Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Advancing Publicly Engaged Philosophy, Washington DC October 2011

Call for Workshop Participants – “Advancing Publicly Engaged

October, 6-8 2011, Washington Plaza Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Keynote Speakers and Panelists Include:

William Galston (Brookings Institution), E. J. Dionne (The Washington
Post), Valerie Jarrett (Assistant to the President for Public
Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, invited), Peter Levine
(Tufts University), Thomas Pogge (Yale University), Mark Sagoff
(George Mason University), Henry Shue (Oxford University).

The Public Philosophy Network invites workshop participants for its
Fall 2011 conference on Advancing Publicly Engaged Philosophy in
Washington, D.C. Workshops will include a mix of presentations and
discussion on either substantive policy issues or practical matters
and best practices in public philosophy. The conference will also
include a mix of papers and panels on related issues which have
already previously been selected from a prior call for papers.
Workshop topics are listed below; a full description can be found at

All workshops will be held on Friday, October 7th (panel and paper
sessions will follow on October 8th) in two three hour sessions,
morning and afternoon. Attendees can participate in both a morning
and afternoon workshop or only one. Please submit a brief proposal
(100-300 words) for participation in up to two workshops per session
(four maximum) by July 25, 2011 which describes your interest or
experience in the issues that will be addressed in your top workshop
choices. Please rank your choices. We will try to accommodate the
top choice of each applicant.

All workshop participants will be listed on the conference program.
Workshop participants will not be expected to make a presentation or
otherwise prepare materials for their workshops. To submit a request
for workshop participation, go to:


Currently Scheduled Workshops and Organizers

Morning Sessions

Philosophers Working in Collaborative Research Teams (Paul Thompson,
Michigan State)

Feminist Bioethics (Mary Rawlinson, SUNY Stony Brook)

Foundations and the Common Good (Mark Rosenman, Caring for Change)

Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP) workshop (Henry Shue, Oxford
University, Matthew Lindauer, Justine Kolata and Gilad Tanay, Yale

Punishment and Prisons (Rita Manning, San Jose State University)

Public Philosophy in Other Genres (Richard Hart, Bloomfield College)

Philosophical Debate with Religion (John Shook, University at Buffalo
and George Mason University)

Afternoon Sessions

Bioethics and Biopolitics (Jonathan Moreno, University of

Climate Change (Nancy Tuana, Penn State University and Andrew Light,
GMU and Center for American Progress)

Agriculture and Animal Welfare (Ike Sharpless, University of
Massachusetts, Lowell)

Philosophy through Public Dialogue (David Morrow, University of
Alabama at Birmingham)

Philosophy and/in the City (Sharon Meagher, University of Scranton)

Philosophical Approaches to Cross-Disciplinary and Intercultural
Research (Stephen Crowley, Boise State University and Michael
O’Rourke, University of Idaho)

Philosophy and the Digital Public (Chris Long and Cori Wong, Penn
State University)

Opportunities for Philosophers for National Science Foundation Funding
(Bob Frodeman, University of North Texas)

Please notify us if you require accommodation for disability.

Hotel Information: To get the group discount rate for the Washington
Plaza reservations must be made by September 9, 2011. Call in:
202-842-1300 or 800-424-1140, reference Public Philosophy Conference.
On line: Go to www.washingtonplazahotel.com and click on RESERVATIONS
at the top of the page, click GROUPS at the top of the next screen and
enter Attendee Code GMU9123 when prompted.

Conference registration: $45, which will include two breakfasts, two
lunches and coffee breaks. Registration will be available at
soon. Some financial aid will be available, especially for students.
More details will be forthcoming shortly.

Public Philosophy Network Conference Committee

Andrew Light, George Mason University, Program Co-Chair

Noelle McAfee, Emory University, Program Co-Chair

Robert Frodeman, University of North Texas

Sharon Meagher, University of Scranton, Co-Chair, PPN Executive

Paul Thompson, Michigan State University

Nancy Tuana, Pennsylvania State University

For information about the Public Philosophy Network, go to

The conference is co-sponsored by the American Philosophical
Association, George Mason University’s Institute for Philosophy and
Public Policy, Michigan State University’s Kellogg Chair of
Agricultural Ethics, Pennsylvania State University’s Rock Ethics
Institute and the University of North Texas’ Center for the Study of

Questions? Please e-mail us at alight1@gmu.edu

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