Friday, May 1, 2020 at 8:15 AM EDT
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Harvard Graduate School of Education 
Gutman Conference Center 4 and 5
6 Appian Way
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Vickie Aldin 
Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics 


Educational Ethics: A Field-Launching Conference

We regret to announce that we must postpone Educational Ethics: A Field-Launching Conference and the International Normative Case Study Workshop and Network Initiative until the 2020-2021 academic year, due to new coronavirus-related restrictions on travel and on large gatherings at Harvard. 

We are grateful to everyone who set aside time in their calendars to participate in this initiative, and we look forward to announcing the new dates soon.  

The conference aims to build a global field of educational ethics, modeled in some ways after bioethics, that is philosophically rigorous, disciplinarily and experientially inclusive, and both relevant to and informed by educational policy and practice. It convenes a range of distinguished participants from different disciplinary backgrounds to consider the contours of such a field and to examine both perennial and novel questions within the field of educational ethics.

Friday, May 1: Defining the Space

8:15 - 9:00 AM: Breakfast + Registration

9:00 - 9:30 AM: Welcome and Framing the Conference

9:30 - 11:00 AM: Framing Educational Ethics
Neema Avashia, Eighth Grade Civics Teacher, Boston Public Schools
Yuli Tamir, President, Shenkar College, Tel Aviv
John Silvanus Wilson, Senior Advisor and Strategist to the President, Harvard University; 11th President, Morehouse University
Terri Wilson, Assistant Professor in the School of Education, UC-Boulder

ModeratorMeira Levinson, Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

11:00 - 11:30 AM: Break

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM: Educational Ethics in Context 1: Schools and universities in society
Danielle Allen, James Bryant Conant University Professor and Director, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University
Jarvis Givens, Assistant Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Jal Mehta, Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Gina Schouten, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Harvard University

ModeratorLawrence Blum, Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Education and Professor of Philosophy, UMass Boston

1:00 - 2:15 PM: Lunch

2:15 - 3:45 PM: Educational Ethics in Context 2: Schools and children
Harry Brighouse, Mildred Fish Harnack Professor of Philosophy and Carol Dickson Bascom Professor of the Humanities, UW-Madison
Paula Fass, Margaret Byrne Professor of History Emerita, UC-Berkeley
Tamar Schapiro, Associate Professor of Philosophy, MIT

ModeratorWinston Thompson, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Studies, The Ohio State University

3:45 - 4:15 PM: Break

4:15 - 5:45 PM: Professional Ethics
Howard Gardner, Hobbs Research Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Kathy Pham, Fellow, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University
Susan Reverby, Marion Butler McLean Professor Emerita in the History of Ideas and Professor Emerita of Women's and Gender Studies, Wellesley College
David Wilkins, Lester Kissel Professor of Law and Director, Center on the Legal Profession, Harvard Law School

ModeratorRandall Curren, Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department, University of Rochester

Saturday, May 2: New Directions
8:30 - 9:00 AM: Breakfast + Check-in

9:00 - 10:15 AM: Educational Ethics in a Digital Age
Benjamin Herold, Spencer Journalism Fellow, Columbia University and Staff Writer, Education Week
Sarah Igo, Andrew Jackson Professor of History, Director of the Program in American Studies, and Faculty Director, E. Bronson Ingram College, Vanderbilt University
Elizabeth Laird, Senior Fellow of Student Privacy, Center for Democracy and Technology
Desmond Patton, Associate Professor of Social Work, Columbia School of Social Work

ModeratorHarvey Siegel, Professor of Philosophy, University of Miami

10:15 - 10:45 AM: Break

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM: Triage and Rationing
Andrew Ho, Charles William Eliot Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Jennifer L. Jennings, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School and Director of the Education Research Section, Princeton University
Govind Persad, Assistant Professor, Sturm College of Law, University of Denver
Ashley Taylor, Assistant Professor of Educational Studies, Colgate University

ModeratorSigal Ben-Porath, Professor of Education, Penn Graduate School of Education

12:00 - 1:30 PM: Lunch + Optional Pedagogy Strand
FacilitatorJacob Fay, Postdoctoral Fellow, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University

1:30 - 2:45 PM:  Beyond the State-Family-Child Triangle: What Roles Should Advocacy Groups, Philanthropies, Unions, NGOs, and other bodies play?
Sarah Dryden-Peterson, Associate Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Bruce Fuller, Professor of Education and Public Policy, UC-Berkeley
Emma Saunders-Hastings, Assistant Professor of Political Science, The Ohio State University

ModeratorMichael Hand, Professor of Philosophy of Education, University of Birmingham (England)

2:45 - 3:00 PM: Closing Remarks