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2020 Eastern Division Meeting


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

January 9–10, 2020

Philadelphia 201 Hotel
201 North 17th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
United States

The Teaching Hub is part of the 2020 APA Eastern Division meeting.


A Special Invitation...

Please join us at the Teaching Hub, which will run from Thursday, January 9, through Friday, January 10, at the 2020 Eastern 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 Philadelphia,

Russell Marcus, Co-Chair, 2020 Eastern Teaching Hub
Wendy C. Turgeon, Co-Chair, 2020 Eastern Teaching Hub
Andrew Mills, AAPT President


The 2020 AAPT-APA Teaching Hub Planning Committee

David Concepción, Chair   Renée Smith
Jane Drexler   Giancarlo Tarantino
Russell Marcus
Wendy C. Turgeon
Kaitlin Louise Pettit
Kimberly Van Orman
Rebecca Scott   Robin Zebrowski
Ian Smith  


Thursday, January 9, 2020

9:00–9:15 a.m., Welcome


  • Russell Marcus (Hamilton College)
  • Wendy C. Turgeon (St. Joseph's College, New York)

9:15 a.m.–Noon, Teaching Core Texts: Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics

Organizer and Chair: Fritz McDonald (Oakland University)


  • “Diversifying… Aristotle? Engaging Diverse Undergraduates with Contemporary Approaches to the Nicomachean Ethics,” Heather Stewart (University of Western Ontario)
  • “Teaching the Nicomachean Ethics: Transformative Learning and Epistemic Virtue,” Jerry Green (University of Central Oklahoma)
  • “Teaching Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics with Podcasts,” Giulio Di Basilio (Trinity College Dublin)

12:15–2:15 p.m., Philosophy Begins in Apathy: Building Student Curiosity in Introductory Courses

Sponsored by the American Association of Philosophy Teachers

Chair: Joshua Duclos (St. Paul’s School, Concord, NH)

Presenter: Merritt Rehn-Debraal (Texas A&M University at San Antonio)

2:30–5:30 p.m., Navigating Philosophy Classrooms

Organizer: Andrew M. Winters (Yavapai College)

Chair: TBA


  • “(In)adequate Responses to Mental Health Episodes in the Classroom,” Ernesto O. Hernández (Valencia College)
  • “Increasing and Diversifying Participation,” Ravit Dotan (University of California, Berkeley)
  • “Using Discussion Cards to Balance Philosophical Conversations,” Kaija Mortensen (Randolph College)

5:30–7:30 p.m., Penn Project for Philosophy for the Young

Sponsored by the Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization

Organizers: Roberta Israeloff (Squire Foundation) and Stephen Miller (Oakwood Friends School, Marist College)

Chair: Stephen Miller (Oakwood Friends School, Marist College)


  • Karen Detlefsen (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Dustin Webster (University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education) 
  • Stephen Esser (Penn Project for Philosophy for Young Children)

7:30–9:30 p.m., Pre-College Philosophy as Pedagogy: Lessons for Teaching in Higher Education

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

Organizer: Wendy C. Turgeon (St. Joseph’s College, New York)

Chair: Darryl DeMarzio (University of Scranton)


  • “Race, Pre-College Philosophy, and the Pursuit of a Critical Race Pedagogy for Higher Education,” Amy Reed-Sandoval (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)
  • Jerry Maguire and Philosophy: Help Me Help You,” Wendy Way (Bethpage High School) and a high school student TBD
  • “Pre-College Philosophy and Undergraduate Teaching: Lessons from Philosophy Camp,” John Torrey (Buffalo State University)

Friday, January 10, 2020

9:00–11:00 a.m., The Bhagavad Gita in the Philosophy Classroom

Sponsored by the Society for the Teaching of Comparative Philosophy

Chair: Aaron Creller (University of North Florida)

Presenter: Keya Maitra (University of North Carolina at Asheville)

11:15 a.m.–1:15 p.m., Teaching Philosophy as a Way of Life

Sponsored by the APA Committee on Teaching Philosophy

Organizer and Chair: Jane Drexler (Salt Lake Community College)


  • Mark Ralkowski (George Washington University)
  • Jacob Stump (Northeastern University)
  • Julia Jorati (Universtity of Massachusetts Amherst)
  • Philip Schoenberg (Western New Mexico University)
  • Marisa Diaz-Waian (Merlin CCC, Helena, MT)

1:30–4:30 p.m., Creative Assignments for Philosophical Skills

Organizer and Chair: August Gorman (Princeton University)


  • “Using Op-Eds to Teach the Normative-Descriptive Distinction,” Galen Barry (Iona College)
  • “Evaluating Truth: A Flipped Classroom Exercise,” Oisin Deery (York University)
  • “Ethics in Action,” Elizabeth Edenberg (Georgetown University)
  • “Developing Reading Skills Through Creative Interpretation,” Rebecca Scott (Harper College)

7:00–8:00 p.m., My Top Five: Philosophers Share Their Lists

Chair: Russell Marcus (Hamilton College)


  • Elisabeth Camp (Rutgers University)
  • Dean Zimmerman (Rutgers University)
  • Galen Strawson (University of Texas at Austin)
  • Tommy J. Curry (University of Edinburgh)

8:15–10:00 p.m., Closing Reception: Undergraduate Research and Faculty SoTL Poster Session

Cash bar and light refreshments.

Organizer: Kaitlin Louise Pettit (University of Utah)

Faculty and Graduate Students

  • “Immersive Assignments for Teaching Philosophy as a Way of Life,” Jane Drexler (Salt Lake Community College), Mark Ralkowski (George Washington University), Jacob Stump (Northeastern University), Julia Jorati (University of Massachusetts Amherst), David Storey (Boston College), Philip Schoenberg (Western New Mexico University), Marisa Diaz-Waian (Merlin CCC, Helena MT)
  • “Theory Based Reasoning: Using Ethical Theories and Case Studies as an Early Introduction for Philosophy Students,” Samuel Gordon (University of North Carolina at Charlotte)
  • “Political Philosophy on Mars,” Emre Çetin Gürer (Villanova University)
  • “Teaching Philosophy Through Film: Rashomon,” Andrew MacDonald (University of California, Riverside)
  • “Visions of the Good Life: The Leadership Anthology Project,” Matt Pierlott and Zachary Wooten (West Chester University)
  • “Enhancing Class Participation and Promoting the Common Good,” Mark William Westmoreland (Villanova University)
  • “Intersections of Philosophy and Literature,” Martha K. Woodruff (Middlebury College)

Undergraduate Students

  • “Augustine and Plato: Clarifying Misconceptions,” Marc Biemiller (University of Georgia)
  • “Using ‘Muddiest Points’ to Assess Understanding and Expand Class Participation in the Philosophy Classroom,” Jason Fong (Wesleyan University)
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