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I Never Thought About it That Way!

4thGradeStudentsSupporting Critical Thinking through Philosophical Inquiry

A Public Philosophy Event.

Event Program
Date: May 20-21, 2016
Location: Eugene District 4J Education Building, 200 N. Monroe

I Never Thought About It That Way! Supporting Critical Thinking through Philosophical Inquiry is a public forum for K-12 teachers, students, parents and administrators, as well as students and teachers of both education and philosophy, and all community members who value public education and philosophical discussion. The aim of the event is to engage the public in an exploration of the reasons for and methods involved in teaching children and teens how to engage in philosophical inquiry.

The event begins with a public keynote address by Peter Worley, a leading scholar and practitioner of philosophical inquiry for children and young adults, and a follow-up panel discussion with audience participation (both Friday evening). These will be followed Saturday by a full day of highly interactive concurrent sessions in which participants will experience philosophical inquiry with children and teens, learn numerous techniques for facilitating effective philosophical discussions, and address some questions and concerns surrounding the nature and value of philosophical inquiry in the public school classroom. The event will conclude with an interactive panel discussion on the future of the teaching children philosophy movement in our community and beyond.

Presenters include:

  • Peter Worley: Founder of The Philosophy Foundation; President of SOPHIA (the European Foundation for the advancement of doing philosophy with children), and Visiting Research Associate at King’s College, London.
  • Sara Goering: Program Director for the University of Washington’s Center for Philosophy for Children; Associate Professor of Philosophy.

This event has been organized by:

  • Paul Bodin: Architect of the University of Oregon’s Teaching Children Philosophy Course, which inspired this event; University of Oregon Adjunct Instructor of Philosophy.
  • Caroline Lundquist: Philosophy Instructor at Lane Community College and Adjunct Instructor of Philosophy the University of Oregon.
  • Kimberly Parzuchowski: Adjunct Instructor of Philosophy the University of Oregon.

This event is generously sponsored by the University of Oregon Philosophy Department and the University of Oregon College of Arts & Sciences, with additional support provided by the Oregon Humanities Center, the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, and the Eugene 4-J School District. Many thanks to our sponsors!

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information:

Or call: Paul Bodin (541) 686-9270

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See the Flyer: Philosophy for Children Flyer

Watch the video: Teaching Children Philosophy at Edison Elementary

Read the AroundtheO article:

Read the Oregon ArtsWatch article promoting both the two day public philosophy event and the special jazz concert by The Torrey Newhart Quintet with pieces inspired by Socrates, Plato, and others:

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