Digital Dialogue 73: Public Philosophy Journal Writing Workshop 2015

This week we held the first Public Philosophy Journal Writing Workshop at the Inn at the Presidio to facilitate the work of five collaborative projects.

As the workshop unfolded, it became clear the serendipitous conversations that emerge as a group lives and eats together are vital to the collaborative writing process. So, as a way to capture some of that conversation, we decided to produce an episode of the Digital Dialogue that would not only articulate something of the nature of the projects, but also, express something of the spirit of dialogue that developed during the two days we spent together at the Inn at the Presidio.

Here is a list of the projects and participants in the order in which they appear on the podcast:

  1. Pre-College Philosophy and Public Philosophy, by Michael Burroughs and Desiree Valentine, investigates the concrete possibilities in State College, PA for the philosophical, educational, and political movement of ‘philosophy for children’.
  2. Cultivating cultures of educational encouragement, empowerment, and agency for disadvantaged youth in the state of Mississippi, by Eric Weber and Jennifer Stollman, articulates strategies to combat the culture of educational discouragement that often operates in disadvantaged communities.
  3. How Philosophy (and Technology) Can Help Us Reconnect with Nature and Why It Matters, by Marisa Diaz-Waian and Andrea Houchard, argue that the human connection with nature is an important issue of public concern prior to more frequently recognized issues like anthropocentric climate change
  4. Philosophical analysis of the treatment of mental illness in cases where individuals are unable or unwilling to consent is the focus of the work of Susan Hawthorn and Amy Ihlan.
  5. Implementing a Feminist Pragmatist Approach to Support Local Food Recovery, by Danielle Lake, Lisa Sisson, and Ann-Marie Fauvel, combines a “wicked problems” framework with feminist and pragmatist approaches to chart a course toward collaborative, context-sensitive, and iterative action aimed to meliorate current food injustices.

We welcome your feedback here on our the Public Philosophy Journal itself.

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