Student Workshop—Reconsidering John Dewey: Education and the Current Crisis of Democracy

© Carol M. Highsmith

How can we live and practice democracy today? In this student workshop, six leading researchers in Education, Social Sciences and Philosophy from Germany, U.S. and Japan, will engage with NYC students to reflect, examine and further develop the philosophical and pedagogical approach to pluralistic, participatory, and communicative democracy and education by the US-American philosopher and educational reformer John Dewey (1859-1952). According to Dewey’s theories, the goal of education is to enable students to become autonomous, informed, critical, and creative decision-makers who are valuable contributors to society and, thus, to a vibrant, communicative, pluralistic democracy. Questions of exclusion and the present crisis of democracy will be discussed as well as basic democratic values. The discussion will further focus on contemporary forms of exclusion, contrasting them with claims to inclusive and democratic communities in education as well as in society.

After the input by six leading researchers from Germany, the U.S.A. and Japan, a discussion, group work, presentations,  and a networking reception will follow.

Students in the fields of Social Sciences, Political Science, Philosophy, Education, German Studies, Modern Languages and European Studies are welcome to register. Following the workshop, students are invited to the networking reception and to attend the evening public panel discussion on Democracy and Education in the Age of Renascent Nationalism.

Student Workshop:
Reconsidering John Dewey:
Education and the Current Crisis of Democracy
Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 3-6 PM

with welcoming remarks by

Yasemin Pamuk
Head of Cultural Affairs and Science,Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in New York

Eva Bosbach
Executive Director, University of Cologne New York Office

Group Moderators

Stefan Neubert
Professor of Education and Director of the Dewey-Center at the University of Cologne, Germany

Jim Garrison
Professor of Philosophy of Education, Virginia Tech, U.S.A.

Naoko Saito
Professor of American Philosophy, Kyoto University, Japan

René V. Arcilla
Professor of Philosophy of Education, New York University, U.S.A.

Judith Green
Professor of Philosophy, Fordham University, U.S.A.

David Woods
Professor of Urban Sustainability, New York University, U.S.A.


Event Information

March 10, 2020, 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

German House, 871 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY
Organizer: University of Cologne New York Office, German Center for Research and Innovation (DWIH NY), Virginia Tech, German Consulate General New York

German Consulate General New York

German Consulate General New York

Address: 871 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017

Phone: (212) 610 - 9700