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Information and application for the summer 2007 SPICO program are available below and by writing to Dan Sturgis:

 

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program description

The Summer Philosophy Institute of Colorado (SPICO) is a project modeled from the goals of two highly succesful programs: The Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children, and Indiana University's Summer Philosophy Institute. The Institute of Philosophy for Children trains philosophers to teach children and instructs secondary education teachers in philosophy. Indiana University developed its Summer Philosophy Institute to expose high school students to philosophy and critical thinking skills in a one week residential program that also introduces students to college life. Both programs share the commitment to increasing critical thinking skills among secondary education students. SPICO is committed to the same general goals as these successful programs.

 

SPICO springs from a group of educators from the Department of Philosphy, the Center for Values and Social Policy, and the School of Education at the University of Colorado's Boulder campus. The summer program is designed to offer a diverse group of high school students a week-long residential exposure to college life in general and to philosphical subjects and skills. Three central goals spring from this general objective:

 

  1. to encourage both economically disadvantaged and culturally diverse students to pursue their education at the college level;
  2. to foster critical thinking skills that will help students in their high school work, as well as in preparation for college work; and
  3. to initiate a process to broaden the cultural diversity within the field of philosphy. We have a special interest in exposing culturally diverse and less advantaged groups to philosophy and college options.

 

Our program will provide them with a taste of the experiences and intellectual challenges available in a university setting, and will also provide specific guidance on how to make advanced education a reality in their lives. Furthermore, we think that the philosophical issues and methods addressed in the Institute spark students' natural love of learning and hone their critical thinking skills, enabling them to perform better in their high school work.

 

2007 Summer Philosophy Institute of Colorado

Click here to request an application. The Summer Philosophy Institute is designed to provide a week long introduction to college life and to the methods and subject matter of philosophy as a means to enrich students' appreciation of literature, art, history, and western culture. We have conducted this program for over ten years. The 2007 institute is schedule for July 15 -21. Selected participants, along with faculty counselors, will live in a university residence hall and will attend six hours of classes each day. Classes will involve lectures by the directors, visiting scholars from other university departments, and discussion sections led by graduate students in philosophy. Readings will include selections from contemporary and classical philosophers on traditional topics including: free will and determinism, the relation between mind and body, the nature of knowledge, the basis of morality, and issues in personal identity. Contemporary films and literature will be used to illustrate the relevance of these age-old questions to contemporary society. Cultural and recreational activities will include a visit to the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, a hike in the Boulder foothills, and a walk down Pearl Street Mall. The summer program is designed to offer a diverse group of high school students a week-long residential exposure to college life in general and to philosophical subjects and skills. Three central goals spring from this general objective: (1) to encourage both economically disadvantaged and culturally diverse students to pursue their education at the college level; (2) to foster critical thinking skills that will help students in their high school work, as well as in preparation for college work; and (3) to initiate a process to broaden the cultural diversity within the field of philosophy.

 

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