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"Philosophy Camp and Self Confidence", written by Amelia Kahn, in Growing Up with Philosophy Camp
Growing up with Philosophy Camp joins the substantial body of literature that contravenes centuries of thinkers in the history of philosophy who stated emphatically that children either could not or should not engage in philosophical discourse. This book differs from the rest of the literature in that it reveals the extraordinary impact of philosophy camps for pre-college age students (as young as 6 years old through high school). Often only a week in duration, philosophy camp combines the intensity of both summer camp and philosophical dialogue, creating a powerful experience for young people who, contrary to cynical views of “youth today,” desire intellectual engagement. Through the chapters by the staff who facilitate discussions, a university dean who supported the program, and reflections from campers and parents, a recurring theme emerges: philosophy camps build authentic friendship, intellectual community, and an increased awareness of self-identity. Yet the chapters display remarkable diversity by connecting the experience of philosophy camp to questions in the history of philosophy, philosophy’s relationship to artistic creation, and the therapeutic value of philosophical discourse.
"Corrupt the Youth Residential Summer Philosophy Camp: Building a Camp with a Strong Culture", written by Alex Hargroder and Briana Toole, in Philosophy Camps for Youth
Philosophy Camps for Youth joins its companion, Growing Up with Philosophy Camp, and contributes to the growing body of literature on pre-college philosophy. Providing sound advice, descriptive activities, and precise details for starting, organizing, and running a philosophy camp for pre-K-12 students, Philosophy Camps for Youth is an indispensable guide for anyone interested in hosting their own philosophy camp. The description of diverse camp models—from half day to full day, from one week to multiple weeks, from day-camp to residential—allows readers to build and foster a camp that fits their instructional needs and institutional support. The inclusion of specific camp activities and contributions by campers discussing the activities and themes that had the biggest impact on them, those interested in starting a philosophy camp get valuable guidance from those who have run successful philosophy camps.
The Ethicist's Corner: On Language, Identity, and 'Corrupting the Youth' with Dr. Briana Toole
Discussion of Corrupt the Youth Begins at 25:00
Many Minds: From where we stand
Discussion of Corrupt the Youth Begins at 2:10
The UnMute Podcast: Episode 061: Briana Toole on Identity and Knowledge
Discussion of Corrupt the Youth Begins at 30:45
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Is It Okay to Break the Law?
A short video inspired by the protests in summer 2020 following the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. In this video, we discuss whether it is permissible to break the law by, for example, pulling down Confederate monuments.
Are We Obligated to Follow Unjust Laws?
The second in a two-part, animated series inspired by the protests in summer 2020 following the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. In this video, we discuss whether we are obligated to follow unjust laws.
Police Brutality and How We See It
Our goal with this project is to develop materials that people can use as they encounter and make sense of difficult social issues—for example, police brutality—and that make use of a philosophical lens to dig deep into the core of the issue.
Corrupt the Concept Card Game
Corrupt the Concept is a fun game that destabilizes familiar concepts! Corrupt the Concept invites players to rethink concepts (and their associated ideas) that we take for granted. Does history tell the truth? Is authority beyond question? Does safety look the same for everyone?
The goal of the game is to help you see things in a new way, to challenge your existing way of thinking about the world, and to help you better understand the point-of-view of others who differ from you.
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