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Philosophy Summer Workshop

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Summer Institute in Philosophy for High School Teachers: Intellectual Humility in Secondary Education


Are you a high school teacher looking to incorporate Philosophy into your curriculum? The UConn Summer Institute in Philosophy is here to provide tools to help you develop either a semester- or year-long course in Philosophy, or build philosophical discussion into one you already teach. Including philosophy in literature, science, history, or social science classes will help your students confront perennial questions of truth, morality, justice, knowledge, reason, the self, and the like, with humility, as well as helping them to appreciate their controversial and complex nature. This will in turn encourage students to engage in constructive dialogue with those whose opinions differ from their own.


Institute Director:

Mitchell Green, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut

Professor Green has three decades of experience teaching Philosophy (at the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Virginia, and the
University of Connecticut). He has directed two Summer Institutes in Philosophy for High School Teachers supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is also founding director of Project High-Phi, which since 2010 has supported philosophical education in America’s high schools.


Workshop Format:

Morning sessions will be lecture and discussion, with focus on an historical text or a contemporary philosophical topic. Afternoon sessions generally be will be breakout, enabling curricular development in consultation with visiting specialists. Participants will produce a new, or revise an extant syllabus by the end of the Workshop. Throughout our time together, we will aim to build a community of teacher-scholars who will continue to collaborate with one another well beyond the summer. Our time together will culminate in a field trip to a nearby location of philosophical interest.


Program Information:

Date: July 24-28, 2017

Location: The Homer Babbidge Library on the Campus of the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT

Eligibility: Applicants must be employed full-time at an accredited high school in the U.S. or one of its territories. The school in question may be public or private, and may be religiously affiliated.

Support: Participants will receive stipends of up to $1,000 to defray travel, accommodation, and meals. Accommodation: Participants will be housed for the week of the Institute at the Nathan Hale Inn on the campus of the University of Connecticut.

Application Information: To apply, download and fill out the ProjectHigh-PhiSummerInstitute application. Once complete, email to Emma Bjorngard at All applications are due by February 28th, 2017.

Questions: Contact Emma Bjorngard (


The UConn Summer Philosophy Institute is made possible by Project High-Phi, and by generous funding from the UConn Humanities Institute, the Project on Humility and Conviction in Public Life, and the Templeton Foundation.