Monday, August 23, 2021



Conference Headquarters:

The University of Vermont

Old Mill Building 94 University Place

Burlington, VT 05405

Link to Interactive Campus Map and Downtown Burlington Map

University of Vermont Parking Information

University of Vermont COVID-19 Policies

Please note that we will strictly adhere to all UVM health and safety regulations as well as all CDC recommendations. All conference participants will mask while indoors. 

Vaccination is strongly urged for all visitors to UVM’s campus.

Thursday, 10/7/21

6pm-8pm                        Cocktail party at John Dewey house, hosted by Eric & Robin                                                        Gershman

                                        186 South Willard

                                        Burlington, VT 05401

                                        *Weather permitting. At 7pm, host and author Eric Gershman will be

                                        reading from his John Dewey based story, Alive in the Basement.                                                Sneak preview:

Friday, 10/08/21


Registration & Welcome Table (Old Mill Building/John Dewey Lounge)


Official Conference Welcome (John Dewey Lounge)


First Concurrent Paper Sessions


Coffee Break


Second Concurrent Paper Sessions


Lunch Break (on your own)


John Dewey Memorial Symposium (John Dewey Lounge)


Cynthia Belliveau, Lisa Heldke, & Raymond Boisvert

Third Concurrent Paper Sessions


Fourth Concurrent Paper Sessions


School & Society Forum (John Dewey Lounge)


NEPES Keynote Address and Coffee Reception (John Dewey Lounge)


Mariana Souto-Manning

NEPES Business Meeting (John Dewey Lounge)

Saturday, 10/9

8am-9:00am        Fellowship Walk of Dewey Sites with Sarah Stitzlein and Cara Furman

(Requires approximately two miles of walking total. Meet at Dewey’s gravesite beside Ira Allen Chapel on University Place for a prompt departure at 8:00am.)

9am-9:45am        Tour of the Dewey Collection at UVM Billings Library (Billings Library,

48 University Place, Burlington, VT 05405)

10:00am-12noon    Fifth Paper Session (John Dewey Lounge)

12noon-1:00pm    Lunch Break (on your own)

1pm-2:45pm       John Dewey Memorial Lecture and John Dewey Society Awards Ceremony (John Dewey Lounge)

Meira Levinson, Distilling the Spirit of Ethical Democratic Education: New Craft Cocktails of Challenges, or Old Politics in New Bottles?

In this talk, Meira Levinson will explore contemporary challenges in educational ethics, including conflicts over history and civic education, whether (and if so how) to measure COVID-related learning loss, and who should decide if (and if so, when) children and teachers should be required to attend schools in-person rather than remotely. She will argue that each of these challenges poses ethical questions that are specific to the current moment, but that they also collectively activate longer-term concerns about democratic decision-making and the distribution of power in a diverse polity. In the spirit of inclusive and Deweyan collaboration, Levinson will invite audience members to deliberate together about some of these dilemmas, in addition to offering her own ideas.

3pm-5:30pm       John Dewey Society Emerging Scholars Forum (John Dewey Lounge) 

6:30pm-7:30pm     John Dewey Society Business Meeting & Reception (John Dewey


8:00pm            Dinner and Drinks at local restaurant for those interested

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Saturday, 10/9

*Must Pre-Register with Kyle Greenwalt, Thanks to the generosity of our conference partners, all experiential sessions are free for participants.

**More information on the nature of experiences will be shared as it becomes available.

10am-12noon      Dewey Kitchen session (must pre-register, 16 participants per session)

Marsh Life Sciences Building 109 Carrigan Drive

Burlington, VT 05405

A Day on the Farm: Experiencing Place and Sustainability in Teacher Education

3:30pm-6:00pm, 1611 Harbor Rd, Shelburne, VT 05482

Shelburne Farms is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire and cultivate learning for a sustainable future. Together, Shelburne Farms and the University of Vermont are working to envision a new kind of teacher education that is place-based and attuned to global sustainability. In this workshop you will learn about the principles, pedagogies, and protocols that guide this work as we engage with the complexity of the Shelburne Farms landscape together. Dewey knew this landscape well as a child exploring the farms, forests, and mountains surrounding Lake Champlain.

*Families are invited to walk and explore the Farm during the workshop.

Number of Participants: 25 under current COVID protocols; 12 if more strict social-distancing is required. Pre-registration is first come, first serve. Participants must have their own transportation (though JDS can help with carpooling).