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Public Philosophy Network Conference 

October 17-19, 2019 

Michigan State University, Kellogg Conference Center, East Lansing, Michigan 48824     

Registration       Lodging Booking Code: 1911PUBLIC   

Boggs Center Field Trip [PDF]    


About the Conference  

The Public Philosophy Network fifth conference, Philosophy from All Walks of Life, is being hosted by Michigan State University, October 17-19, 2019. Starting from the tradition of Detroit activist Grace Lee Boggs, the conference continues the PPN practice of expanding philosophy outside of the academy into everyday life, serving as a resource for social change. To this end the Public Philosophy Network has sought proposals from philosophers, broadly construed, outside of and inside of the academy whose work seeks to utilize philosophy for socially relevant outcomes.


Conference Events

An evening dedicated to the work of philosopher and activist Grace Lee Boggs, including a screening of the documentary American Revolutionary and a conversation with the filmmaker, Grace Lee.  

Boggs Center Field Trip [PDF]


Confirmed Keynotes

• Myisha Cherry, Unmute Podcast, University of California, Riverside

• Kristie Dotson, Epistemology of Testimony, Michigan State University

• Daniel Wildcat, American Indian and Alaska Native Climate Change Working Group, Haskell Indian Nations University  


About Lodging

A block of rooms are reserved at the Kellogg Center for this event.  Use the booking code 1911PUBLIC when making your reservations. 

Additional Lodging available at The Marriott Hotel, University Place, East Lansing  Book at group rate for Public Philosophy Network 


About Transportation

If you are flying to PPN, you are likely flying to either Lansing, Detroit, or Grand Rapids. Here are your options for getting from the airport to the Kellogg Center:
(1) Lansing: The Kellogg Center has a shuttle from the Lansing Airport. Please call 517-432-4000 ahead of your trip to arrange a ride.
(2) Detroit: The Michigan Flyer will take you from the Detroit airport to East Lansing — it will drop you off at the Marriott. You can walk from the Marriott to the Kellogg center, or you can take a short taxi ride to get there. The Michigan Flyer uses reservations, so arrange this ride before you travel, either by calling the Michigan Flyer (517-333-0400) or visiting their website (https://www.michiganflyer.com/). 
(3) Grand Rapids: There is no shuttle to the Kellogg or East Lansing from Gerald Ford Airport; the best option is probably to rent a car.


About PPN

Public Philosophy Network--promoting publicly engaged philosophy 

Philosophers engage the public by working with professionals in government, business, and healthcare, promoting community discussions, teaching in schools and prisons, and writing for the popular press.

The Public Philosophy Network (PPN) supports philosophers by running skill-building workshops, organizing scholarly conferences, providing mentoring, facilitating network-building, and assisting with projects.


Provisional Land Acknowledgement 

Michigan State University occupies the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary Lands of the Anishinaabeg–Three Fires Confederacy of Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi peoples. The University resides on Land ceded in the 1819 Treaty of Saginaw. Click here to learn more about the land acknowledgement.


Local Arrangements Committee

Chris P. Long, Matt McKeon (Chair), Michael O’Rourke, Paul B. Thompson, Kyle P. Whyte


Conference Program Committee

John Altmann, Adam Briggle, Evelyn Brister, Myisha Cherry, Danielle Lake, Nancy McHugh (chair), Matt McKeon, Katie Plaisance, Paul B. Thompson, and Andrea Walsh


Resources for Presenters

Reference for CALL FOR PAPERS (PDF VERSION)  Please note the deadline has passed.

Accessibility Tips for Presenters