Public Philosophy Conference

Advancing Public Philosophy, a conference of the Public Philosophy Network, takes place October 6-8, 2011 in Washington, DC.  Keynote speakers and panelists include William Galston, E. J. Dionne, Elizabeth Minnich, Peter Levine, Thomas Pogge, Mark Sagoff, Marilyn Friedman, and Henry Shue. Andrew Light and I are co-chairing the conference.

The conference starts with a plenary at the Center for American Progress and continues with two full-day sessions at the Washington Plaza Hotel.  The first full day we’re holding concurrent workshops in the morning and afternoon with a maximum of 20 people in each workshop, on topics from climate change to social media ethics.   If you’d like to see the offerings and sign up to participate, check out this wiki.

The final day will include a mix of paper sessions and plenaries, including one on global poverty and the Millenium Development Goals.  The full program is available here.


Here comes a new academic year, always exciting and new.  This is part of the fun of being in the academy.  There’s always a new group of students, new classes to teach, new colloquia and conferences.

On my dance card:

Giving a talk to the Emory philosophy department September 15 on political imaginaries.

Co-chairing, with Andrew Light, the Advancing Public Philosophy conference in Washington, DC, Oct. 6-8.

Moderating a session on the work of Patricia Hill Collins at the 50th anniversary meeting of SPEP, Oct. 19-22. Also there I am introducing a motion to help decentralize SPEP governance.

Participating in a workgroup on youth and new media at the Institute for Advanced Studies organized by Danielle Allen Nov. 9-11.

NOT going to the eastern APA because it is still scheduled between Christmas and New Year’s.

Giving a talk at UC Denver March 12.

Also some meetings with the Kettering Foundation.

More news to follow.