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IPFW Philosophy Outreach


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The Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) philosophy department has recently started an outreach program, which brings philosophy to the Fort Wayne community. Jennifer Caseldine-Bracht has started a philosophy for children program at a homeless shelter in Fort Wayne. Several IPFW students are involved in the program. Jennifer and her students work with elementary children in a long term homeless shelter, which means the children are there anywhere from six months to two years. We read books such as The Giving Tree and Lily Brown’s Paintings, as well as other philosophically appropriate books which children at the shelter have suggested.

We have created an IPFW Center of Excellence for Applied Ethics and our goal is to bring ethics and philosophy to more of the community at large. Our conference themes are inspired by student and community requests. We are at the beginning of our community outreach mission but we are planning to expand our work to other at-risk populations, such as a local juvenile detention center.

If you are interested in participating in the philosophy for children program in Fort Wayne or want more information about philosophy for children, please contact Jennifer Caseldine-Bracht.

We welcome inquires about our mission. If you have any questions or comments, please contact


The IPFW Center of Excellence for Applied Ethics

An institution of excellence in research, teaching, and service, the Center for Applied Ethics seeks to be recognized as the premier applied ethics center in the State of Indiana. Its teaching mission will be to provide administrative support for several certificate programs in applied ethics, including a Certificate in Human Rights and a Certificate in Medical Ethics. It will also provide study abroad opportunities as well as experiential learning through organizing practicums in the region. Its research mission includes organizing conferences on areas within applied ethics including human rights issues of our time and to publish papers, write books, and edit special issues of journals addressing issues of applied ethics. Its service mission is to invite speakers of local import and national recognition to offer public lectures and populate panels on issues of academic and public interest, and to interact with and serve on various committees and other governing bodies in the region. A web page will be coming soon!