Every other year PLATO hosts a conference for all those interested or involved in pre-college philosophy. The next conference will be held at the University of Chicago June 23-24, 2017 (details below). To receive information about future conferences please sign up for the listserv at the bottom of the page under “Get in Touch”.
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Dates: June 23-24, 2017
Location: University of Chicago
Theme: Social justice and pre-college philosophy: where do we go from here? Including racial and other social inequalities in education, as it applies to:
- pre-college philosophy in classroom instruction
- philosophy of education
- programs in public education
Featured Speaker: Dave Stovall on “Resisting the Racial Contract in ‘School’: Critical Race Theory, Community Resistance, and the Future of Education”
Conference sessions will take the form of hands-on workshops, papers, presentations and poster sessions. The conference is funded in part by the Squire Family Foundation and the University of Chicago – specifically the Civic Knowledge Project/Winning Words Program, which is hosting the event.
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Additional 2017 Conference Theme Details
Learn more about this years' theme
The conference theme is “Social Justice and Pre-College Philosophy: Where Do We Go from Here?” The program will include talks by prominent scholars, both local and national, submitted presentations and papers, hands-on workshops, and a poster session.
The philosophical theme of the conference concerns social justice, including racial and other social inequalities in education. We strongly encourage presentations on this theme as it applies to pre-college philosophy in classroom instruction, philosophy of education, or programs in public education.
Submissions on other topics in pre-college philosophy also are welcome.
What to expect from a PLATO conference
The 2017 PLATO Conference will feature concurrent sessions involving hands-on workshops, papers, and presentations on the general theme of social justice and other topics relevant to pre-college philosophy.
There will also be an open poster session to showcase pre-college programs and initiatives not included in the program.
Sessions will be scheduled by relevance and subject matter along the following four tracks (conference participants will be able to move freely between tracks throughout the conference):
- Philosophy in the elementary school classroom
- Philosophy in the middle school classroom
- Philosophy in the high school classroom
- Theoretical issues in pre-college philosophy
Discounted rooms are available at the Club Quarters Hotel
Reservation Deadline: May 22,2017
Location: 75 E. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601
Cost: Rooms start at $165 per night
Reference Code: PLT622 (this code should ONLY be used when CALLING for a reservation. Do not use this code if booking online.
- Click here to reserve PLATO conference accommodations online
- Call Member Services to reserve at room at: 203.905.2100
Mon. – Fri. 7 am – 11 pm
Sat. 9 am – 5 pm
Sun. 10 am – 6 pm
For more detailed information such as parking, directions and surrounding attractions, visit: https://clubquartershotels.com/chicago/wacker-at-michigan
Here’s what some participants had to say about the 2015 conference:
- “I learned multiple new strategies for engaging in the classroom, especially with regard to inclusivity and discussions of social justice.”
- “I’ve made connections with several colleagues that will lead to national and international collaborations.”
- “I am not a teacher, but I have learned ways to integrate philosophy and philosophical thought into a classroom, specifically an elementary classroom.”
For more information about past conferences (including presentation topics) please click on one of the conference brochures below, or check out the video about the 2015 conference:
Call for Proposals
Submit yours today!
We welcome proposals for workshops, presentations/papers, and the poster session from faculty, graduate students, teachers and others practicing and/or interested in pre-college philosophy.
- Proposals for workshops should be no longer than 1,000 words.
- Proposals for presentations, papers, or posters should be in the form of abstracts of no more than 500 words.
Those submitting proposals are asked to note which of the four tracks above is most relevant to their submission. Possible proposal topics, in addition to those listed above under “Announcement and Conference Theme,” include, but are not limited to:
- Topics in philosophy
- Outreach to Underserved Populations
- Childhood and philosophy
- Methods for engaging students in philosophical discussions
- Cross-Curriculum Philosophy
- Outcomes: the impact of pre-college philosophy
- After school philosophy programs
- High school ethics bowls
- Creating communities of philosophical inquiry
- Philosophy and conflict resolution