PPN Group Sessions at 2020 Divisional APA Meetings

In 2020, the Public Philosophy Network will host affiliated group sessions at all 3 APA meetings for the first time ever.

Here’s the lineup!

2020 Eastern Division APA Meeting in Philadelphia, PA

Philosophical Progress Through Public Philosophy
Ian Olasov (CUNY): ”Public Philosophy and Philosophical Progress” 
Christina Cammarano (Salisbury University): "Becoming a Better Thinker, Teacher, and Writer: Thoughts from the Tenure Track on How Philosophy for/with Children Improves Me as a Philosopher” 
Thi Nguyen (Utah Valley University): "Seductions of Clarity”

2020 Central Division APA Meeting in Chicago, IL on Sat., Feb. 29, 2-5pm

Should Philosophers Be Advocates?
Evelyn Brister (Rochester Institute of Technology) “Partisans, Enablers, and Honest Brokers: Activism and Credibility”
Eugene Chislenko (Temple University): "The Role of Philosophers in Climate Change”
Xhercis Mendez (California State University, Fullerton): “Building Transformative Justice Approaches to Relationship Violence in Academia”
Alisa Bierria (University of California, Riverside): “Grassroots Philosophy and Going Against the Grain”

Engaged Philosophy Interview Series

Please visit the series of interviews the marvelous folks at Engaged Philosophy are doing with members of the Public Philosophy Network. Engaged Philosophy is a website that presents resources and strategies for creating civic engagement in philosophy classrooms. A brand new interview will be posted every week or so right up until our conference at Michigan State University in October.

Nancy McHugh, Todd Franklin, Ian Olasov, and Evelyn Brister, officers of PPN, give the first interview—all about what public philosophy is and the good things that PPN has been up to and has planned for the near future.

PPN Conference 2019: Philosophy from All Walks of Life

Registration is now OPEN for the 5th Public Philosophy Network Conference:


Michigan State University is hosting the conference on October 17-19, 2019 in East Lansing, MI. The conference features

  • a field trip to the Boggs Center in Detroit

  • keynote talks by Myisha Cherry, Kristie Dotson, and Daniel Wildcat

  • workshops on doing public philosophy effectively

  • reports on public philosophy projects

  • reflections on strengthening the community of public philosophers.

A complete program and schedule will be available soon. We’re looking forward to welcoming public philosophers of all types and “from all walks of life” in October.

PPN Conference 2019 at Michigan State University

PPN’s fifth conference will be held October 17-19, 2019 at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. The conference theme is “Philosophy from All Walks of Life.” Proposals are invited for workshops (300 word description), papers (300 word abstract), and panels (500 words—including abstracts, overall description, and panelist information). Proposals are due Feb. 28, 2019 and should be submitted to https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ppn2019.