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 2019 Pacific Division Meeting


Co-organized by the APA Committee on Teaching of Philosophy and the American Association of Philosophy Teachers

April 17–20, 2019

Westin Bayshore
1601 Bayshore Drive
Vancouver, British Columbia V6G 2V4

The Teaching Hub is part of the 2019 APA Pacific Division meeting.


A Special Invitation...

Please join us at the Teaching Hub, which will run from Thursday, April 18, through Friday, April 19, at the 2019 Pacific Division meeting. The Teaching Hub is a series of interactive workshops and open 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 (CTP) and the American Association of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT), 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.

These events, which are free to all meeting registrants, aim to bring the collegial and supportive culture of the AAPT to the APA; to stretch beyond the traditional APA format with sessions that model active learning; and to attract a broader range of philosophers to our divisional meetings. There is something for every philosopher at the Teaching Hub. Please explore our programming, locate a session that interests you, help yourself to a refreshment, and develop your craft in the company of like-minded colleagues who believe in the transformative power of philosophy.

Hope to see you in Vancouver,

Ian Smith, Chair, 2019 Pacific Teaching Hub
Andrew Mills, AAPT President


The 2019 AAPT-APA Teaching Hub Planning Committee

David Concepción, Chair   Susan Mills
Ruth Boeker    Kaitlin Louise Pettit
Alexandra Bradner
Rebecca Scott
Christina Hendricks
Ian Smith
Mark Jensen   Kimberly Van Orman
Russell Marcus

Robin Zebrowski


Thursday, April 18, 2019

9:00–9:15 a.m., Welcome

9:15 a.m.–Noon, New Approaches to the Early Modern Survey

Arranged by the APA Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy. Coffee, tea, breakfast bars, and fruit will be served.

Organizer and Chair: Susan Mills, MacEwan University


  • "How and Why to Include Practical Philosophy in Early Modern Survey Courses," Charles Goldhaber, University of Pittsburgh
  • "Early Modern Correspondences," Kathleen Creel, University of Pittsburgh
  • "Introducing Students to Early Modern Debates about Personal Identity," Ruth Boeker, University College Dublin

1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m., Syllabus Makeover Competition

Arranged by the APA Committee on Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies

Chair: Adrian Currie, University of Exeter


  • Julianne Chung, University of Louisville
  • Alexus McLeod, University of Connecticut
  • Jing Liu, Sun Yat-sen University
  • Anand Vaidya, San José State University
  • Antoine Panaioti (Ryerson University)
  • Sean Smith (University of Hawaii at Manoa)


  • Liz Goodnick, Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Susan M. Peppers-Bates, Stetson University

4:00–6:00 p.m., Workshop: Philosophy Begins in Apathy: Building Student Curiosity in Introductory Courses

Arranged by the APA Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy and co-sponsored by the American Association of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT)

Chair: Christina Hendricks, University of British Columbia


  • Merritt Rehn-DeBraal, Texas A&M University at San Antonio

6:00–9:00 p.m., Teaching Core Texts: Thomson's "A Defense of Abortion"

Co-sponsored by the APA Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy

Organizer and Chair: Ian Smith, Washburn University


  • "Widespread Violin-se? The Importance of Statistics to Teaching on Abortion," Nicole Dular, Franklin College
  • "Teaching Thomson with Technology: How iClickers Can Enhance Student Comprehension of Thomson's Famous Analogies," Matthew Meyer, University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire
  • "Teaching with Diagrams: Thomson's 'A Defense of Abortion'," Mara Harrell, Carnegie Mellon University
  • "Violinists, People Seeds, and Burglaring Burglars: Helping Students Appreciate Thomson's Thought Experiments," Bertha Manninen, Arizona State University


Friday, April 19, 2019

9:00 a.m.–Noon, Diverse Approaches to Dialogue in Public and Precollege Philosophy

Arranged by the APA Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy and co-sponsored by the Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization (PLATO). Coffee and tea will be served.

Chair: Michael D. Burroughs, California State University, Bakersfield


  • "Liberatory Dialogue," Myisha Cherry, University of California, Riverside
  • "The Use of Narrative in Public Philosophy: A Diagrammatic Guide," Barry Lam, Vassar College
  • "The Kids are Alright: Philosophical Dialogue and the Utah Lyceum," Kristopher G. Phillips, Southern Utah University
  • "Can Philosophy for Children Contribute to Decolonization?," Amy Reed-Sandoval, University of Texas at El Paso

1:00–4:00 p.m., "Diving In" to Philosophy for Young People: A Workshop with a Variety of Approaches for Participants to Experience

Arranged by the APA Committee on Pre-College Instruction in Philosophy

Organizer and Chair: Wendy Turgeon, St. Joseph's College, New York


  • "Let's Talk about Sex: Pre-college Philosophy as a Model for Just, Inclusive, and Comprehensive Sex Education," Marisol Brito, Metropolitan State University
  • "High-stakes Moments in P4C: Navigating Ethical and Political Issues," Natalie M. Fletcher, Université de Montréal and Brila Youth Projects
  • "Immersive SPanish Language P4K," Amy Reed-Sandoval, University of Texas at El Paso
  • "P4C in India," David A. Shapiro, Cascadia Community College

7:00–9:00 p.m., Closing Reception: Undergraduate Research and Faculty SoTL Poster Session

Organizer and Chair: Kaitlin Louise Pettit, University of Utah

Independent Research by Undergraduates in Philosophy:

  • "Practical Deliberation and the Salience of Available Reasons," Danielle Guzman, University of Texas at El Paso
  • "Refined Inconsistent Belief Revision," Joshua R. Petersen, Stanford University
  • "Subjectivism, Paternalism, and Theories of Reason," Lauren Viramontes, University of Texas at El Paso

Faculty SoTL Posters:

  • "Using Student Created Crossword Puzzles as Exam Study Guides," Anthony Ferrucci, South Seattle College
  • "Teaching at the Intersection of Philosophy and Science," Mark Fortney, University of Toronto at Scarborough
  • "Teaching Philosophy to Scientists," Aleta Quinn, University of Idaho, Smithsonian Institution
  • "Use of Audio Comments in the Evaluation of Student Philosophy Essays," Chad Mohler, Truman State University
  • "Practising Philosophical Skills," Ruth Boeker, University College Dublin
  • "Course Proposal for Philosophical Issues in Feminism: Lessons from Beyoncé's Lemonade," Louise Pedersen, University of Utah
  • "Environmental Ethics Activism Project," Rebeka Ferreira, Green River College
  • "The Inquiry Approach to Critical Thinking," Mark Battersby, Capilano University, and Sharon Bailin, Simon Fraser University

Cash bar and light refreshments.



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