Dr. Cristina Cammarano
Philosophy House #103
1101 Camden Avenue
Salisbury, Maryland 21801-6860
I am interested in thinking philosophically about some facts of social life such as education and schooling, immigration, dialogue and translation. At Salisbury University, I teach courses in Philosophy of Education, Race and Ethnicity, and applied philosophy. I also started a “Philosophy in Schools” initiative in which SU students facilitate philosophy-based activities and discussions with children in local public schools. If you are interested and want to learn more about this, please see here.
Before moving to New York City for my doctoral studies, I was a high school teacher of Philosophy and History in Milano, Italy. I hold a B.A. in Philosophy and an Ed. M. in Philosophy, History, and Pedagogy from the Universita' Cattolica di Milano, and I was a 2008-09 Maclean Fellow of the International Federation of University Women. I served as preceptor of Literature Humanities at Columbia University, as lecturer in the Philosophy and Education Program at Teachers College, and as a visiting assistant professor at St. Lawrence University, NY. I received my Ph.D. in 2012 from Teachers College, Columbia University. My dissertation, titled The Philosophically Educated Teacher as Traveler, considers metaphors of travel and travelers as they illuminate what it is to teach and be a teacher. I examine ancient Greek conceptions of inquiry as travel, Stoic objections to them, and Renaissance new understanding of the relation between teaching, learning and traveling. In the development of my research, I want to continue exploring such relation and see how it can help me frame and understand the experience of migrants in multicultural societies.
I enjoy philosophy because it helps me think about the human experience. I love philosophical conversations on every big question and in every setting: in the university, in public schools, at a café or in the streets of our downtown Salisbury. The value of philosophical thinking for me resides in the possibility to see things for what they are, to understand them and to imagine new possibilities for how they could or should be.