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APA EASTERN: NEH & APA Public Session

Posted By Lynne Tirrell, Thursday, December 24, 2015

Guest Post, from Peter Fristedt, Senior Program Officer in NEH’s Division of Public Programs.

This session will be held on  Thursday, January 7th, 2:00-5:00 pm, immediately following the plenary address by NEH Chairman, William "Bro" Adams (Delaware A, lobby level)

APA committee on Public Philosophy: 2016 Eastern Division session


APA’s 2016 Eastern Division meeting in Washington, DC will feature a Committee Session titled “Philosophy for the Public: Reports from the Field and National Endowment for the Humanities Grants.” 


Philosophers have in recent years found ever more avenues to bring their ideas to the public, including podcasts, websites, op-ed pieces, and popular books. In this era of greater access to philosophy, what does it mean to engage in philosophy for the public? What are the challenges in translating philosophical language and in making philosophical arguments accessible? This session will explore the value, meaning, and practice of philosophy for the public, and will highlight National Endowment for the Humanities grant programs that we hope philosophers will find conducive to the dissemination of their work. The NEH has long supported philosophy for academic audiences, and through recent programs including the Public Scholar Program, Humanities in the Public Square, and Digital Projects for the Public, the agency has created grants tailored to bring humanities scholarship – including philosophy – to new public audiences. 


Session presenters include Michael Lynch, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut and author of In Praise of Reason and True to Life; Gaurav Vazirani, Founder and Executive Director of WiPhi; Lynne Tirrell, Chair of the APA committee on public philosophy; Peter Fristedt, Senior Program Officer in NEH’s Division of Public Programs; and Mark Silver, Senior Program Officer in NEH’s Division of Research Programs.  


See you in January!




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