PPN Full Program

Public Philosophy Network 2018: Understanding Impact 

Full Schedule

Please note that PPN 2018 will be meeting in two adjoining hotels. Here are the meeting room locations:

Embassy Suites: Settler’s Park (opening keynote panel), The Mall, Foothills, West End, East End

Hilton Garden Inn: Enchanted Mesa, Royal Arch

Thursday February 8th 

5:00 p.m. Embassy Suites. Cash bar and appetizers 

6:00 p.m. Settler’s Park. Conference Introduction: Robert Frodeman, University of North Texas

6:15-7:30 p.m. Settler’s Park. Opening Keynote Panel: Public Philosophy — Reports from the Field 

Andrew Light, George Mason University and World Resources Institute
Noelle McAfee, Emory University
Adam Briggle, University of North Texas

Friday February 9th 

9:00-10:00 a.m. The Mall. Morning Plenary: Imagining a World Where Philosophers Mattered

Daniel Sarewitz, Arizona State University

10:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Workshop Session #1 

Foothills “Students Doing Public Philosophy: Hands-on Activities, Scaffolding, and Citizenship Skills,” Ramona Ilea and Monica Janzen

The West End “Doing Philosophy for Children,” Benn Johnson and Rika Tsuji

The East End “Teaching Philosophy in Prisons,” Nancy McHugh et al.

Enchanted Mesa “The Urban Public University as a Site for Multiple Modes of Engagement,” Mike Menser et al.

Royal Arch “Evaluating Public Philosophy as Academic Scholarship,” Paul Thompson et al.

12:15 p.m. The Mall. Lunch

1:15-2:45 p.m. Paper Session #1 

The Mall
“Living Public Philosophy from within the Academy,” Danielle Lake
“Mapping Public Philosophy,” Evelyn Brister
“Kant and the Carbon Cult: Philosophy and Trump’s Energy Agenda,” Adam Briggle

Panel Organized by SOPHIA: “Opportunities and Challenges for Building Local Communities of Philosophical Conversation”
“Communities Take Roots: Challenges for Locally Grown Communities of Philosophical Conversation,” Eric Weber
“Liberating the Liberal Arts: Encouraging Philosophical Engagement Outside of the Classroom,” Anthony Cashio
“Building Philosophical Community in the South Puget Sound chapter of SOPHIA,” Michael Rings, Sergia Hay, and Matthew Salzano

The West End
Panel Organized by Philosophy Ripped from the Headlines: “Philosophy Without Borders (PWB): What It Is, and Why It Matters”
“PWB, Immigration, and Open Borders,” Damián Bravo Zamora
“PWB as a Collective Existential Project,”Andrew Chapman
“PWB, Professional Academic Philosophy, and the Larger World,” Michelle Maiese
“PWB as a Critical Meta-Reflection on the Nature and Aims of Public Philosophy,” Mary Marcous

The East End
Panel Organized by members of the American Association of Philosophy Teachers: “Public Philosophy in Reasoning & Argumentation Courses”
Presenters: Jane Drexler, Michelle Catalano, and Rob Loftis

Royal Arch
“I am Biased: The Psychology of Effective Communication,” Nich Krause
“Overcoming Obstacles to Philosophy’s Impact,” Dustyn Addington

Enchanted Mesa
“Ethics and Social Change,” Lisa Kretz
“Philosophy in the Rainforest: Reflections on the Impact of Integrating Philosophy and Fieldwork,” Clair Morrissey
“Philosophy of Education,” Mark Sanders

2:45 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Break

3:00-4:15 p.m. The Mall. Afternoon Plenary: Reaching the Public
Olivia Goldhill, Quartz
Peter Catapano, New York Times
Justin Weinberg, Daily Nous

4:15-5:45 p.m. Paper Session #2 

The Mall
“Bioethics as a Model for Policing Ethics,” Jennifer Baker
“Ethics Consulting as Public Philosophy,” Lisa Fuller
“Socrates and Sophists: A Post-disciplinary Approach to Philosophy,” Robert Frodeman

“The Practical Beauty of Theory: Hans-Georg Gadamer’s Phronesis to Guide Public Engaged Scholarship,” Marie Sandy
“Some Things about Mary Warnock,” Nancy Matchett
“The True Test of the Opt Out Movement,” Matthew Hastings and Maravene Taylor-Heine

The West End
“The Impact of Philosophy: Evidence from the UK Research Excellence Framework,” Diana Hicks and J. Britt Holbrook
“Blaming Ourselves and Others,” Amy McKiernan
“Investigating the Impact of Philosophy of Science on Scientific Domains,” Kathryn Plaisance et al.

The East End
“Making, and Making Philosophy Public: Reflections on Foucault, Ambient Intelligence, and Collaboration,” Patrick Gamez
“Technocracy, Public Optimism, and National Progress: Constructing Ethical Guidelines for Responsible Nano Research and Development in China,” Qin Zhu
“The Imperative to Develop Ethically-Informed METI Protocols,” Chelsea Haramia and Julia DeMarines

Royal Arch
“Transdisciplinary Imaginations: How Interdisciplinary Environmental Science Graduate Students Envision the Research-Policy Decision Making Process,” Jess Engebretson et al.
“Thinking Ecologically: The Columbia Ecosalon Experiment,” Ben Mylius
“Enhancing Interdisciplinary Science through Philosophical Dialogue: Evidence from The Toolbox Dialogue Initiative,” Brian Robinson and Chad Gonnerman

Enchanted Mesa
“Reflective Consensus Building on Wicked Problems,” Michael Hoffman
“Public Philosophy Begins in K-12 Classrooms,” Landon Hedrick
“Outreach through Ethics Bowl,” Jonathan Ellis and Kyle Robertson


Saturday February 10th 

9:00-10:00 a.m. The Mall. Morning Plenary: Public Philosophy and Political Controversy  Evelyn Brister, Rochester Institute of Technology — Moderator
Rebecca Tuvel, Rhodes College
Lee McBride, The College of Wooster
Georgia Warnke, UC Riverside

10:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Workshop Session #2 

The Mall “Gamifying Philosophy,” Julia Uhr et al.

Foothills “Philosophical Podcasting,” Reyes Espinoza and Michael Oxenrider

The West End “Public Philosophy as Civic Practice,” Noelle McAfee

The East End “Opting Out of State Assessments and the Purposes of Public Education,” Terri S. Wilson, Matthew Hastings, Mara Taylor-Heine, and Wagma Mommandi.

Royal Arch “Philosophical and Ethical Contributions to the Sustainable Energy Discourse,” Giovanni Frigo

Enchanted Mesa “From the War on Drugs to the War on Terror: Reconsidering the Connections Between Domestic and Foreign Policy in the United States,” Patrick Anderson and John C. O’Day

12:15 p.m. The Mall. Lunch 

1:15-2:45 p.m. Paper Session #3 

The Mall
“Learning by Performing in Public Philosophy,” Caleb Dewey
“You Don’t Do Public Philosophy? You Probably Don’t Have Any Friends,” Ben Ross
“On the Philosophical Echo Chamber: Groupthink and Challenges to Interdisciplinary Discourse,” Joelle Hershberger

“Multi-dimensional Assessments of Transportation: The Case of Las Vegas,” Shane Epting
“Philosophy Engaged in Technology Assessment,” Jan Schmidt
“Won’t Someone Think of the Children? Reorienting the Moral Debate on Vaccination,” Maggie Taylor

The West End
“Wrongful Exploitation: An Analysis of the United States-Mexico Bracero Program,” Kassandra Hernandez
“Philosophy and Public Policymaking: On the Need for Conceptual Clarity in the Natural Resources Curse Thesis,” Gordon Akon-Yamga
“Building a New Philosophical Model for 21st Century Scientific Practice,” Deepanwita Dasgupta

The East End
“Consider the Podcast:  The Hard Case of Tim Ferriss,” David E. Storey
“Chalkdust without the Torture: Can Philosophy Rock?” Stephanie Jenkins
“Reflecting on Global Development: A Toolbox for Development Organizations,” Anna Malavisi et al.

Royal Arch
“The Role of Riversphere Community Action Centers in the Revolution of Urban Water Systems,” Teresa Moss
“Paul Taylor, Environmentally Integrated Land Bridges, and Hyperobjects,” Jared Opoien
“Factory Farming in Minnesota: Time for A Change?” Jeff Johnson

Enchanted Mesa
“Insights from the Philosophy of Moral Agency that Can Help Us Address Sexual Assault on Campus,” Heidi Ravven
“The Disabled Can Speak: Socratic Midwifery As Resistance To Epistemic Violence ,” John Altmann
“From Projects to Problems: A Deweyan Analysis of Participatory Budgeting,” Roudy Hildreth and Steven Miller

2:45 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Break

3:00-4:15 p.m. The Mall. Afternoon Plenary: International Perspectives
David Budtz Pedersen, Aalborg University — Moderator
David Budtz Pedersen, Aalborg Universit
Tom Børsen, Aalborg University
Frederik Stjernfelt, Aalborg University
Rolf Hvidtfeldt, Aalborg University
Joachim Schmidt Wiewiura, University of Copenhagen

4:15-5:00 p.m. The Mall. Business Meeting: The Future of PPN (All are welcome and encouraged to attend)