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Jerry P. Becker

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Center for Dewey Studies opens affiliate center in Brazil
Posted: Nov 18, 2013 11:46 AM
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From The Southern Illinoisan, Monday, November 18, 2013, p 3A. See
NOTE: The website for the Center for Dewey Studies at Southern
Illinois University Carbondale is
Center for Dewey Studies opens affiliate center in Brazil

By Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE - A person might walk right past the Center for Dewey
Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and never realize
that the modest building is the hub of worldwide discussions in
academia, education administration, democracy, and public policy.

This October, the center welcomed its 10th international affiliated
center. The newest affiliate, the Center for the Study of Dewey and
Pragmatism, opened in Salvador, Brazil, at the Federal University of

"There is a lot of interest in the works of John Dewey," said Larry
A. Hickman, director of the center and professor of philosophy, said.
"That's due in part to our work here at the Center for Dewey Studies,
including the work of my predecessors."

What is "a lot of interest?" It's more than 6,500 hits to the Center
for Dewey Studies website per month. It's 554 American and 242
foreign scholarly visitors to the center since 1993, including six
Fulbright Scholars.

And, of course, it's also the nine other centers, located in:
Germany, Italy, Hungary, Japan, Poland, Turkey, Spain, Argentina, and

New SIU affiliate Centers for Dewey Studies share SIU's Dewey
resources: SIU sends them the 37 volume print edition of "The
Collected Works of John Dewey," the same thing in a CD library, and
the CD version of "The Correspondence of John Dewey," as well as
subscriptions to other online resources and the annotated
bibliography, "Works about Dewey."

In return, the new center in Brazil will, like all of its sister
centers, host conferences to promote Dewey's philosophy, make
resources available to scholars, and, if possible, create
translations of Dewey's works.

Hickman takes a relationship-building approach to establishing new
centers. Nothing happens without solid groundwork. The affiliate
centers are meant to be active, and for that, they need SIU's support
in the early stages.

Buy why do universities in foreign countries care so deeply about an
American philosopher? Hickman answers the question by pointing out
that Dewey's pragmatist philosophy centered on questions of democracy
(what is it, where does it come from, and what does it look like in
foreign clothes?) and education (why should everyone receive an
education, what is an education?). The countries most interested in
establishing Centers for Dewey Studies also tend to be countries
grappling with issues pertaining to education and political identity.

Exactly how Brazil will use its SIU affiliate Dewey studies center is
still a developing idea. Hickman will remain in close contact with
the center as it launches into its first activities. Already, though,
anticipating a new center in Vietnam.

"Scholars and other guests come here, and they go home and want a
Center for Dewey Studies," he said.
Andrea Hahn writes for University Communications
Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
625 Wham Drive
Mail Code 4610
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610
Phone: (618) 453-4241 [O]
(618) 457-8903 [H]
Fax: (618) 453-4244

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