May 2nd 2019

Centennial Colloquium on Dewey: Then and Now

@ University of Chicago Laboratory Schools

1362 E 59th St, Chicago, IL 60637

Opening Thursday, May 2nd, from 8AM - 5PM

On view through Saturday, May 4th

A colloquium exploring the international impact of University of Chicago Laboratory Schools founder John Dewey, 100 years after his transformative trip to China. Learn more at

This May 2019 conference will bring together researchers, policymakers, and school-level educators from the United States and China to further our understanding of how education has evolved.

Attendees will leave having created a base for further collaborative work between American and Chinese educators and policymakers who share an interest in Dewey.

Through keynote speeches, panel discussions, hands-on activities, field visits, and presentations, attendees will honor, and reflect upon, John Dewey’s role in education and his relevance in China.

Expert-led sessions covering topics such as: the role of interdisciplinary thinking in education today; arts in education; current issues in Chinese educational practice; the value of civic education; and the role of democratic education.

Programs that emphasize current educational challenges in China in context of Deweyan beliefs and values on schooling and democratic education.
Activities that model “learning by doing,” including a hands-on art project— participants will work with a local artist on a project that, when completed, will be shared with the greater Laboratory Schools community.

Visits with local civic organizations. Dewey learned about China, in part, by engaging with local communities. This to honor his approach, participants will have the opportunity to conduct field visits, which may include: a community garden, arts center, or youth-based community organization.

Educational site visits at local area schools to see student learning in action.
Tours of the University of Chicago and Chicago sights.

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