Philosopher Wins Grant To Increase Pre-College Exposure to Philosophy


The Whiting Foundation, a grant-making organization promoting the humanities in American culture, has awarded one of its Public Engagement Fellowships to Cristina Cammarano, assistant professor of philosophy at Salisbury University.

The Fellowships, which come with a $50,000 award, are “designed to celebrate and empower humanities faculty who embrace public engagement as part of the scholarly vocation”

Professor Cammarano’s project involves developing and expanding an ongoing program of hers to bring philosophy into kindergarten through high school (K-12) education in rural schools in Maryland. According to a description of her work at the Whiting Foundation site,

Over the past four years, the program has grown in response to requests from students, teachers, and parents throughout the district. Cammarano will use the Fellowship to launch a new phase of the program, including a summer camp for high schoolers, Philosophy Saturdays for children and families, and a summer institute to help teachers lead philosophy sessions in their own classrooms. Her ultimate goal for the Fellowship is to foster a culture of philosophy in her local community and encourage a cohort of K-12 teachers to become ambassadors in their home schools.

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