Previous Symposia

21st Symposium

Philosophy for Children & Philosophical Fiction
An exciting workshop led by Dr. Natalie Fletcher who is a philosophical practitioner and interdisciplinary researcher, visiting from Montreal.
Her workshop was titled, “Philosophical Fiction,” where she introduced various tools to analyze and evaluate philosophical stimulus so as to encourage wonder, deep reflection and meaning-making amongst various age groups.

Speaker: Dr. Natalie Fletcher

Dr. William Pinar13th Symposium

“I suggest that George Grant’s critique of education is intertwined with his critique of time and technology, and that it is expressed in his teaching, in which subjective presence was paramount. Time as history, technology as the calculation and quantification of experience: these testified to what for Grant was the idolatry of modernity, our preoccupation with devices of convenience that eviscerate dialogue and obscure the revelation of Being. To idolatry I juxtapose iconography as conveying the character f the curriculum Grant affirmed.”

Speaker: Dr. William Pinar

Mahboubeh Asgari12th Symposium

In collaboration with CARBC (Centre for Addictions Research of BC), Dr. Mahboubeh Asgari has used EPI as both the content and means of professional development for high school teachers in order tohelp facilitate a non-stereotyped, open, and thoughtful discussion on drug use related topics. In this EPI symposium, she will highlight the structure and development of her work along with some examples of lesson plans and teaching/learning tools that incorporate elements of EPI.

Speaker: Dr. Mahboubeh Asgari

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Philosophy as Askesis

Philosophy as Askesis with Bruce Moghtader. Bruce will also discuss the topic embraced by his recently published book entitled, Foucault and Educational Ethics.

In the Apology, Socrates defended himself against the charges of corrupting the youth and disclosed that he had been trusted with the task of taking care of others. In Socrates’ dialogues, philosophy as an activity of truth telling was not to arrive at true propositions or statements, nor to gain political power, but to actively examine thought and condct. Foucault (2011) highlights that Socrates took care of others so they might “learn to take care of themselves.” Together we will explore: What are some of the implications of approaching philosophy as askesis (an act of care) in philosophy for children?

Speaker: Bruce Moghtader

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Engaged Philosophical Inquiry camps: A unique opportunity for BC youngsters (and counselors).

The THINK FUN team ( has been running P4C camps at the University of the Fraser Valley for the last 2 summers. These camps have proved to be wondrous for both campers and counsellors. On November 13th, 2015, the directors of THINK FUN will outline the THINK FUN theoretical framework (the touchstone from which they work); they will also present an overview of the successes and challenges experienced over the last two years, as well as several detailed accounts of how particular camp activities present unique opportunities for inquiry. Finally, they will solicit suggestions about how best to go forward. For more on Philosophy for Children in Vancouver please go here:

Speakers: Dr. Susan Gardner and Arthur Wolf

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Our guest speaker has worked as a writer and a designer for magazines and newspapers and facilitated youth-related projects for organizations such as the United Nations, Health Canada and the Royal Canadian. She has designed the Summer Creativity Camp called ‘Brila’: a philosophical and artistic day camp where kids create an online magazine, or zine, that helps them develop ethics and artistic skills.

Speaker: Natalie Fletcher

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Analysing transcriptions or recordings of dialogues and finding where things ‘went wrong’ or were ‘led astray’. The goal is for this to help in developing a toolkit for facilitators of philosophical inquiries.

Speakers: Dr. Margaret MacDonald, Tiffany Poirier and Warren Bowen


7th EPI Symposium7th Symposium

What is ‘Engaged Philosophical Inquiry’ and what is its role in education and Society?

Speakers: Dr. Alan Richardson (Head of the Philosophy Department), Dr. Susan Gardner, Dr. Steven Taubeneck and Dr. Barbara Weber


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The Think Fun Summer Camps

Speakers: Dr. Susan Gardner, Warren Bowen and Daniel Anderson



Jan24 EPI meeting5th Symposium

What is Engaged Philosophical Inquiry (EPI) and how EPI can connect with the core competencies within the new B.C Ministry of Education curriculum & assessment framework

Speakers: Dr. Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl (Full Professor in the Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education, UBC) and Claire Rushton (Adjunct Teaching Professor and Faculty Associate, Coordinator Social and Emotional Learning Cohort, Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education, UBC)

Facilitators: Dr. Barbara Weber (Associate Professor, UBC) and Tiffany Poirier (District Resource Teacher in Gifted Education at the Prince Charles Elementary School, Surrey)