“The Ask a Philosopher booths have been super gratifying…you get to make these intense, intimate, unpredictable, sort of sweetly ephemeral connections with complete strangers.” Read the full interview.
Themes: Public Philosophy, Podcast, Brooklyn Public Philosophers, Ask a Philosopher, Op-Ed
Megan Halteman Zwart
“Equipping students with skills and knowledge about how to plug into existing organizations will benefit any community the students eventually find themselves in.” Read the full interview.
Themes: Food Ethics, Four-Year College, Semester Course, Field Trips
“When you put your work out there, people sometimes pay attention.” Read the full interview.
Themes: Public Philosophy, Radio, Podcast, Op-Ed, SOPHIA
“To change how Blacks are socially recognized, we must change how Blacks are valued in society. One way is by highlighting in educational spaces how central Black contributions are for society.” Read the full interview.
Themes: Precollege Philosophy, Discussion Groups, Education, Black Americans
“I realized the import of tending to the emotional impact of coursework on students. In particular, I started to think about the importance of fostering hope in the classroom.” Read the full interview.
Themes: Social Change, Student-Designed Civic Engagement
“I came to think of my public work primarily as making lives available to people so that they could think about their own lives in relation to interesting alternatives.” Read the full interview.
Themes: Film, Cable TV, Intellectual Geography, Lives, Interviews
“[P]hilosophy is more than an intellectual exercise. It changes lives.” Read the full interview.
Themes: Utilitarianism, Public Philosophy, Effective Altruism
“I believe that the arts and humanities are the great equalizers, not only because they supply the content of the values that we must bring to civically engaged work, but because ‘expertise’ does not function in the same way that it does with the professional schools.” Read the full interview.
Themes: Philosophy of the City, Feminism, Arts, Humanities, Community Partners, Creative Placemaking
“To learn from a group of passionate friends and practice what you have learned together—is this not a joy?” Read the full interview.
Themes: Student-Designed Civic Engagement, Ethics, Semester Course, Cosmopolitanism
Sarah K. Donovan
“Civic engagement projects build a common context of experience that we can draw on in discussion. This helps us to build trust that is essential to developing a strong intellectual community, and sets the tone for us to be creative as we connect theory to practice.” Read the full interview.
Themes: Learning Community, Ethics, Tutoring, Immigration, Debate Club
Monica “Mo” Janzen
“I want my students to know that they can choose the life they want to have, that they can overcome tragedy/suffering, that people care about them, and that they have power to effect change in the world.” Read the full interview.
Themes: Community College, Ethics, Experiments in Ethics, Student-Initiated Civic Engagement Projects, Citizenship
“Being able to help members of the community recognize philosophy’s capacity to assist them in living more reflective and thoughtful lives is worth waking early to greet the stars.” Read the full interview.
Themes: Stoicism, International Stoic Week, Lifestyle, Cosmopolitanism
“I hope students walk away seeing that many of our problems today actually hinge on philosophical and humanistic questions even though they are packaged as technological or economic in nature.” Read the full interview.
Themes: Field Philosophy, Technology, Environment, Fracking, Government
Teaching in the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program “forces me to think about justice, ethics, and our obligations to others every time I teach and every time I reflect on the experience.” Read the full interview.
Themes: Prison, Justice, Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, Environment, Student-Led Project
“I believe that philosophy, or asking and considering philosophical questions in life, is part of the human condition. So, I’m interested in, and my research centers on, engaging in philosophical work and related questioning with a wide range of people, especially children.” Read the full interview
Themes: Philosophy for Children, Ethics, Research
“The Philosophy for Children in the Borderlands program is very much a community dialogue about philosophy itself and what it can do for us—and in this sense the program both benefits and is benefited by the El Paso-Juárez community.” Read the full interview.
Themes: Latinx Philosophy, Philosophy for Children, Volunteer Work, Community Partners
“Students learn that real projects do not follow a linear path—they demand your creative attention to address problems as they arise.” Read the full interview.
Themes: Practical Philosophy, Character Development, Student Designed Projects, Community Partners
Soazig Le Bihan
“The feedback I get from students is that they get a sense of how projects that seem small can matter a lot.” Read the full interview.
Themes: Practical Philosophy, Examined Life, Student Designed Projects
“Experiencing the undisputed facts themselves often brings about personal transformations, changes in worldview, and commitments to long-term activism.” Read the full interview.
Themes: Animals, Intensive, Volunteer Work, Seminar
“Civic engagement work with students is powerful, fun, hard as all get-out, and nerve-wracking. Did I mention fun? It is.” Read the full interview.
Themes: Ablism, Trust, Feminism, Justice, Community Outreach