John Dewey Society

President’s Welcome: As we wrap up a uniquely challenging year in the United States, where I live, and around the globe, let us turn to the Deweyan spirit of hope for the future. We should not locate hope in political candidates or in medical cures, but in communities of people working together. That hope is not one of mere optimism that things will turn out better, but rather a hope that requires effort and habitual enactment.

We must work together to name the problems we are facing, form publics to address them, engage in inquiry to make sense of them, employ imagination to craft solutions, and boldly test them together. This sort of shared, public work can renew democracy, work against racial injustice, and enable us to construct new ways of living under difficult health conditions. 
In 2021, let us tell new stories of democratic living that create new anti-racist American and global identities and envision new ways of living creatively with Covid-19. Dewey offers tools for achieving and sustaining this sort of hope. Join us at JDS as we take up those resources and join in hoping together in the United States and abroad.

Wishing you a happy and healthy new year,

Sarah M. Stitzlein
JDS President
Notice: Although our bylaws include an annual membership meeting with the purpose of discussing goals and activities of the Society, our annual meeting has been postponed for 2020 due to Covid-19. We look forward to our next meeting in the fall of 2021. In the meantime, members are always welcome to submit ideas and concerns for the good of the society to the Executive Board at any time. We welcome your feedback, especially regarding ways to stay active and meet your needs even while we may be physically distanced from each other.

Looking ahead to the 2021 Annual Meeting in Burlington, VT

JDS, in coordination with the North Eastern Philosophy of Education Society and the University of Vermont, will hold our next gathering October 8 and 9, 2021 in Burlington, Vermont. We are especially excited about this conference, where we plan to not just talk about Deweyan ideas, but put some into practice through creative workshops and experiential learning opportunities. We are especially looking forward to the Dewey Lecture to be presented by Bettina Love. In addition, we will have a chance to explore Deweyan ideas about teaching and learning through cooking in the University of Vermont’s innovative John Dewey Kitchen Institute, and we will visit Dewey’s grave and his materials at the UVM Library as well. Falling on a holiday weekend at the height of foliage season, we hope to draw a great crowd. Please plan to join us!


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