University of Chicago Center for Teaching workshop "Teaching for Wisdom"

Teaching for Wisdom: Dialogical Philosophizing and Action Research in Intercultural and Interreligious Education

Tuesday, May 9th from 12-1:30pm

Wieboldt Hall, 310 D/E

University of Chicago

In this seminar, Associate Professor Helskog presents the Dialogos approach to practical philosophy as a form of wisdom-oriented teaching. Participants in this seminar will first be introduced to the approach through a practical dialogue exercise. Drawing on this experience, Helskog will further exemplify her approach by introducing participants to three different modes of philosophizing: the abstract-analytical mode, the phenomenological-hermeneutical mode, and the spiritual-contemplative mode, and their possibly different roles in encouraging students to search for wisdom. Finally, three action research projects aimed at trying out Dialogos in intercultural and interreligious educational contexts will be presented. The action research projects are the Gandhi Project, the Reconciliation Project, and the Teacher Education Projects. The seminar aims for participants to reflect upon the differences between dialogical and philosophical forms of teaching and more traditional and instrumental forms of teaching.

Space is limited. Open to those not affliated with the University of Chicago

RSVP REQUIRED: To RSVP to this event, contact Chandani Patel, PhD Assistant Director, Chicago Center for Teaching at

The Chicago Center for Teaching supports the University’s diverse community of instructors--graduate students, postdocs, and faculty members--in developing their teaching practices with the goal of enhancing student learning across campus. We are committed to the idea that effective teaching begins with an instructor’s intentions and expectations for their students. Toward that end, we encourage the use of pedagogical practices that are based in scholarly literature on teaching and learning and foster dialogue and reflection on effective teaching through workshops, seminars, individual consultations, and other programs and activities. Our aim is to promote teaching as a scholarly practice that is integral to the University’s values.

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