I teach ethics primarily, in impersonal online courses and in residential high-intensity 24/7 contexts. I also have long-term video production projects: I have produced the regional cable show The Bat of Minerva for 18 years. I have also done work on philosophy for children and philosophy in the schools and on various experiments in participatory, democratic learning and teaching in the spirit of Myles Horton, John Dewey, and the programs of Reggio Emilia. I also review children's books from a philosophical perspective. In the past, I have been heavily engaged in public programs in the humanities and in efforts to enrich the public education environment. I preach occasionally in the Roman Catholic tradition and find that activity my purest creative outlet. I am married, with two grown children, and live in north Minneapolis. We have a poodle named 'Charlie' who is our best therapist and a good friend.
Macalester, U of MN
Areas of Expertise
shape note music, paintings, brain plasticity, George Orwell, Jesus as philosopher, the art of the interview, Margaret Wise Brown, the trajectory of the academic life, the possibilities and limitations of small colleges and large universities, small-scale food enterprises (farming, restaurants) in rural towns, television series, Tolstoy, friendship, and aging.
PHI-102 (Racism and Sexism)
|Synonym||Title||Times Taught||Terms Taught|
|PHI-101||Philosophy for Children||5||2012/JN, 2011/JN, 2010/JN, 2009/JN, and 2008/JN|
|PHI-105||School and Society||4||2012/SP, 2008/SP, and 2007/FA|
|PHI-108||Great Philosophers||3||2013/FA, 2008/SP, and 2007/FA|
|PHI-201||Ancient Philosophy||2||2013/FA and 2007/FA|
|PHI-102||Racism and Sexism||2||2006/FA|
|PHI-103||Mind and Matter||1||2012/SP|