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10 Rules of Thumb for Op-Ed Writing (D. Johnson)

Posted By Lynne Tirrell, Monday, May 23, 2016

 Want to write philosophical op-eds but not sure how to get started? Check out this post from David Johnson, on the APA Blog.

The APA Committee on Public Philosophy sponsored an amazing session on Writing for the Public, called "Philosophy Meets Journalism" at the Central APA in Chicago this year, and following up on his presentation there, David V. Johnson has written up his top 10 rules as a blog post on the APA blog.

I am hoping that we can add other posts like his to add to the professional development efforts we are making!  The session also included Ron Feemster, a journalist (Columbia) who studied History & Philosophy of Science doctoral program at Pitt, Jason Stanley (Yale), and Myisha Cherry, blogger and grad student (at UIC). 

Thanks so much David, for joining us at the APA and writing this helpful post.

Check it out!

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Berry Fund for Public Philosophy

Posted By Lynne Tirrell, Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Do you have a project that you think counts as Public Philosophy? The Berry Fund, administered by the APA Committee on Public Philosophy, makes a small number of grants annually. Grants are generally under $1000.

Some sample projects that The Berry Fund is supporting:

(1) a philosophy and science fiction prize (Oxford Brookes),

(2) a philosophy and global studies conference (Yale), and

(3) a week-long philosophy summer camp for 25 high school students (U. Kentucky).

If you have a  public philosophy project, we have some funds left to be expended before June 30th, so do consider applying.  In your application, be sure to explain your plan, how it counts as public philosophy, and your budget. 

We are open to supporting a wide variety of projects, and will consider each on its individual merits. Applications for this fiscal year will close on May 15, 2016, but we will consider applications on a rolling basis, so send yours in as soon as it is ready.

You can find the link to the form on this page:

Good luck!

Lynne Tirrell, Chair, APA Committee on Public Philosophy


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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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Op-Ed Contest Now Accepting Nominations!

Posted By Lynne Tirrell, Friday, October 31, 2014

Wanted: Your favorite 2013 op-ed or blog post that brings philosophical reasoning to public issues, in a public forum. 

Nominations are due by Nov 15, 2014.  Winners will be announced in December and each winner earns a $100 award.

For details:


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