Practicing Public Philosophy:Reflection and Dialogue a day-long discussion on public philosophy
co-sponsored by the APA committee on Public Philosophy and the Center for Global Ethics (George Mason University)
Friday, April 2, 2010, 9-4 p.m. Villa Florence Larkspur Hotel, 221 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA
Despite the public perception that continues to share Aristophanes’ view that philosophers remain “in the clouds,” incapable of doing publically relevant work, at least some philosophers have remained committed to a Socratic model of philosophy that is engaged with public life.These sessions invite philosophers who do publicly engaged work (assuming multiple publics and multiple types of engagement) to come together to both share their work and to reflect philosophically on the concept of “public philosophy.”
Please note that both sessions will focus on dialogue and discussion, and audience members are invited and expected to participate.Speakers featured below are “catalyst speakers,” whose aim is to draw all of us into discussion.Interested participants who require a letter of invitation in order to secure travel funding from their institution should pre-register on this site by clicking on this link. Space is limited—pre-registration is strongly encouraged, and is required to participate in meals and break-out sessions.Those who wish to participate in the full-day discussion, including lunch, are asked to register no later than March 15, 2010 by completing this registration form.
Thanks to our sponsors, the sessions and meals are free.To insure that we can accommodate those who will actually attend, registrants must agree to attend or cancel prior to March 17th; failure to do so will result in their being billed $55 of the cost of the meals ordered on their behalf. Only those who have pre-registered are guaranteed seating and meals. Location:Villa Florence Larkspur Hotel, 221 Powell Street, San Francisco, in the Machiavelli Room.The meeting is located ½ block off Union Square.A limited number of discounted hotel rooms are available for participants at the reduced conference room rate of $125 per night:www.villaflorencehotel.com and enter 001315KTO in the corp/promo box.
Schedule, April 2, 2010
All activities will take place in the Machiavelli Room, Villa Florence Hotel, San Francisco
9 a.m. continental breakfast (free for pre-registered participants)9 a.m.-noon
Practicing Public Philosophy: Reflection and Dialogue, Part I (Machiavelli Room, Villa Florence Hotel)
Sharon M. Meagher, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Dept. of Latin American Studies and Women’s Studies, University of Scranton
John Lachs, Centennial Professor of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University Sharon M. Meagher, Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Dept. of Latin American Studies and Women’s Studies, University of Scranton Eduardo Mendieta, Professor of Philosophy, Stony Brook University Elizabeth Minnich, Senior Scholar, Association of American Colleges & Universities Noelle McAfee, Associate Research Professor of Philosophy and Conflict Analysis, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University
Noon-1. Lunch and small group break-out sessions, topics to be determined by conference participants (Lunch is free for all-pre-registered participants).1-4 p.m.
Practicing Public Philosophy: Reflection and DialoguePart II
Moderator and Discussant:
Ellen Feder, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Philosophy and Acting Chair, Dept. of Philosophy and Religion, American University
Linda Martín Alcoff, Professor of Philosophy, Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center Andrew Light, Director of the Center for Global Ethics at George Mason University and a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress William Sullivan, Senior Scholar, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Nancy Tuana, DuPont/Class of 1949 Professor of Philosophy and Director, Rock Ethics Institute, Penn State University