The Humanities Project

Research Workshop in the History and Philosophy of Education


The aim of this workshop is to foster collaborative investigation of educational controversies by philosophers and historians, and to advance the art of historically engaged practical philosophy more generally.

The best existing work in practical philosophy is informed by empirical research, but the existing research may not address key questions and its practical import may be unclear. Historians bring normative concerns to their own research and hope its import for policy is evident, but they rarely make direct normative arguments. The aspiration of this workshop is for historians and philosophers to learn to work together in ways that combine the strengths of their fields and better illuminate matters of public concern.

Historians and philosophers will present and discuss proposals for joint projects and work in progress. They will include:

  • Jon Zimmerman (NYU) and Emily Robertson (Syracuse University): controversial subject matter in public education
  • Daniel Weinstock (University of Montreal): bilingualism and bilingual education policy in the US and Canada
  • Tracy Steffes (Brown) and Kenneth Howe (University of Colorado): educational measurement and accountability
  • Derrick Darby (University of Michigan) and John Rury (University of Kansas): the racial achievement gap in American education
  • Sigal Ben-Porath (University of Pennsylvania): school choice
  • Lisa Anderson (Juilliard) and Paula McAvoy (University of Wisconsin-Madison): sex education


High Court Bans Segregation
High Court Bans Segregation