David Hansen Talk - Why Philosophy and the Humanities are so Important in Preparing the Nation's Teachers

Attend to hear our very own Professor David Hansen talk about why Philosophy is so important to teacher education, the moral and ethical dimensions of education, and on the nature of values and inquiry.  Prof. Hansen wrote a seminal book, The Call to Teach, which has been used in teacher education and educational research courses the world over. 

If you plan to attend and haven't already, please click here to read the preparatory message from Prof. Hansen.

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Key takeaways from the talk:

(1) A fresh perspective on the work and importance of teachers in our society.
(2) A renewed vision of the role of the humanities (including philosophy) in our society.
(3)  A new appreciation for why education itself remains so crucial in our time


We will conduct a moderated Q&A following the talk to answer your questions.

Talk Agenda

  • 7:00-7:10 Start. Welcoming Statements, Ground Rules, Updates, Introductions.
  • 7:10-8:00 Talk
  • 8:00-8:30 Q&A, Thanks, Closing Statements, End.
Professor David Hansen Bio


David T. Hansen is the John L. and Sue Ann Weinberg Professor in the Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, where since 2001 he has served as director of the Program in Philosophy and Education. 

Hansen has written on topics such as cosmopolitanism and education, including in his book The Teacher and the World (2011), and John Dewey’s conception of education and democracy, for example in John Dewey and Our Educational Prospect (2006).  He has also written widely on the work of teachers, including in books such as The Call to Teach (1995), Exploring the Moral Heart of Teaching (2001), and Reimagining the Call to Teach (2021). 

Hansen teaches courses in philosophy of education, courses on particular educational thinkers such as Plato, Rousseau, and Dewey, and courses that take up traditions and conceptions of education from around the world. 

He is a Past-President of the John Dewey Society and of The Philosophy of Education Society, and is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association.

July 28, 2022 at 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Zoom Video Conference


Ben Nneji, President, Columbia University Club of Fairfield County


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