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"Tell me, what is it
you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"
Mary Oliver, The Summer Day

The Philosophy Camp Team

Phil 4326/5326 and Phil 5350/5350 are taught by a wide-ranging team of instructors from across the University of Minnesota:



Roy T Cook, Ph.D., Philosophy:  Roy is a professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota. He teaches courses in the philosophy of mathematics, the philosophy of logic, the aesthetics of popular art, and community based learning. He is interested in the varied ways that we learn, and the various kinds of knowledge and multitude of perspectives that result.


Lynn Englund, Ph.D., Education: Lynn teaches in the Department of Family Social Science in the College of Education and Human Development. She is interested in education that helps individuals and families examine their aims for family and community life and support each other through intentional practices and activities. She enjoys creating intergenerational cooperative spaces for teaching and learning.

Alice Leber-Cook, M.Ed. Adult Education, M.A. Curriculum and Instruction: Alice received both of her graduate degrees from the University of Minnesota. She studies the global nomad phenomenon, disability and aging, and the connections between education, community, and culture. She enjoys participating in the creation of a new and unique culture and community each year at Philosophy Camp.

Nance Longley, Master of Liberal Studies: Nance Longley is a graphic designer and also teaches in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Minnesota. She is fascinated with the exploration and discovery that happen in the creative process, both individually and collaboratively. The Danish folk high school model of education has been an inspiration for her since she spent time in Denmark as a college student.

Peter Shea, Ph.D., Philosophy: Peter has long experience in the Philosophy for Children movement, an effort to build a ‘self-correcting community of inquiry’ in elementary and secondary classrooms and then carry the spirit of such community over into civic life. His current interest is understanding the lives of thoughtful people.


Emeritus Instructor:

John Wallace, Ph.D., Philosophy: John is professor emeritus in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota.  He is interested in forms of education that empower people to create a more decent society.


Apprentice Instructors:

Matthew Ludowese: Matthew is a junior at the University of Minnesota studying political science and leadership. He is interested in vocational work in mentorship through education, coaching, and volunteer opportunities. He loves basketball, vocal performance, and new experiences. He was a Philosophy Camp student this past year and was struck by the power of the community and reflection that is central to our time together.

Tyler Gangl: Tyler is a senior at the University of Minnesota majoring in psychology and minoring in philosophy. He is fascinated by the human experience both socially and individually. With interests in basketball, disc golf, playing card games, and deep conversation, he aims to find new opportunities to enhance life and health be it through hobbies, exercise, nutrition, social interactions, or new experiences. Ultimately he wants to utilize his experience and education to help and support others as they navigate through the ups and downs of life. 

Sara Parhizgari: Sara is a graduate student in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota. She is interested in philosophy of mathematics and logic. Sara's interet in peoples' stories and the way that they make meaning out of their experiences has made her a P-Camp enthusiast. When she is not philosophizing she does yoga, goes hikind, and watches a lot of movies.

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