Talks and Presentations

“Civility and Schools”, University of Montreal, May 21st, 2015

“Why do we educate and how should we do it?” Annual James P Curtis Lecture, School of Education, University of Alabama, April 7th, 2015

“Justice and Elite Higher Education”, University of Alabama School of Education, April 7th, 2015

“Is Equality for Inegalitarians Egalitarian enough for Egalitarians?” Author meets Critics session on George Sher, Equality for Inegalitarians, Pacific APA, Vancouver, April 2nd, 2015

“What does it cost to raise a child well?”, Mazatlan Forum, Mazatlan, Mexico, March 13th, 2015

“Faith schools, competent citizenship, and the State”, University of Montreal, Feb 2015

“Why all schools are public schools” Keynote address at Philosophy of Education Society of India conference held in Bangalore, Jan 20th 2015

 “Public and Private Education in a Democracy”, Azim Premji University, Bangalore, Jan 18th 2015

“Public and Private Education in a Democracy”, India International Center, Jan 16th 2015

“Response to Critics” (critics being Samantha Brennan, George Sher, and Victoria Costa), at session on Family Values at APA (Eastern) December 28th, 2014 

“What’s So Great about the Family Anyway?” Dept of Philosophy, Illinois State University, November 20th, 2014

“Improving Admissions”, Rotarian Club of Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac, November 17th, 2015

“Why do we educate?”, Point in Common, Stevens Point, Oct 13th,, 2014

“Justice and Elite Higher Education”, Williams College, October 8th 2014

 “The Aims of Education”, Dept of Psychology, Williams College, October 8th, 2014

“Educational Goods” at AERA Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, April 7th 2014

 “Charter Schools: What do we need to know?”, Invited Annual Lecture at Philosophy SIG meeting at AERA Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, April 5th 2014

 The Gilbert Ryle Lectures at Trent University in Canada: Justice and Educational Policy.

3. How Should We Evaluate Educational Policy?, March 21st  2014

2. How Should Educational Goods be Distributed?, March 20th 2014

1. Which Educational Goods Matter?, March 19th 2014

“Education, Justice, Ideal Theory and Non-Ideal Theory”, Response to Presidential Address at Philosophy of Education Society Conference, Albuquerque, March 14-17 2014

“The Meaning of Merit” Keynote at conference on Defining Merit: The Nexus of Mission, Excellence and Diversity, USC Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice, Jan 15-17, 2014 

“When is a school a public school?” Conference on Charter Schools sponsored by Spencer Foundation, January 7-11 2014

“Principles of Educational Justice” Liberty Fund Conference on Education, Park City, Utah, August 9, 2013 

“Educational Goods”, Conference on Educating the Virtues, Ancient and Modern, Northwestern University, June 8, 2013

“The Value of Parenting”, Dept of Philosophy, Kansas State University, April 12, 2013 

“Charter Schools and Principles of Justice”, Dept of Philosophy, Kansas State University, April 11, 2013

“Educating for Eudaimonia”, Institute of Professional Education Development, UW Parkside, April 5, 2013 

“The Legacy and Promise of Public Higher Education”, Dept of Educational Policy Studies conference, UW Madison, March 23rd, 2013

“Philosophy of Education and Empirical Evidence”, Philosophy of Education Society, Portland, OR, March 15th, 2013

“Educational Goods and their Distribution, APA Central 2013, New Orleans, Feb 23rd, 2013

“Family Values and School Policy”, Dept of Philosophy, University of Florida, Gainesville, Nov 16th 2012

How to Rehumanize the University Here and Now”, Public Lecture at Center for the Humanities, University of Florida, Gainesville, Nov 15th 2012.

Education and Opportunity, Center for Ethics and Public Life”, Cornell University, October 28th, 2012 

Social Justice and Flagship Public Universities”, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Oct 17th 2012

“Equity and Higher Education”, American Institutes of Research and George Washington University School of Public Policy, Sept 24th 2012 

“Rethinking Pell Grants Realistically”, Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Pell Grant Program, at Council of Educational Opportunity conference, at Marriot Marquis, NYC, Sept 7th 2012

“Not Really A Real Utopia for Education”, Presidential invited session at the American Sociological Association annual meetings, Denver, August 18th 2012 

“Family Values and School Policy” at conference on Education, Justice and the Human Good, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, July 13th 2012

“Theories of Justice in Education”, at conference on Education, Justice and the Human Good, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, July 12th 2012 

“Admissions, Financial Aid, and Fairness” invited presentation to Board of Trustees at Lehigh University, May 18th 2012

“Concluding Comments” at Institute for Educational Sciences sponsored conference on Educational Inequality at Stanford University, May 17th  2012 

“Achievement Gaps: What they are and what we should do about them”, Brown Bag in Educational Policy Studies, May 7th 2012

“Justice, Privilege and Elite Higher Education”, UW System Philosophy Depts, April 28th 2012

“Is Concerted Cultivation  Good Parenting?” Invited Symposium of Philosophers on Parenting, Pacific APA, Seattle, April 6th  2012 

Unequal Access and State Flagship Universities” at conference on Public Higher Education in the 21st Century, Educational Policy Studies, UW Madison, March 29th  2012

"Family Values and School Policy", Political Theory Workshop, Washington University, St Louis, Feb 10th 2012 

“Cultivating the 21st Century Mind” Opening Keynote at conference on 21st Century Skills and Knowledge: The New High School Curriculum and the Future of Assessment, organised by University of Southern California Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice at Downtown Sheraton, Los Angeles January 11th 2012

“Justice and Admissions”: summary comment at Conference on Admissions in Catholic Universities at Depaul University, Oct 21st, 2011 

How should we judge school reforms?: the place of values in evaluation”, Merritt lecture at  Northern Illinois University, Oct 20th 2011

Panelist with Morton O Shapiro, Lorrie and Derek C Bok, Opening session to conference on  Justice, Aims and Higher Education at Northwestern University, October 8-10th, 2011

“Religious Schools, Sexism, and the State”, keynote speech at North American Society for Social Philosophy Annual Conference at Marquette University, July 21st, 2011

“Privilege, Justice, and College Access” at The Evidence Base for Fair Admissions Conference, Manchester, UK, July 7th, 2011

“Political Philosophy in the Classroom”, PLATO symposium, at Teachers College, Columbia University, June 26th, 2011

“Teaching Controversial Issues”, School of Education and WCER, UW Madison, May 4th  2011

“Justice in Education” Invited Symposium paper at APA Pacific Division, San Diego, April 23rd, 2011

“Privilege, Justice, and Higher Education”, Center for Ethics, San Diego State University, April 19th, 2011

“Educational Disadvantage and Race: Comments on Darby” Symposium on Race and Education, APA Central 2011, Minneapolis, April 2nd, 2011

“Privilege, Justice, and Higher Education”, Dept of Philosophy, University of Illinois, Chicago, Feb 21st, 2011

“Reforming College Admissions: Space for Moral Action”, keynote speech at conference on The Case for Change in College Admissions, University of Southern California Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice, January 27th 2011

“Privilege, Justice and Higher Education”. Dept of Philosophy, UW Milwaukee, December 3rd 2010

“Rule and Aims”, Conference on Building Capabilities, University of Chicago School of Law, April 22nd, 2010

“Injustice, Spontaneity, and Parenting”, Conference on  Moral Imagination, Dept of Philosophy, UCLA, April 16th 2010

“Justice in Higher Education is Your Problem” Midwest Symposium in Philosophy, a university-wide public lecture at University of Minnesota at Morris, March 26th, 2010

“What Does Justice in Higher Education Demand?”, Dept of Philosophy, Macalester College, March 25th, 2010

“Why Does Educational Equality Matter?”, Dept of Philosophy, University of Kansas, Lawrence, March 23rd 2010

“Reimagining Education”, Kneller Lecture at the Comparative and International Education Society Annual Conference, Chicago, March 3rd, 2010

“Justice In Higher Education”, Symposium paper at Central APA meetings, Feb 22nd, 2010

“The college admissions process: a taxonomy of values”, at Educational Conservancy meeting on Imagining an Ideal College Admissions System, Steinhart School at NYU, January 15th, 2010

Commentary on Tommie Shelby and John Exdell, Race, Work, and Justice Symposium, Eastern APA meetings, December 29th 2009

“Justice in Higher Education: An Odd View”, Society of Applied Philosophy meeting at the Eastern APA meetings, December 29th 2009

“Faith Schools in Liberal Democracies” at Consultation on Faith Schools, St.George’s House, Windsor Castle, Windsor, UK, November 13-14th, 2009

“Understanding the Context of Reform and Research Proposals,” Conference on Social Inequality and Educational Disadvantage, Brookings Institution, DC, November 20, 2009,

“In defence of (attempting to achieve) strong gender egalitarianism”, Conference on Justice and the Family, Rotterdam, June 27th 2009

“Family values and family policy”, Conference on Justice and the Family, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, June 26th 2009

“Ethical leadership in hard times”, Ford Policy Forum at meeting of Forum for the Future of Higher Education, Aspen Institute, June 17th 2009

“Comments on draft of University of Michigan School of Education ethical code for prospective teachers”, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, May 8th, 2009

“Equality, Equity, and Social Justice”, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, School of Education, December 9th 2008

Participant in Panel Discussion on Grading Practices, UW Madison School of Medicine, Dec 3rd, 2008

“Philosophy in Educational Policy and Practice”, Address to Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellows Annual Dinner, October 24th 2008

“Putting Educational Equality in its Place”, Roehampton University July 5th 2008

“NCLB:  Democratic Values and Inequities in Its Conception of Equality” UW Madison School of Education, April 10th 2008.

“Legitimate Parental Partiality” at the Department of Philosophy, University of South Carolina, April 4th 2008

“Values, Ethos, Commercialism” at the School of Education, University of South Carolina, April 4th 2008

“Why Governments Should Sometimes Fund Religious Schools” at Faith In Schools Conference organised by the Educational Policy Studies Department, UW Madison, February 8th 2008.

“Putting Educational Equality in its Place”, University of Toronto, Centre for Ethics, January 15th 2008.

“Legitimate Parental Partiality”, Stanford Political Theory Workshop, Stanford University, Sept 28th, 2007.

“Globalisation of Higher Education and a Professional Ethic for Academics”, Keynote speech to the Learning Together conference, Institute of Education, London, July 22-24th, 2007.

“How Should Egalitarians Support Families?”, Conference on Children, Family and the State at the University of Montreal April 20-22nd, 2007.

“Educational Equality and the Varieties of School Choice”, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, April 27th 2007

“Putting Educational Equality in its (Variably) Important Place”, Department of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania, April 26th 2007

“Values in Evaluation: Why Empirical Evidence is Never Enough”, Conference on Education and Educational Research in an Era of Accountability: Insights and Blind Spots, Department of Educational Policy Studies, UW Madison, Feb. 7-8th 2007

“How Can Values Inform Education Policy?”, The Annual Scandling Lecture at The Warner School of Education, University of Rochester, December 8th 2006

“Legitimate Parental Partiality and the Value of the Family”, Department of Philosophy, University of Rochester, December 7th 2006

“Defending Radical Gender Egalitarianism”, Real Utopias Conference on Rethinking Family Policy at the Havens Center at U.W. Madison, November 3-4, 2006

“Educational Equality and Educational Adequacy”, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management conference, Nov 2nd 2006

“Purposes, Values, and School Reform”, The Annual Frank L Bixby Lecture at the Spencer Foundation, Chicago, October 25th 2006.

“Family Values and Public Policy” at Association for Legal, Social and Political Thought Conference, at  University College, Dublin, June 30th 2006

“Varieties of School Choice”, Conference on School Choice, University of Illinois, March 31st 2006

“Parents and Partiality”, Conference on Education and Equality, Department of Philosophy, MIT, March 25th 2006

“Response to Callan on Cosmopolitanism and Patriotism”, Conference on Cosmopolitanism, Department of Philosophy, Florida State University, March 3rd 2006

“Educational Equality, Parental Rights, and Benefiting the Least Advantaged”, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University, Dec 5th 2005

“Equality, Priority and Positional Goods”, Moral Sciences Club, University of Cambridge, Nov 9th 2005

“Some responses to some objections to luck egalitarianism”, Centre for the Study of Social Justice, Oxford University, November 8, 2005.

“Are Children’s Rights Human Rights” Keynote address to Human Rights Education Conference: Theoretical and Practical Considerations for the 21st Century, Roehampton University (UK), June 18th 2005

 “Education and Social Justice” University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, May 9th, 2005.

“Parental Partiality: Legitimate and Excessive” University Center for Human Values, Princeton University . March 31st, 2005

“Levelling the Playing Field” Philosophy of Education Society Annual Conference, San Francisco, March 19th 2005

“Equality, Priority, and Positional Goods”, Queens University (Kingston, Canada) Feb 10th 2005

“Should Schools Market to Children?”, Queens University (Kingston, Canada) Feb 9th 2005

“Commercialism and Schools: The Case of Channel One” American Education Week, School of Education, UW Madison, November 5th 2004

“Primary Goods and Capabilities” APSA, Chicago, Sept 3rd 2004

“Against Partiality to Compatriots” APSA Chicago, Sept 2nd 2004

“Vouchers, Choice, and Equity”, Vouchers and Smart Cards Conference organised by the Social Market Foundation, April 5th 2004, London

“Funding Religious Schools”, Philosophy of Education Society Annual Conference, Toronto Canada, March 29th 2004

“Parents and Children”, The Mark Bunting Memorial Lecture, Department of Philosophy, Queens University, Canada, March 25th 2004

"Why might Socio-Economic Segregation Matter?" at conference on educational segregation organised by Reseau pour l’Analyse des Politiques Publiques en Education (RAPPE), at Sciences Po, Paris, France, December 12-13th 2003.

"Does grade inflation matter?" at Conference on Academic Standards and Grade Inflation sponsored by the Wisconsin Association of Scholars, October 11th 2003.

"Technology and the Levelling Down Objection” at the Conference on Education and the New Technology, held jointly between the UW Madison School of Education, University of Melbourne School of Education, and the London Institute of Education, at UW Madison, October 3-5th 2003.

Invited participant at the workshop on Children and Liberalism at Stanford University, Sept 20/21st, 2003.

‘Distribution of What? How will we know if we have achieved Education for All by 2005?’ delivered by co-author Elaine Unterhalter at Third Annual Conference on the Capabilities Approach, Pavia, Italy, September 8-10th 2003.

"How schools might overcome disadvantage"; response to David Miliband (UK Minister for Schools) at Conference on Social Mobility, sponsored by the Institute for Public Policy Research, Newcastle, UK, Sept 6-7 2003

‘Liberal Theory and Education Policy’, American Education Research Association, Chicago, April 21-25th, 2002

"Democracy, Religion, and Schools" at conference on "Deliberative Democracy: Theory and Practice", funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, in association with the Centre de recherche en ééthique de l'Universitéé de Montrééal, Montreal, April 10-14 2003

"Real Utopias in Education", A Centenary Event at the Institute of Education, London, March 21st 2003

"Have Children a Right to be Heard?", Conference on Youth, Voice and Power sponsored by the Rogers Program in Law, Philosophy and Social Inquiry at the  University of Arizona, Tuscon, School of Law. October 12-14th 2002.

 (With Elaine Unterhalter, who actually delivered the paper) ‘Primary Goods, Capabilities, and the millennium development target for gender equity in education’ at conference on Promoting Women’s Capabilities: Examining Nussbaum’s Capabilities Approach at the Von Hugel Instute, St Edmunds College, University of Cambridge, September 9-10th 2002.

"Faith Based Schools in the UK: an unenthusiastic defence of a slightly reformed status quo", Faith Schools: Consensus or Conflict Conference, Institute of Education, June 27th 2002.

Debate on "Visions of Secondary Education" (with Professor David Hopkins, Head of Standards and Effectiveness Unit of the Department for Education and Skills; James Tooley, Institute of Economic Affairs; Emma Westcott, General Teaching Council of England) at the  Institute of Education, May 29th 2002.

 "Capabilities and Primary Goods as Approaches to Development", Philosophy Research Seminar, Institute of Education, May 22nd 2002.

 "The Significance of Positionality for Justice", Nuffield Political Theory Workshop, Nuffield College Oxford, May 20th 2002.

 "Liberalism, Families, and Personal Autonomy", Keynote address at Graduate Conference on Political Theory, University of Warwick, May 4th 2002.

 "A Level Playing Field", Independent Schools Conference, Brighton College, Brighton, May 1st, 2002.

 "On the fair allocation of power in economic institutions", workshop on Power and Economic Institutions, Department of Economics, University of the Louvain, Belgium, April 19th 2002.

"The Ethics of Private Schooling", Conference on Private Schools: the Best Chance for the Poor, Institute of Economic Affairs/EG West Institute, London, March 16, 2002.

"Children, Parents and Rights", Department of Education, University of Glasgow, March 9th 2002.

"Educational Equality and the American Dream", Conference on Urban Education: How High Dare we Aspire for Poor Children? , Rutgers University-Newark campus, March 1st, 2002.

"Social Justice in Education: three perspectives", School of Educational Foundations and Policy Studies, Institute of Education, London, Feb 19th 2002.

"Meritocracy, Educational Equality and Justice", Seminar on Social Mobility and Meritocracy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Current Issues, Nuffield College, University of Oxford, Feb 16, 2002.

"A Defence of a Cosmopolitan Version of Liberalism", Dept. of Philosophy, University of Bristol, Jan 23, 2002.

"Rethinking the Liberal Approach to Education", Conference on Citizenship Education, Political Theory, and Their Reflection in Language, Sponsored by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports of Slovenia, in Bled, Slovenia, November 16-17, 2001.

"Citizenship Education in the UK: a Liberal Critique", St Edmunds College, University of Cambridge, November 6, 2001.

"School Choice versus School Privatisations", Social Market Foundation, October 30, 2001.

"Egalitarian Liberalism and Justice in Education", Professorial Lecture, Institute of Education, October 24, 2001. >Rethinking Liberal Education=, Conference on Teaching Boundaries: Philosophy in/of Teaching in a New Millenium, Pennsylvania State University, October 19-20, 2001.

"Why Does Democracy Matter?", Morrell Conference on Contractualism, Department of Politics, University of York, September 12-14 2001.

"For Choice and Against Privatisation in Education in the UK", Keynote speech at DSSC Conference, Institute of Education, University of London, June 29th, 2001.

"Liberal Values and Socialist Strategy" contribution to a symposium on Alex Callinicos's Equality, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, May 25th, 2001.

"A Defence of Cosmopolitan Liberalism", Oxford University Political Philosophy Seminar, April 25th, 2001.

"Privatisation in Education: the Debate Continues", Annual Conference of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain, New College, University of Oxford, April 6-8th 2001.

"Can Liberalism Accommodate Parental Rights?", Annual Conference of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain, New College, University of Oxford, April 6-8th 2001.

"Social Justice and School Choice", Institute of Education, January 22nd 2001.

"School Choice and Social Justice", School of Public Affairs, Baruch College of the City University of New York, New York, December 1st, 2000.

"What is Educational Equality and Why Does it Matter?", Department of Politics, University College, Dublin, Nov, 17th, 2000.

"Educational Equality and the New Selective Schooling in England and Wales", Centre for Equality Studies, University College, Dublin, Nov. 16th 2000.

"What's So Great about Toleration?" Institute of Education, October 18th, 2000.

"Should We Teach Patriotic History" at Conference on Cosmopolitan Values and Collective Identities, Montreal, Canada, June 21-25 2000.

"Autonomy-Facilitating Education and School Choice", Keynote at the  Annual Conference of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain, New College, University of Oxford, April 14-16th 2000.

"Response to Randall Curren, Walter Feinberg, and Eamonn Callan", Philosophy of Education Society Annual Conference, Toronto  (Author-Meets-Critics session on my book, School Choice and Social Justice), April 1st, 2000.

"Educational Equality and the New Selective Schooling", Institute of Education, University of London: with responses by Professor James Tooley (IEA), Francis Becket (New Statesman) and Professor Anthony O= Hear (Royal Institute of Philosophy), Feb 22nd, 2000.

"Can Liberalism Accommodate Any ParentsRights?", Faculty of Education, University of Birmingham, Feb 19th, 2000.

"Response to Loren Lomasky, Steven Macedo, and William Galston", Association of Philosophy of Education, American Philosophical Association Meetings, Boston (Author-Meets-Critics session on my book, School Choice and Social Justice), December 28th 1999.

"Liberalism and The Family", Philosophy Department, Bowling Green State University, Nov. 19th 1999.

"Defending Educational Equality", Seminar in Economics and Social Justice, University of Paris IX June 3, 1999.

"Why Does Democracy Matter?", University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, April 30, 1999.

"Democracy and Equality" at Morris Colloquium on Social Philosophy: Equality in an Unequal World, University of Colorado at Boulder, April 24, 1999.

"Political Equality Allows for Political Quality", International Society for Economics and Philosophy, at the American Philosophical Association (Pacific Division), Berkeley, March 31, 1999.

"Equality and Respectat the Basic Equality Conference, Columbia University Law School, September 19-20 1998.

"What's Not Wrong with School Choice?" at the Program for Ethics and Public Life, Cornell University, April 24 1998.

"Legitimacy and Civic Education" at the Program for Ethics and Public Life, Cornell University, April 24 1998.

"In Defence of Political Equality" at the American Philosophical Association (Eastern Division), December 30 1997.

"Legitimacy and Justice", at Conference on Egalitarianism and Responsibility, sponsored by THEMA at the University of Cergy-Pontoise, Paris, France, June 20-21, 1997.

"Is Democracy Intrinsically Valuable?", at the American Philosophical Association (Central Division), April 26, 1996.

"Equality, Autonomy, and School Choice", at the Equality and Efficiency Conference sponsored by the Havens Center at U.W.-Madison, November 3-5, 1995.

"Transitional and Utopian Market Socialism", at the Rethinking Socialism Conference sponsored by the Havens Center at U.W.-Madison, May 13-15, 1994.

Commentary on William Tolhurst, “Internalism and Moral Experience” at the American Philosophical Association (Pacific Division), March 25-29, 1994.

Commentary on Michael Mark, “Property Rights and Unpaid Labor” at the American Philosophical Association (Pacific Division), March 24‑28, 1993.

"Egalitarianism and Equal Availability of Political Influence", Illinois State University, Normal, March 1, 1992.

"Egalitarianism and Equal Availability of Political Influence", University of California, Irvine, February 17 1992.

"Egalitarianism and Equal Availability of Political Influence", University of Wisconsin, Madison, Jan 22, 1992.

"Egalitarianism and Equality of Political Influence", University of California, Davis, Jan 15, 1992.

"Liberalism and the Neutral State", University of Idaho, March 21st 1991.

"Liberalism and the Neutral State", University of California, Davis, Jan 21st, 1991.

"Realism and Anti‑Realism in Ethics",  University of Liverpool, UK, May 1987.