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APA awards grants to eight projects for 2017–2018

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APA awards grants to eight projects for 2017–2018

NEWARK, Del. — Nov. 29, 2017 — The American Philosophical Association is pleased to announce that it will provide grants to eight philosophy-related projects for 20172018. For more information on these programs, visit the previously funded projects page of our website.

Small Grant Program

Each year, the APA Eastern Division provides $25,000 for the APA’s Small Grant Program. This year’s grant application process was quite competitive, with twenty-four proposals requesting a total of $103,052 from our $25,000 grant fund. The following six programs will receive funding:

2018 Iowa Lyceum ($500)

The Iowa Lyceum is a philosophy summer camp for Iowa high schoolers offering an introduction to logic and critical thinking, a session focused on a close textual reading and reconstruction of a well-known philosophical argument, and various other sessions. Participants create and deliver presentations on a philosophical topic of their choosing.

AAPT Teaching and Learning Summer Seminar ($5,000)

The AAPT’s Teaching and Learning Summer Seminar provides graduate students and early career faculty with research-based, best practices. Guided by national award-winning philosophers who are experts in teaching and learning, participants become able to develop into outstanding teachers.

Beyond Borders: Bringing Latinx Undergraduates into Philosophy ($5,000)

This program aims to correct the underrepresentation of Latinx persons in philosophy by mentoring Latinx undergraduate students at the University of Texas at El Paso, located at the border with Mexico, and by providing support for students to participate in and present their research at the Latinx Philosophy Conference at Rutgers University.

Philosophy at HBCUs Conference on Race and Resistance ($5,000)

This project seeks to promote diversity in the profession with a philosophy at HBCUs conference on race and resistance. Of particular interest are scholarly explorations of the role that philosophical inquiry, reasoning, and criticism play in the development of strategies of resistance among minoritized communities in America and abroad, especially as they impact HBCUs.

Seminar on Teaching and Learning Philosophy for High School Teachers ($4,500)

At the 2018 AAPT Summer Seminar, high school educators will discuss and share new approaches to engaging students with philosophy, and exchange ideas with each other and with university faculty.

Trans Philosophy Project ($5,000)

This project explores philosophical work surrounding transgender experiences, histories, cultural production, and politics. The affiliated conference facilitates the development of such work across metaphysics, epistemology, social/political philosophy, and ethics.

Diversity and Inclusiveness Grants

The board of officers committed $20,000 for 2017–2018 to support one or two programs aiming to increase the presence and participation of underrepresented groups in philosophy. Learn more. Out of twenty applications, the board chose to fund the following two projects.

Summer Program for Women in Philosophy ($10,000)

This program addresses the gender imbalance in philosophy through an annual summer enrichment program for female undergraduate majors interested in graduate study. The program introduces participants to like-minded peers and to a network of supportive faculty and graduate students.

Supporting Diversity and Inclusiveness in the National High School Ethics Bowl ($10,000)

The National High School Ethics Bowl provides high school students with the opportunity to learn and practice philosophy together. A micro-grant program for Regional Bowls in underserved communities will direct focus on outreach to diverse high schools and strengthen financial support for qualifying teams traveling to attend the National Bowl.

About the APA

Founded in 1900, the American Philosophical Association promotes the discipline and profession of philosophy, both within the academy and in the public arena. The APA supports the professional development of philosophers at all levels and works to foster greater understanding and appreciation of the value of philosophical inquiry.


Amy Ferrer
Executive Director


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