Simona Capisani https://www.simonacapisani.com/
Bio: Simona Capisani is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University researching climate change-induced displacement. Affiliated with the Mahindra Humanities Center , she’s part of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation research seminar on Migration and the Humanities. Simona earned her PhD in Philosophy from the University of California, Irvine in 2018 and her MA in Philosophy from San Francisco State University in 2012.
Her areas of research and teaching specialty are in Political Philosophy and Ethics (Normative and Applied) with a focus on issues that intersect matters of climate equity, gender, environmental justice, and global and social justice.
Keynote Presentation: Philosophy and Inclusive Pedagogy
The talk will focus on two central components involved with building an inclusive classroom. Firstly, working towards inclusivity involves both integrating and amplifying experiential knowledge. A second important aspect of inclusive pedagogy is a deliberate and transparent reinforcement and focus on skill-based development and growth. We will explore why these elements are important for addressing obstacles that often contribute to the exclusion of members of marginalized groups in the context of teaching Philosophy. We will also discuss concrete examples of learner-centered practices, strategies, assignments, and classroom exercises. These can be used in the development of inclusive Philosophy curricula but can also be adapted and incorporated into curricula that wishes to integrate philosophical inquiry to develop both critical thinking and imaginative processes.