APA/AAPT Teaching Hub - Intergenerational Philosophy

January 5, 2022 - January 8, 2022
APA Eastern Division

Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
United States

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  • American Association of Philosophy Teachers
  • Philosophy Teaching and Learning Organization (PLATO)


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Intergenerational Philosophy

The Philosophy Teaching and Learning Organization (PLATO) seeks panelists for a session on engaging with philosophy across the generations, at the AAPT-APA Teaching Hub at the 2022 APA Eastern Division meeting.

We envision approximately three different presentations on innovative approaches to doing public philosophy across the lifespan and strategies for using philosophy as a vehicle for intergenerational dialogue and encounter: college students working with seniors in their community, teens engaging with adults and children in philosophical discussions and activities. Public philosophy has a growing profile in our polarized society, and talking together across generations about difficult matters and perennial questions has become a critical and all-too-rare skill. 

We invite contributions on methods of intergenerational engagement;  one’s own experiences doing intergenerational philosophy; the distinctive need, interest, and value of intergenerational programming; ideas for the topics and modes of inquiry that are particularly well-suited for an intergenerational audience; discussion of the institutional and professional challenges or possibilities for promoting intergenerational philosophy; and areas of overlap with existing work in Philosophy for Children and the philosophy of aging more generally. 

Consistent with the ethos of the Teaching Hub, we expect presentations to be short, maybe twenty minutes, so as to both present the programs you have developed but leave sufficient time for audience questions, discussion, and possibly an activity. We will appreciate proposals which include concrete ideas about how to make the session interactive.

Submissions: Proposals of no more than 500 words, prepared for anonymous review, should be sent to Roberta Israeloff ([email protected]) by July 31, 2021. Use the subject line “APA-E/PLATO Proposal.” Please include a brief explanation of both your approach to developing your program/activity and your own experiences doing so. Supporting material, such as syllabi or handouts, is also welcome. We are interested in ensuring representation of a range of voices. We expect to select presenters by early August.

Submit Proposals to: Roberta Israeloff, [email protected] 
Email Subject Line: APA-E/PLATO Proposal
Deadline for Proposals: 7/31/2021
Selection of Presenters: early August

If you have any questions about the session, please feel free to contact Roberta Israeloff ([email protected]).

The AAPT-APA Teaching Hub is a series of interactive workshops and conversations designed specifically for philosophers and created to celebrate teaching within the context of the APA divisional meetings. Jointly organized by the APA Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy and the American Association of Philosophy Teachers, the Teaching Hub aims to offer a range of high quality and inclusive development opportunities that address the teaching of philosophy at all levels, pre-college through graduate school.

For any questions about the Eastern APA Teaching Hub more generally, contact the 2022 Eastern Division Teaching Hub Co-Chairs, Rebecca Millsop ([email protected]) and Jerry Green ([email protected]).

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