We’re very excited about this event, and hope those of you in the area will consider joining us. In planning this conference over the past year I have become fascinated with the question of whether pre-college kids might benefit from philosophy. Our main speakers are philosophers who have committed their efforts to exploring how this can be done: each is working with K-12 students and teachers on introducing children to topics and methods of philosophy in an age-appropriate way.
Detailed information is below, and please forward to anyone else you think might be interested. Email me with questions and to register (optional but appreciated).
The Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium presents:
Public Issues Forum: Philosophy for Children
Saturday, October 29, 2011 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Location: University of Pennsylvania, Room 402 Claudia Cohen Hall
249 S.36th St., Philadelphia PA 19104
Mitchell Green, University of Virginia
Thomas Jackson, University of Hawaii
Thomas Wartenberg, Mount Holyoke College
Chair: Frank Hoffman, West Chester University, Chair, GPPC
Commentators: Dominic Sisti, Penn Center for Bioethics; Igor Jasinski, The Pingry School
Coordinator: Steve Esser, GPPC Board of Governors
Free and Open to the Public
For more information and to register (optional), please contact Steve Esser, firstname.lastname@example.org
This event is sponsored by the GPPC, the Penn Center for Bioethics, and the Penn Department of Philosophy
Why philosophy for children?
Can philosophy get kids thinking critically about issues, practical or theoretical, which otherwise they might not have the opportunity to discuss in or outside of school? Which issues can be introduced, and how can teachers foster a discussion which will enrich and inspire students?
All are welcome: philosophers, educators, students, parents and friends. Please join us to hear about the “why?” as well as the “how?” of philosophy for children.