy to Young People

Speakers: Michael Burroughs (Philosophical Horizons, University of Memphis)
Philosophy with Children and the Academy: Benefits and Challenges
Joshua Cottrell (Teacher, Philosophy/Honors Humanities/American Literature, Westview High School, San Diego) and Riley Keating (High school student, Westview High School, San Diego)
Bringing Philosophy to the Public High School Classroom
Susan Gardner (Vancouver Institute of Philosophy for Children, Capilano University)
Ethics with Young People
Chair: Jana Mohr Lone (University of Washington Center for Philosophy for Children)

December 2008: SFF sponsored a panel entitled “High School Bioethics: A Gateway to Philosophy” at the APA Eastern Division Meeting in Philadelphia, PA. The session was organized Craig B. Merow of Germantown Academy (Fort Washington, PA), and featured the presentation of essays by Joeylyn Yockey and Tim McAleer, both seniors at Germantown Academy. The session and essays have led to the creation of a new porgram at SFF, Student Voices.

March 2008: APA’s Committee on Pre-College Instruction in Philosophy sponsored a panel entitled “Writing Philosophy for Youth and Teens” at the Pacific Division Meeting in Pasadena, CA. Panelists included David Boersema of Pacific University as Chair and speakers Sharon Kaye of John Carroll University, Claudia Mills of University of Colorado-Boulder, Michael Pritchard of Western Michigan University, and David A. Shapiro of Cascadia Community College.

December 2007: SFF sponsored a panel entitled “Innovative Approaches to Teaching Ethics to Students at the Pre-College Level” at the American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meeting in Baltimore, MD.