Schedule

The conference will begin Thursday, May 2, 8 a.m. and conclude Saturday, May 4, 5 p.m. The price of the conference covers all meal events in that time period including Thursday's opening reception, continental breakfast, and lunch on Friday and Saturday.

You also have the option to purchase a ticket for the Spirit of Chicago Dinner cruise (not included in the price of the conference). See details here.



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Thursday, May 2

8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Registration
Gordon Parks Arts Hall, John Rogers Lobby

8–9 a.m.
Breakfast
Judd Hall, C116

8 a.m.–3 p.m.
John Dewey: Art as Experience
Social Sculpture Workshops

Gordon Parks Arts Hall

Colloquium participants will work with artist Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford on a social sculpture and ephemeral monument to John Dewey. Workshops include plaster casting, press molding, and creating written responses to contribute to a 10-foot-high shelf system inspired by Dewey’s writings and pedagogy.

8 a.m.–8 p.m.
Dewey's Lectures in China, 1919–1921

Drawings by Fushun Li
Harper Memorial Library, Stuart Reading Room

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of John Dewey's historic trip.

9–11 a.m.
Pre-opening school visits
Gordon Parks Arts Hall, John Rogers Lobby

Includes options for visiting the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools’ Earl Shapiro Hall (N-Grade 2) and Historic Campus (Grades 3-12)

10 a.m.–7 p.m.
Dewey Documents from the University Archives

Special Collections Research Center, Joseph Regenstein Library, Room 130, 1100 E. 57th St.

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Lunch

Judd Hall, C116

3–4:30 p.m.
Opening program
Gordon Parks Assembly Hall

Speakers
Charles Abelmann, Director
The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools

Jian Zhao, Consul General 
Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Chicago

Robert J. Zimmer, President
The University of Chicago

Keynote Address
Building the Skills that Matter

James J. Heckman, Nobel laureate and the Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor in Economics and the College
The University of Chicago

4:30–6:30 p.m.
Opening reception
Gordon Parks Arts Hall, John Rogers Lobby

4:30–6 p.m.
John Dewey: Art as Experience
Social Sculpture Workshops

Gordon Parks Arts Hall

Friday, May 3

7:30 a.m.–5 p.m. 
Registration

Ida Noyes Hall, lobby

7:30–8:30 a.m. 
Breakfast

Ida Noyes Hall, library and lounge

8:30–10:15 a.m. 
Panel discussion 1, Current challenges in Chinese education

Ida Noyes Hall, Cloister Club
Chinese translation provided

Moderated by 
Jun Teng, Deputy Director, Associate Professor of Institute of International and Comparative Education (IICE), Faculty of Education
Beijing Normal University

Panelists
Yanhong Zhang, Chief Data Analysis & Innovation
UNICEF

Dali Yang, Professor, Department of Political Science
University of Chicago

Kai-Ming Cheng, Emeritus Professor, Policy, Administration, and Social Sciences Education
Hong Kong University

10:30–11:15 a.m. 
Keynote Address 
John Dewey's Conception of Democracy and Its Influence in the Chinese School System

Chinese translation provided

Shi Zhongying, Director, Mingyuan Institute of Education 
Professor of Institute of Education
Tsinghua University

11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Lunch
Ida Noyes Hall, library and lounge

12:30–1 p.m.
Artist Talk
Dewey's Lectures in China, 1919–1921
Drawings by Fushun Li
Ida Noyes Hall, Cloister Club

1:15–2:45 p.m.
Panel discussion 2A, Dewey Then and Now/China and the US

Ida Noyes Hall, Cloister Club and lounge
Chinese translation provided

Moderated by Johanna Ransmeier, Associate Professor of History
University of Chicago

Panelists
Walter Feinberg, Professor of Philosophy and Education
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Yong Zhao, Foundation Distinguished Professor
School of Education at the University of Kansas

Janet Chen, Associate Professor, History and East Asian Studies Departments
Princeton University

Panel discussion 2B, The Relevance of Dewey to School Leaders Today
Ida Noyes Hall, third floor theater

Moderated by Catharine Bell, Teacher
University of Chicago Laboratory Schools 

Panelists
Douglas Simpson, Helen DeVitt Chair in Teacher Education
Texas Christian University

Kathleen Knight-Abowitz, Chair of Philosophy of Education and Social Foundations of Education
Miami University–Ohio

Sun Ning, Professor, Shanghai Medical College
Fudan University (on behalf of Yujan Chen, Director of the Dewey Center and Professor of Philosophy, Fudan University)

3:00–4:30 p.m
Panel discussion 3A, Progressive Approaches to Art and Education
Ida Noyes Hall, second floor east lounge

Panelists
Kazuyo Nakamura, Professor of Art Education & Curriculum Studies Chair, Curriculum and Instruction Development Department
Hiroshima, University

Allison Beaulieu, Art Teacher and Co-Chair of the Art Department
The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools

Gina Alicea, Art Teacher
The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools

Panel discussion 3B, Retracing Dewey’s Steps: Student Perspective
Ida Noyes, Cloister Club
Chinese translation provided

Moderated by Larry Hickman, Emeritus Professor
Director of the Center for Dewey Studies, 1993–2015
Southern Illinois University

Panelists
Students from The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, University of Chicago Charter Schools, and RDFZ.

Panel discussion 3C, The Meaning and Relevance of Dewey Today: Perspectives of Chinese School 
Ida Noyes Hall, third floor theater

Panelists
Yi Shu
Mingyuan Institute of Education Laboratory Primary School
 
Wensheng Zhou
Beijing Jianhua Experimental School
 
Yang Wu
Jiangbeizui Experimental School
 
Ruoshi Li
Beijing No.35 High School
 
Discussants
Jiansheng Ma
Vice President, Mingyuan Institute of Education
Professor and Doctoral Supervisor of Education Research Institute of International and Comparative Studies, Beijing Normal University
 
Huarong Liu
Editor and journalist, China Education Daily

4:30–5:30 p.m. 
John Dewey Art as Experience
Social Sculpture Workshop

Gordon Parks Arts Hall, John Rogers Lobby

Informal mix and mingle
Judd Hall, Room C116

5:30–7 p.m.
Documentary Film
Learning by Dewey in China

Gordon Parks Assembly Hall

Student performance followed by screening of documentary film made by high school students from the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, University of Chicago Charter Schools, and RDFZ.

Saturday, May 4

8 a.m.–8 p.m.
Dewey's Lectures in China, 1919–1921

Drawings by Fushun Li

8:30–9:30 a.m.
Breakfast
Judd Hall, Room C116

8:30–9:30 a.m.
Registration for Community Immersion activities
Gordon Parks Hall, John Rogers Lobby

9:30–10 a.m.
Morning Meditation
Gordon Parks Assembly Hall

Theravada Buddhist monk and meditation master Venerable Mahinda, Executive Director of the Yunnan Buddhist Association, will lead attendees in a morning meditation session.

10:15–11:45 a.m.
Panel discussion 4A, Meeting the Needs of Rural Students
Gordon Parks Assembly Hall
Chinese translation provided

Moderated by Charles Abelmann, Director
University of Chicago Laboratory Schools

Panelists
Shannon May, Co-Founder, Chief Strategy & Development Officer
Bridge International Academies

Diane Geng, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs
New York University - Shanghai

Xiaoyan Liang, Lead Education Specialist
World Bank

Panel discussion 4B, Perspectives of Dewey in Action: Laboratory Schools Faculty
Blaine Theatre, S201

Panelists
Laboratory Schools faculty

Noon–1 p.m.
Lunch & Closing Remarks
Judd Hall, Room C116

Speaker
Charles Abelmann, Director
University of Chicago Laboratory Schools

1:15–1:30 p.m.
Community Immersion Activities Departures
Laboratory Schools, Kimbark Avenue parking lot

1:45–3:45 p.m. 
Community Immersion Activities
Various locations

John Dewey: Art as Experience
Project Completion

Gordon Parks Arts Hall, John Rogers Lobby

6:30–10:30 p.m.
Mystic Blue Dinner Cruise (Advanced registration required)
Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago IL 60611

  • Shuttle departure from the Sophy Hotel at 6 p.m.
  • The cruise leaves the dock promptly at 7 p.m. from Navy Pier.