Dr. Charlotte Blease
Dr Charlotte Blease is philosopher and cognitive scientist and currently Research Fellow at the University of Leeds and Research Affiliate at the Program in Placebo Studies, Harvard Medical School. She has held appointments at University College Dublin, the Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany, and Queen's University, Belfast. Outside of university teaching, Charlotte is passionate about philosophy education having run courses in eight schools, teaching adult learners, and teaching teachers how to teach philosophy. She is currently a consultant for the NCCA short course on Philosophy for the Junior Cycle. In 2012 she was UK winner of the BBC/AHRC nationwide competition New Generation Thinkers, and is a regular contributor to BBC radio and national literary festivals (TEDxUCD, TEDx Fulbright Dublin, BBC Free Thinking Festival, Medicine Unboxed). In June 2014 her TEDx Fulbright talk was selected from over 30,000 as a TEDx Editor's Pick. Charlotte’s research and her views on philosophy in education have been published across Irish, UK and US media (including: Science Squad, RTE One; The World Tonight, BBC Radio 4; Newsnight, BBC 2; BBC Radio 3; The Guardian; Nautilus; The Kernal; TG4, Newstalk, The Irish Times, The Irish News, and The Herald). www.charlotteblease.com
Gerry Dunne lectures in the area of Philosophy of Education at Marino Institute of Education. Over the past eight years, he has also worked in the area of teacher education in Trinity College Dublin, both as a supervisor, and an adjunct lecturer on the PME programme. Prior to pursuing Ph.D. studies in the area of critical thinking, Gerry was a second-level teacher of English, History, Philosophy and Religion at St. Conleth’s College, Dublin. His research interests are broadly interdisciplinary and cover a range of topics, such as: philosophy in the classroom; creative pedagogies; care in education; metaphilosophy; philosophy of science, and critical thinking in education. To date, he has published in the areas of philosophy, theology and education.
Susan Andrews is a philosophy teacher in Temple Carrig Secondary School in Greystones. She holds an honours degree in Philosophy from UCD. She is one of the first teachers to devise a formal curriculum for second-level philosophy in Ireland. Rooted in an experiential approach to learning, Susan endeavours to make learning as engaging, relevant and enjoyable as possible for her students. Her curriculum draws on both the existing International Baccalaureate Programme and the UK A level Philosophy syllabus.
Dr. Áine Mahon
Dr. Áine Mahon is Lecturer in Education in the School of Education at University College Dublin. She researches and teaches in the Philosophy of Education and the Philosophy of Literature. Áine's first monograph, The Ironist and the Romantic: Reading Richard Rorty and Stanley Cavell, was published by Bloomsbury in 2014, and she has published broadly in the top-ranking journals in her field (Journal of Philosophy of Education, Philosophy and Literature, Textual Practice). In 2013, Áine was awarded a Fulbright Visiting Fellowship for research at the Department of Philosophy, The New School for Social Research (New York). For individual and collaborative research, she has received further fellowships and prizes from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Society for Applied Philosophy, the Irish Research Council, the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, and the Royal Irish Academy.
Marelle Rice has a relentless passion for education and philosophy and has spent over a decade building philosophical enquiry into her teaching and curriculum. She is currently the Head of Religion, Philosophy and Ethics and P4C Co-ordinator at Northwood College for Girls, London. Additionally, Marelle works as a teacher trainer for SAPERE, the UK based charity promoting Matthew Lipman’s Philosophy for/with Children (P4C) pedagogy, and has many years’ experience in a wide range of educational and community settings, spanning all ages and abilities. Marelle has been working with philosophy departments at both UCD and QUB raising the profile of philosophy in the classroom and curriculum. A skilled facilitator, Marelle gave a P4C demonstration at the Philosophy and the Irish Schools Symposium at Newman House, UCD on 22 August 2015 and she is a founding member of Philosophy Ireland. She is also a consultant for the NCCA and is one of the co-creators of the Junior Cycle Philosophy Short Course.
Shane Hanna is a Physical Education and English graduate from the University of Limerick. Since 2002 he has worked in a variety of settings including Spain, Belgium and Limerick prison. Since 2012 he has been involved in inquiry-based teacher training and has guest lectured in the University of Limerick and Trinity College Dublin. In 2012 as part of his Masters in Education (Guidance and Counselling) in Trinity College Dublin, he designed a framework and resources exploring how guidance and counselling objectives (fundamentally decision-making skills) could be achieved at a whole-school level and through mainstream subjects. He is currently a member of the Teaching Council Research Engagement Group. Shane is an Academic Associate in Logotherapy and Existential Analysis and is currently working on his thesis to complete his studies as a Logotherapist. His interests are varied but centre on the role of meaning in fostering student and staff engagement, as well as how philosophical enquiry can help subject teachers create conditions which develop responsible decision-making skills in students.
Dr. Fiachra O’Brolcháin
Dr. Fiachra O’Brolcháin is an applied ethicist at the Institute of Ethics in Dublin City University. He has spent over a decade designing and teaching an intensive philosophy module for teenagers at the Centre of Talented Youth Ireland, based at DCU. He has also taught a number of shorter philosophy modules for talented children of primary school age. He has spent a number of years working on various aspects of applied ethics, including the ethical and social implications of virtual reality and social networking in association with the EU's Reverie Project, the ethical implications of human enhancement technologies, and the ethics of brain-computer interfaces. He was lead ethicist on DCU and Arizona State University’s (ASU) Smart Stadium project, which involved analysing the ethical issues involved in the pilot scheme to trial ‘Internet of Things’ technologies in Croke Park and Arizona’s Sun Devil Stadium. He is returning to Queens as a Marie Curie research fellow with the ASSISTID programme which is co-funded by the European Commission and the charity RESPECT. His research will focus on the ethics of assistive technologies for people with autism and intellectual disabilities.
Katy Fitzpatrick is a Freelance Education Curator, Consultant, Facilitator and Lecturer. She has a BA in History of Art and Italian, UCD, an MA in Visual Arts Education, NCAD, and is currently undertaking a PhD with the Education Department at Maynooth University. Her PhD research is focused on an ongoing project called Art and Philosophy in the Classroom, which she has been developing since October 2013 in collaboration with Dr Aislinn O’Donnell. Art and Philosophy in the Classroom is an innovative interdisciplinary pedagogical approach to contemporary visual art in the classroom, which combines philosophy with children and inquiry-based arts and gallery education practices. Katy has worked for over 12 years in arts education, in particular in gallery education, and has held positions in Tate London, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and as Adviser to The Arts Council’s Young People Children and Education team, and was a co-opted member of the Junior Cycle Art, Craft, Design Development Group. She also lectures at Marino Institute of Education and tutors on the Professional Masters in Education programme at Maynooth University.
Sabrina Keenan holds a BSc. In Mathematical Sciences and originally trained as a second level Mathematics teacher at Edinburgh University in Scotland. She has worked as an IT professional since 2001 during which time she completed an MSc. in Information Systems Management, a grad Dip in eLearning and a diploma in Humanities, during which her love of philosophy took hold. She is currently completing her MA in Philosophy at UCD. Aside from taking great personal pleasure in considering the big questions, Sabrina’s particular interest in philosophy is in the potential it has to provide people with the skills and toolsets to navigate the world in a considered manner and in its potential for improving society as a whole.
Gillen Motherway is a philosophy graduate from The Milltown Institute and University College Dublin. After living overseas teaching English in Japanese public schools for several years, Gillen became interested in the educational possibilities of philosophy in classrooms. Gillen is currently a full-time PhD student at Hibernia College Dublin/Plymouth University studying Philosophy for Children (P4C) practice focusing on teacher/practitioner perspectives with an emphasis on Deweyan enquiry and democracy. Gillen is a regular P4C practitioner and advocate of philosophical dialogue with interests ranging from philosophical pragmatism, philosophy of education, childhood, democratic education and pedagogical practices.
Deborah Quigley holds an honours degree in Philosophy and Theology and is a graduate of the Milltown Institute of Theology & Philosophy and Trinity College Dublin. Deborah has fifteen years teaching experience in the Irish secondary school and is currently teaching Philosophy as a transition year module in St. Dominic’s Secondary School in Ballyfermot Dublin. Deborah is passionate about philosophy in education, with a particular interest in narrowing the gap between educational achievement and socio-economic disadvantage. As part of her Masters in Education at University College Dublin Deborah is exploring the value of teaching philosophy, and best practice through an action research study. Deborah has worked as an expert in Philosophy for the European Schools for the last six years.
Dr. Robert Grant
Dr. Robert Grant is a Tutor of Philosophy and Logic and Trinity College Dublin, freelance journalist, documentary maker, and musician. Rob completed his undergraduate studies in Philosophy and English while playing basketball on an athletic scholarship in North America. He then returned to Trinity College Dublin where he was an Irish Research Council Post Graduate Scholar. His academic work focuses on the intersection of language, meaning and truth. As a journalist he has written articles and produced radio documentaries for The Irish Times, The Journal.ie, BBC Radio 4, Newstalk, RTE, WLRfm, and other outlets discussing issues ranging from atheism, to economics and ethics, to our image-obsessed culture. He is actively involved in the promotion of philosophy to the wider public and is currently writing, presenting, and directing a documentary for RTE, making the case for introducing philosophy into our primary and secondary education system. Rob plays trumpet with Stomptown Brass and The Riptide Movement, has recorded a number of albums and E.P.’s, and has performed at Glastonbury, Electric Picnic, Vicar St. and many other leading venues.
Luison Lassala was born in Valencia, Spain, he studied Philosophy and Economics in UCD and obtained an MA in Economics from NUI Galway in 1987. He has worked in the IT industry since graduation, taking on various responsibilities in management, marketing, training and consulting in Ireland and the UK. At present he is a freelance IT consultant based in Galway. A keen reader of philosophical materials since his school years, he offered to teach an Introduction to Philosophy to Transition Year students in a Secondary school in Dublin back in 2011 and designed the programme for the course, which has been running successfully in that school ever since. Since he moved to Galway he has also been teaching Philosophy in several Secondary schools, both as part of the Transition Year programme and as a Careers Guidance introduction to Philosophical studies for Leaving Cert pupils. In the last ten years he has done extensive research on children’s usage of Internet and Social Media, and has written numerous articles on social networking for the Irish media and for publications abroad. He is a frequent contributor to relevant international think-tanks such us “Interaxion” and “Parenting 2.0”. In 2009 he was appointed to the Internet Safety Advisory Council of Ireland by the then Minister for Justice.