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About Lawrence Blum






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Harvard University, PhD in Philosophy, 1974
Linacre College, Oxford University, 1968-1969, as Knox Fellow
Princeton University, B.A. in Philosophy, 1964

1996: (Professor of Philosophy and) Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Education, University of Massachusetts, Boston
1988: Professor of Philosophy
1980: Associate Professor
1973 - 1980: Part-time Instructor, Visiting Instructor, Assistant Professor (of Philosophy)
spring-fall 1997: Visiting Professor of Philosophy and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
spring 1990: Visiting Professor, School of Education, Stanford University
spring 1984: Visiting Associate Professor, Dept. of Philosophy, UCLA
spring 1999, spring 2000, fall 2002, fall 2004: course on Race and Racism at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School, Cambridge, MA

Areas of Specialization
Ethical Theory
Social and Political Philosophy
Race Studies
Multicultural Education
Moral Development
Moral Psychology
The Philosophy of Simone Weil

Honors, Awards, Grants
Spencer Foundation award ($40,000) for project "Racial Integration, Equality of Opportunity, and the Ethics of Teaching about Racism in the Course of a High School Class on Racism," in Jan 1-May 31, 2010
"I'm Not a Racist, But…" chosen for an "author meets critics" session by the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association, March, 2005
North American Society for Social Philosophy "social philosophy book of the year" (for "I'm Not a Racist, But…"), 2002
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship for College Teachers, 1995-1996
Chancellor's Distinguished Scholarship Award, Univ. of Mass., Boston, 1994, 1981
Fellow in Harvard Program in Ethics and the Professions, 1992-1993
ACLS Travel Grant, spring 1989 (for Warsaw conference on altruism)
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship for College Teachers, 1986-1987
Faculty Development Grants, Univ. of Mass., Boston: 1988, 1985, 1976
Knox Fellowship to Oxford University (granted by Harvard), 1968-1969
Summa cum laude in Philosophy, Princeton, 1964
1879 Prize in Ethics (for best undergraduate thesis in ethics), Princeton, 1964

Other Professional Service

Member, Governing Board of Association for Moral Education, 2010- [3 year term]

Visiting Committee member, reviewing Wesleyan University's Philosophy Department, spring 2008

President, Association for Philosophy of Education, 2006-2008 [organization that organizes sessions on philosophy of education at the Eastern Division Meetings of the APA]

Member, Advisory Board of Kenan Institute for Ethics (formerly Kenan Ethics Program), Duke University, 1996-2008

Editorial Board, Theory and Research in Education, 2002-

Member, Program Advisory Committee for Eastern Division of APA, 1996-1999, 2006-2009

Mentor in AERA/IES Post-Doctoral Program on minority achievement, 2001-2005 [Mentee, Dr. Mary Casey, working on issues of race and morality]

"Which Box Should I Check?": workshop on racial and ethnic identity on the federal census, for students and teachers at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School, sponsored by STARs (students teaching and advocating respect) program, March, 2004

Resource Consultant (occasional) for Facing History and Ourselves (professional development organization for K-12 teachers: critical thinking, antiracist curriculum)

Member, Governing Board of Association for Moral Education, 1998-2002

Member: American Philosophical Association; Association for Moral Education; Philosophy of Education Society; American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy

Member, American Philosophical Association Inclusiveness Committee, 2002-2005

Reviewer for Ethics, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Dialogue, Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, Political Theory, Cambridge University Press, Cornell University Press, Yale Univ. Press, Univ. Press of Kansas, other journals and presses

Member, Cambridge Diversity Committee (monitoring diversity initiatives in Cambridge Public Schools), 1995-1996

Member (1991-1992) Ethics Committee of Elder Care Program of East Boston Neighborhood Health Center