This summer, three Department of Philosophy doctoral candidates took part in a week-long course and mentorship program for area high school students.

The program, entitled “Consent and Civic Participation,” was jointly sponsored by ThinkerAnalytix—a non-profit organization that “develops materials and programs to equip high school students with reasoning skills that cross academic disciplines”—and Harvard Ed Portal, a “collaborative partnership between Harvard University, the City of Boston, the Harvard Allston Task Force, and the Allston-Brighton community.”

Doctoral students Olivia BaileyDiana Acosta Navas, and Kate Vredenburgh presented philosophical material addressing questions of consent and participation in civic life. Bailey prompted students to consider the extent to which the notion of consent can meaningfully be invoked in justifications of political legitimacy given that people have… Read More.