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Amy Shuffelton, PES Executive Director: ashuffe@luc.edu

Just Comunity Committee

Ron Glass, UC Santa Cruz (rglass@ucsc.edu)

Doris Santoro, Bowdoin College (dsantoro@bowdoin.edu)

Troy Richardson, Cornell University (tar37@cornell.edu)

The Philosophy of Education Society is an international forum that promotes the philosophic treatment of educational practice, policy and research, advances the quality of teaching the philosophy of education, and cultivates fruitful relationships between and among philosophers, philosophers of education and educators.

76th Annual Meeting of the 

Philosophy of Education Society 

Theme: Philosophy of Education as a Bridge


Registration for PES 2020 Pittsburgh is now open. Early bird rates are available through February 7, 2020, so don't delay! This link will take you to the secure WildApricot site (our new membership software), where you can pay by credit card. If you haven't renewed your membership, this is a good time as special rates are available to members. You can renew here.

Take a look at the draft program!

We have a few different types of sessions this year:

Cross-Generational Round-table Discussions (WIP)

These sessions allow authors to present full papers and then engage in a discussion of the paper, with others at the table, in order to improve the paper. All are invited to attend the round table sessions.

Works-in-Progress with Past PES Presidents

This session will begin with two past PES presidents sharing their thoughts on what makes a good paper. There will be a chance for Q&A with this group. After that, authors will break into individual groups to work with a mentor on their paper. All are invited to attend this session.

Conversations in the Field Sessions

Conversations in the Field sessions allow authors to present full longer-length papers (6000-8000 words) and then have a discussant facilitate a discussion around the paper. All are invited to attend. It is presumed that audience members will have read the paper beforehand. 

Hospitality Information for PES 2020 Pittsburgh

The Conference Management Committee looks forward to welcoming you to Pittsburgh and has prepared the following information for your time in the Steel City.  Additional hospitality information, including a restaurant guide, will be available at the conference.  President Cris Mayo has picked an outstanding venue for the meeting.  The Omni William Penn is a historic, spacious hotel known for its excellent service, restaurants, and comfy hotel bar.  It’s located in Pittsburgh’s compact, accessible downtown area, on the edge of the Cultural District and Market Square. 


Hotel Reservations:

Our group rate is available until February 12, so we encourage you to book now at the Omni William Penn (OWP) at this secure linkwww.omnihotels.com/hotels/pittsburgh-william-penn/meetings/pes-2020-annual-meeting-03042020.  Our group rate is $149 per night (deluxe) and $179 (premium).  These rates are not guaranteed after February 12.  Booking at the OWP and at this site enables us to reach the occupancy minimums in our contract and to avoid excessive additional charges.  This rate is guaranteed the lowest available for this hotel.  If you see it advertised for less elsewhere (or if you booked a room outside the block), please email Mike Gunzenhauser at mgunzen@pitt.edu


Airport Transportation: 

Pittsburgh International Airport is about 18 miles from downtown Pittsburgh.  It takes about 20 minutes to get downtown when there’s no traffic, but allow additional time to arrive downtown, especially during morning and evening commuting times.  The Omni William Penn does not operate an airport shuttle, and SuperShuttle recently ceased operations in Pittsburgh, but there are many other options at various price points.  See flypittsburgh.com/parking-transport

Public transportation: The 28X/Airport Flyer, operated by Allegheny Transit Authority, runs every 30 minutes and picks up outside Door 6 on the baggage claim level.  The standard fare is $2.75, payable when you board.  All buses are wheelchair accessible.  Schedule is here: portauthority.org/pdfs/28X.pdf.  There are two stops downtown near the Omni William Penn: Liberty Ave. at Wood St. (recommended at all hours) or 7th Ave. at William Penn Place. 

Taxi Service: approximately $40. 

Private Car Service: approximately $85 + 20% Gratuity.  See list of approved providers on FlyPittsburgh.com

Ridesharing: Pittsburgh Airport has arrangements with Uber, Lyft, and ZTrip (412-777-7777), which pick up outside Door 4.

ACCESS ADA Paratransit Service: See information about eligibility, fares, and arrangements for paratransit service, requested two weeks in advance:  flypittsburgh.com/parking-transport/access-ada-paratransit-service



If you are driving to Pittsburgh, an essential resource is ParkPgh.org, which also has a mobile app. 

Valet parking at the Omni William Penn: $38 per night, includes in/out privileges.

Self parking at Mellon Square (across the street from the OWP): $20 per night, no in/out privileges.

Self parking at Grant Street Center (6-minute walk): $13 per night, no in/out privileges.


Cultural Events

The OWP is at the edge of the Pittsburgh Cultural District.  A list of events at theaters, most a short walking distance, can be found at trustarts.org, including local theater and music, two performances by the Pittsburgh Symphony, a touring production of American Son, a Chieftans concert, and a talk by Tarana Burke. 


Galleries and Museums

There are four ongoing shows at small galleries downtown: Space Gallery, Wood Street Galleries707 Gallery, and 937 Liberty

August Wilson African American Cultural Center: free exhibits daily, events (two blocks from OWP). 

Carnegie Museums, including the Andy Warhol Museum (walkable), Carnegie Science Center (accessible by the T), and Art and Natural History Museums (in Oakland, 4 miles by bus).

Heinz History Center: history and sports museum (walkable)

Mattress Factory: modern gallery (Northside, longer walk)


Other Attractions

City of Asylum: book store, gallery, events (Northside, longer walk)

Mount Washington: unbeatable views (walkable, accessible via Monongahela Incline)

National Aviary: “best bird zoo in the U.S.” (Northside, longer walk)

Pittsburgh Penguins: play Saturday and Sunday at PPG Paints Arena (Uptown, walkable)

Point State Park and Fort Pitt Museum: views, small museum (at the Point, walkable)

Rivers Casino: casino, entertainment (Northside, accessible by the T) 

Station Square: food, shopping, views (walkable)

The Strip District: markets, food, museums (longer walk)


See also visitpittsburgh.com


Feel free to direct any questions about conference management to committee members Mike Gunzenhauser mgunzen@pitt.edu, Natasha Levinson (nlevinso@kent.edu), or Samantha Deane (sdeane@luc.edu).