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Learning here and now: Aesthetic-educational happenings at Black Mountain College

17 May 2023, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm

Audience at a conference. Image: Matt Clayton for UCL Digital Media

Join this event to hear Chris Higgins discuss John Dewey's involvement in the experimental Black Mountain College.

This event is free.

Event Information

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Yuxin Su

Black Mountain embodied two of Dewey's central claims: that education is “the continuous reconstruction of experience" and that aesthetic experience is educative (and vice versa).

Chris will discuss these two claims in conjunction in relation to Black Mountain College. He has also provided two chapters of his book for those interested in attending this seminar.

This online event will be particularly useful for those interested in the philosophy of education, progressive education and John Dewey's educational philosophy.

To register and attend, please email Yuxin Su at stnvysu@ucl.ac.uk

PESGB seminar series

This event is part of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB) seminar series. PESGB is a learned society that promotes the study, teaching and application of philosophy of education. Its London Branch hosts seminars every Wednesday in conjunction with the Centre for Philosophy of Education. These seminars are led by national and international scholars in the field, covering a wide range of issues of educational and philosophical concern.

All are welcome to attend.

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About the Speaker

Chris Higgins

Associate Professor and Chair at the Department of Formative Education in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College

He has written on dialogue and the teacher-student relationship, ignorance and open-mindedness, imagination and aesthetic education, liberal learning and vocational formation, and education as a public good.