The pioneering work of education philosopher John Dewey, an early member of the University faculty, will be discussed in the conference "A Centennial Celebration of John Dewey's Decade at the University of Chicago, 1894-1904" from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, in Judd 126.
Dewey founded the Department of Education here and published such works as School and Society, a book still in print, while a University faculty member. He also founded the Laboratory Schools.
The conference will feature four speakers. John McDermott, professor of philosophy at Texas A&M University, will present "A Century of Neglect: Dewey's Pedagogic Creed, 1897-1997(?)"; Robert Westbrook, professor of history at the University of Rochester, will discuss "Dewey and Debs: Pullman and the Crisis of Producerism"; Ellen Condliffe Lagemann, professor at New York University, will present "Experimenting with Education: John Dewey and Ella Flagg Young at the University of Chicago"; and Thomas Alexander, professor of philosophy at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, will discuss "The Aesthetics of Reality: From Theory of Knowledge to Theory of Learning."
The University session is the second of two organized in conjunction with the Dewey centennial, said Philip Jackson, the David Lee Shillinglaw Distinguished Service Professor in Education and an organizer of the series. The first session was held Oct. 8 in Carbondale, where the Center for Dewey Studies is located.
For more information, call 702-1586.