Progam - AME Conference

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Progam - AME Conference

World events lead many of us to ask how we can be virtuous in a pluralistic global society. In our increasingly fractious and confrontational world, how are we to be loyal to our countries, as citizens must, and moral as all humans should be? How do we remain true to our own democratic values and respectful of different ways of governing and living? Are there any moral principles that ought to guide deliberations of all people? What are the current lessons in civics and democracy that are preparing students to be active and moral citizens of the global world they will inhabit and lead? What are psychological processes of identity and inclusion that affect moral decision making? What does current theory of mind research tell us about human ability to see another’s perspective? What have we learned from the social sciences about effective methods of conflict resolution? How do we assess what works in building ethical citizens and moral members of our global society? How do/should religious beliefs affect notions of citizenship? How can we promote professional ethics across diverse contexts? What role do the media play in promoting moral and civic behavior in a global context?

Final Conference Program with Abstracts

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Keynote Speakers

Kwame Anthony Appiah, "Global Citizenship"
Dr. Kwame Anthony Appiah has agreed to give our Kohlberg Memorial Lecture. He will speak on global citizenship on the morning of November 16th. Dr. Appiah is the Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University’s University Center for Human Values.His interests are African and African American philosophy and literary theory; the history and theory of nationalism; Black nationalism, including Pan-Africanism; the idea of "race" and its history; multi-culturalism and pluralism; ethical questions about racism, and post-colonial literary theory.

His books include The Ethics of Identity (2005, Princeton University Press), Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers (2006, Norton). Color Conscious: The Political Morality of Race with Amy Gutmann(1998, Princeton University Press), Bu Me Bé: Proverbs of the Akan, with major contributions from his mother, Peggy Appiah, (2003, African World Press), and an annotated edition of 7,500 Proverbs in Twi, the language of Asante, in Ghana, where he grew up.

He is also the author of three novels and regularly reviews for the New York Review of Books. Along with Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Dr. Appiah edited the Encarta Africana CD-ROM encyclopedia, published by Microsoft, which became the Perseus Africana Encyclopedia in book form. This is now available in a revised multi-volume edition from Oxford University Press. Dr. Appiah is a member and active participant in the work of Facing History and Ourselves Project. See Dr. Appiah’s web page at

Anne Colby, "Educating for Democracy: Preparing Undergraduates for Responsible Political Engagement"
Dr. Anne Colby will deliver one of the keynote addresses. She is a psychologist whose work centers on adult development with special reference to the development of character and values. She co-directs the Preparation for the Professions Program and the Political Engagement Project of the Carnegie Foundation. She was also a team member of the Carnegie Foundation's study of Higher Education and the Development of Moral and Civic Responsibility Project. She will speak about educating college students for political understanding and engagement. She was previously director of the Henry Murray Research Center of Radcliffe College. Dr. Colby is the principal author of A Longitudinal Study of Moral Judgment (1983), The Measurement of Moral Judgment (1987), and Some Do Care: Contemporary Lives of Moral Commitment (1992), and one of the authors of Educating Citizens: Preparing America's Undergraduates for Lives of Moral and Civic Responsibility (2003, Carnegie/Jossey Bass). She completed a B.A. at McGill University and a Ph.D. in Psychology at Columbia University.

Carol Gilligan, "The Scarlet Letter: A Play Inspired by Hawthorne's Novel"
Dr. Carol Gilligan has agreed to discuss her adaptation of The Scarlet Letter as tool for a educators. She is a professor of Psychology specializing in Gender Studies at New York University's Law School and Steinhardt School.Gilligan is a renowned psychologist whose groundbreaking research on gender and human development resulted in a shift in psychological inquiry and the human sciences. Carol Gilligan's 1982 book, In a Different Voice, is described by Harvard University Press as "the little book that started a revolution." Her 1992 book (with Lyn Mikel Brown), Meeting at the Crossroads: Women's Psychology and Girls' Development, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her 1996 book, Between Voice and Silence: Women and Girls, Race and Relationship (with Jill McLean Taylor and Amy Sullivan), studied economically disadvantaged girls and their struggles to be heard and taken seriously. In her latest book, The Birth of Pleasure, Gilligan asks why we relive tragic stories of loss and betrayal. Her first play, a critically-acclaimed adaptation of Hawthorne's classic, The Scarlet Letter, debuted in 2002. Her work in psychology expands our understanding of human development and the human condition. Her research has shown how the inclusion of women and girls' voices changes the paradigm of psychology, opening up new ways of thinking about education and mental health. Carol Gilligan is considered a pioneer whose work continues to reframe our understanding of what it means to be human.

Patricia Mische, “Educating for a Deeper Democracy, Peace and Humanity: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow”
Dr. Patricia Mische will provide a plenary address on her work in the field of global and peace education. She is a Lloyd Professor of Peace Studies and World Law at Antioch College. Her recent areas of research include the contributions of religion to a culture of peace (in collaboration with UNESCO and as a visiting fellow at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame) and relationships between ecology and peace, with a special focus on case studies in Malaysia, the Philippines and Japan (made possible by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation). Dr. Mische lived and taught for several years in East Africa, and continues to be involved in projects in Kenya promoting the empowerment of rural women in sustainable development. She is the author of more than 100 articles and several books, including Toward a Human World Order: Beyond the National Security Straitjacket (with Gerald Mische) (Paulist Press, 1977; Japanese translation by Maruzen, 1980); Star Wars and the State of Our Souls (Harper/Winston Press, 1985); Ecological Security and the United Nations System: Past, Present, Future (Global Education Associates, 1998); and is co-editor of a forthcoming book Religion and the Dialogue Among Civilizations (Peter Lang Publishing, 2001). Dr. Mische lived and taught for several years in East Africa, and continues to be involved in projects in Kenya promoting the empowerment of rural women in sustainable development.

Pedro Noguera,"Safety and Caring in Schools: Addressing the Moral Basis of School Dicipline Policies"
Dr. Pedro Noguera will present a plenary address on the subject of urban education.Dr. Noguera is a professor in the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University. He is also the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education and the co-Director of the Institute for the Study of Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings (IGEMS).An urban sociologist, Dr. Noguera's scholarship and research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions in the urban environment. Noguera has served as an adviser and engaged in collaborative research with several large urban school districts throughout the United States. He has also done research on issues related to education and economic and social development in the Caribbean, Latin America and other regions throughout the world. Between 2000 and 2003, Dr. Noguera served as the Judith K. Dimon Professor of Communities and Schools at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. From 1990 to 2000, he was a Professor in Social and Cultural Studies at the Graduate School of Education and the Director of the Institute for the Study of Social Change at the University of California, Berkeley. His writings include Beyond Resistance!: Youth Activism and Community Change (2006), Unfinished Business: Closing the Achievement in Our Schools (2006), On Freire: Revisiting the Pedagogy of the Oppressed and Applying its Lessons to American Public Schools (2006), City Schools and the American Dream: Fulfilling the Promise of Public Education. (2003), and The Imperatives of Power: Regime survival and the basis of political support in Grenada, 1951-1991 (1997).