Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Philosophy for Children Forum: 29 October

Coming up very soon is the next event on this year’s GPPC program: our Public Issues Forum. The topic this year is Philosophy for Children. The date is Saturday October 29th, 1pm, at the University of Pennsylvania. The event is free and open to the public.

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).

Thank you!

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, steve.esser@permitcap.com

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.

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