Public Philosophy

Western Michigan Lyceum.

I am the Faculty Mentor and organizer for the WMU Lyceum, a week-long philosophy themed summer camp for high school students in the Kalamazoo area. The camp has two aims: (i) to improve students’ critical thinking and writing skills in a fun, engaging manner and (ii) to expose students to the study of philosophy in a college setting. To achieve these aims, the Lyceum uses a theme-based curriculum: daily class sessions combine critical thinking exercises and discussions that are focused on a specific topic within the camp’s larger theme (e.g., Philosophy and Technology, Philosophy and the Environment).


Recent news:


Guide for Philosophy Summer Camps.

Adam Waggoner (WMU, Philosophy '19) and I developed a how to guide for those interested in starting up a summer camp like the WMU Lyceum.


Popular Audience Essays.

"Disgust Can Be Morally Valuable," Scientific American


"A Way to Make COVID-19 College Furloughs More Fair," The Conversation


"Your COVID-19 Anxiety Could be a Good Thing," The Washington Post


"Worried Well," Aeon Magazine


"Life's Anxieties: Good or Bad?" The History of Emotions Blog


Media, Interviews.

Dialexicon (Public Philosophy interviews for youth run by Saurish Srivastava)

HuffPost

Reader's Digest

Big Think


Leadership Roles.

I currently serve on the Advisory Committee for Western Michigan University's Center for the Study of Ethics & Society, an organization that creates opportunities for people in the WMU and Kalamazoo communities to engage in public reflection about ethical issues. I was also a member of the Executive Board of the Center for the Humanities as Washington University in St. Louis from 2016-2018.