Prof. Steven Fesmire (philosophy) will speak in two sessions at the upcoming Centennial celebration of John Dewey’s classic Democracy and Education, first published in 1916. In one presentation, Steve will criticize the increasing industrialization and corporatization of American education, and in another talk he will explore the importance of public philosophy in a democracy. Full details of the April 7-8 event in Washington, D.C. are available on the John Dewey Society website at http://www.johndeweysociety.org/conferences/2016-washington-d-c/de-centennial/.
Prof. Steven Fesmire (philosophy and environmental studies) presented two papers at the January 2016 meeting of the American Philosophical Association in Washington, DC. He presented “Beyond the Industrial Imagination in American Education” at the John Dewey Society session, and he was a respondent to papers by Philip Kitcher, Todd Lekan, and Casey Haskins at an “author meets critics” session devoted to his new book Dewey.
Prof. Steven Fesmire’s book Dewey, published last year by Routledge Press, has been designated as an Outstanding Academic Title by the journal Choice. Every year, Choice publishes a list of outstanding titles reviewed during the previous calendar year. This prestigious list reflects the best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice and brings with it the extraordinary recognition of the academic library community. Only about ten percent of some 7,000 works reviewed in Choice each year make the list! Steve’s book is an exploration into the life and ideas of one of America’s foremost philosophers John Dewey.
In his letter published by the Chronicle of higher Education, prof. Steve Fesmire (philosophy) warns against the long-term dangers to society of commodifying higher education. “It would be a tragedy that trivializes all of our successes if U.S. educational politics and policy continues down a path in which colleges and universities — or industries, for that matter! — gain economic efficiency and increase productivity by frustrating human growth, imagination, and fulfillment.” Read the full text here.
Prof. Steven Fesmire (philosophy) recently published Dewey, an exploration into the life and ideas of one of America’s foremost philosophers. The book was recently given an “essential” review from the magazine Choice, a publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries. The essential designation refers to publications “of exceptional quality for academic audiences and a core title for academic libraries supporting programs in relevant disciplines.” The review reads in part: “Fesmire helpfully ends with a suggestive discussion of Dewey’s influence and legacy. This book is superb in showing the interconnectedness of Dewey’s philosophy, with each chapter building on the ideas developed in previous ones.”
What can John Dewey teach us about today’s important educational policy questions? GMC prof. Steven Fesmire (philosophy) provides some guidance “One of Dewey’s basic educational ideas was that kids learn better when they organically assimilate knowledge in an active, personal, imaginative and direct way,” Steven writes. Read the full Rutland Herald op-ed here. Steven is author of Dewey (Routledge, 2015), John Dewey and Moral Imagination (Indiana University Press, 2003), and editor of the Oxford Handbook of Dewey (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2017).