The new ISEE Mentoring Initiative is moving forward, and this year we’ve focused on supporting environmental philosophy teaching. We are in the process of updating teaching resources on the ISEE website with new syllabi, assignments, and activities (thanks to all who contributed!), and the updated site is expected to go live by early May. We also organized a workshop on engaged and inclusive pedagogies in environmental philosophy for the 2020 Pacific APA (cancelled due to the pandemic), which we hope to reschedule either in-person or virtually during the 2020-21 academic year.
Simona Capisani (UC-Irvine) is directing the Mentoring Initiative along with ISEE Vice President Marion Hourdequin, and we have a wonderful group of participants who are helping contribute to and shape our projects going forward. ISEE members who would like to get involved are encouraged to email Marion Hourdequin (firstname.lastname@example.org) and to keep an eye out for announcements of upcoming virtual mentoring committee meetings on the ISEE listserv. We expect to hold our next meeting in May or June. Stay tuned!
Teaching Environmental Philosophy: Engaged and Inclusive Pedagogies
Simona Capisani, University of California-Irvine and Marion Hourdequin, Colorado College
This workshop aims to provide both new and experienced faculty the opportunity to explore engaged and inclusive teaching approaches and pedagogies in environmental philosophy. The workshop will provide resources for teaching stand-alone classes focused on environmental ethics, environmental philosophy, and environmental justice, as well as ideas for integrating environmental dimensions into existing courses such as political philosophy, philosophy of science, aesthetics, and epistemology. In the first hour of the workshop, panelists will share ideas for inclusive teaching, community-engaged learning, and student-centered pedagogies in environmental philosophy, followed by a moderated discussion/Q&A. The second hour of the workshop will give participants the opportunity to discuss course syllabi and share ideas for environmental philosophy teaching in multiple contexts, including environmental ethics and environmental justice courses, as well as environmentally-related units in other philosophy classes. Participants are encouraged to bring complete or draft syllabi to share, and to contribute ideas as part of a collaborative conversation.
The following speakers are confirmed as panelists:
Chris Cuomo, Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies, University of Georgia
Rebeka Fereirra, Tenured Instructor, Green River College
Benjamin Hole, Visiting Assistant Professor, Pacific University
Clair Morrissey, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Occidental College