Lawrence Blum, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Education, and Professor of Philosophy, at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, specializing in philosophy of education, moral philosophy, moral education, race studies, and social and political philosophy. He is the author of four books. His 2002 "I'm Not a Racist, But...": The Moral Quandary of Race (Cornell) was awarded best book of the year by the North American Society for Social Philosophy. A 5th book, High Schools, Race, and America's Future: What Students Can Teach Us About Morality, Diversity, and Community (Harvard Education Press), will be published this September. Prof. Blum has also taught at Stanford School of Education, UCLA (Philosophy Department), and Teachers College, as well as a course at his local high school on which the just-mentioned book is based. Prof. Blum's course Advanced Seminar in Philosophy and Education will center on the issues of equality and equality of opportunity, especially as they pertain to education, and with particular focus on class and race divisions and disparities.
Concepcion Naval, Universidad de Navarra--Spain
Prof. Naval's research focuses on the bases of education for citizenship and social participation; the family and the development of social skills in children; the social impact on young people of information and communication technologies; and educational innovation in higher education.-'Concepcin's research interests during the 2012-2013 academic year, confronting a new stage of research, tackle three lines of action, all of which are related to the social dimension of education and the fostering of social participation: new media literacy among Primary and Secondary School teachers, the social responsibility of the university, and museums as educational space.