PPN Full Program

Public Philosophy Network 2018: Understanding Impact 

Full Schedule

Thursday February 8th 

5:00 p.m. Wine and nibbles – cash bar and appetizers 

6:00 p.m. Conference Introduction: Robert Frodeman, University of North Texas

6:30-7:30 p.m. Opening Keynote Panel: Public Philosophy — Reports from the Field 

Andrew Light, George Mason University
Noelle McAfee, Emory University
Adam Briggle, University of North Texas

Friday February 9th 

9:00-10:00 a.m. Morning Plenary: Public Philosophy and Policy  

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 

Room 1 Open

Room 2 “Students Doing Public Philosophy: Hands-on Activities, Scaffolding, and Citizenship Skills,” Ramona Ilea and Monica Janzen

Room 3 “Doing Philosophy for Children,” Benn Johnson and Rika Tsuji

Room 4 “Teaching Philosophy in Prisons,” Nancy McHugh et al.

Room 5 “The Urban Public University as a Site for Multiple Modes of Engagement,” Mike Menser et al.

Room 6 “Evaluating Public Philosophy as Academic Scholarship,” Paul Thompson et al.

12:15 p.m. Catered Lunch at Hotel

1:15-2:45 p.m. Paper Session #1 

Room 1
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 and Sergia Hay

Room 2
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

Room 3
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

Room 4
“Living Public Philosophy from within the Academy,” Danielle Lake
“Overcoming Obstacles to Philosophy’s Impact,” Dustyn Addington
“Mapping Public Philosophy,” Evelyn Brister

Room 5
“I am Biased: The Psychology of Effective Communication,” Nich Krause
“No Need for Catastrophism,” Inaki San Pedro

Room 6
“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. 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 

Room 1
“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

Room 2
“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.

Room 3
“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

Room 4
“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

Room 5
“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

Room 6
“Bioethics as a Model for Policing Ethics,” Jennifer Baker
“Ethics Consulting as Public Philosophy,” Lisa Fuller

Saturday February 10th 

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

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

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

Room 1 “Philosophical and Ethical Contributions to the Sustainable Energy Discourse,” Giovanni Frigo

Room 2 “Public Philosophy as Civic Practice,” Noelle McAfee

Room 3 “Philosophical Podcasting,” Reyes Espinoza and Michael Oxenrider

Room 4 “Gamifying Philosophy,” Julia Uhr et al.

Room 5 “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

Room 6 “Opting Out of State Assessments and the Purposes of Public Education,” Terri Wilson and Michele Moses

12:15 p.m. Lunch 

1:15-2:45 p.m. Paper Session #3 

Room 1
“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

Room 2
“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

Room 3
“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

Room 4
“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.


Room 5
“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

Room 6
“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. 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 Future of PPN (All are welcome and encouraged to attend)