TC’s Philosophy and Education Program Well Represented at MASPES 2014 ☆

The 2014 meeting of the Middle Atlantic Philosophy of Education Society (MASPES) will take place on February 8th at the University of Scranton. The theme of this year’s conference was “Opening Philosophy of Education: Examining purposes, practices and possibilities.” In keeping with this theme, we decided to open up proposals to explore a broad range of topics, address the prospect for practice Philosophy of Education in today’s climate, both inside and outside the academy, as well as workshops. Additionally, this will be the first time the annual conference will be held outside of New York City (in the past it has been held at NYU as well as Teachers College).

The response to these changes was overwhelmingly positive. This year also saw an increase in the size of the society, and a dramatic surge of papers, and proposals, as the conference will have participants from universities across the country, including the University of Nevada, Texas A&M, Syracuse, Bowdoin College, University of Pennsylvania, CUNY, Long Island University, University of Delaware, Hofstra, the University of Illinois, and of course the University of Scranton. The proposals also represented a wide range of topics and interests.

While the society has expanded, members and alumni of the Philosophy and Education program have remained heavily involved. Darryl De Marzio (‘07), the immediate past president of MASPES, is currently Director of Education Programs at the University of Scranton and was instrumental in providing resources for the conferences to be held there. The current President, Ariana Stokas (‘10) is currently an Assistant Professor at CUNY, and also an alumnus of the Philosophy and Education Program. Additionally, graduate students Mike Schapira, Jessica Davis, and Carmen James, as well as Professor David Hansen are all participating in the event.
If you have questions about attending the conference, please contact Timothy Ignaffo. For directions, please see here: