PPN 2018 Moves to Boulder

Here is the press release announcing the move from Denton, TX to Boulder, CO.

For Immediate Release

For more information contact robert.frodeman@unt.edu and adam.briggle@unt.edu

Public Philosophy Network 2018 conference moves to Colorado

The next Public Philosophy Network conference will take place in Boulder, Colorado, February 8 to 10, 2018. Originally scheduled to take place in Denton, Texas, the organizers changed the venue due to the recent passage of a discriminatory Texas law that prompted California to issue a ban against state-funded travel to Texas.

The Texas law that spurred the venue change allows child care agencies to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. California’s travel ban applies to all units in the California University systems.

“The basis of publicly engaged philosophy is the absence of barriers to participation,” said Robert Frodeman, professor of philosophy at the University of North Texas (UNT) and a co-director of the conference. “Every person should feel welcomed regardless of their place of origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity.”

“The political situation in Texas undermines these core values” added Adam Briggle, also of UNT and a conference co-director.  “We encourage academics and non-academics alike to submit their abstracts as we think together about the role of philosophy in contemporary society.”

The conference will now take place in the new Embassy Suites by Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn Hotels in Boulder. Guidelines for submission are available at the conference website. The deadline is September 15, 2017.

“Public philosophy is always about walking the talk, and this move signals that we in the Public Philosophy Network are committed to full participation, openness, and justice,” said Noëlle McAfee, past co-director of the Public Philosophy Network and a professor at Emory University. “I encourage all those who have participated in the past and those who have yet to do so to send in their abstracts soon.”