Rebecca Farinas is an independent scholar and lecturer. She recently received her PhD in philosophy from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She was a Kosciusko Fellowship 2013/2014 to the University of Warsaw, where she lectured on Classical American Philosophy and American philosophy of art and aesthetics. She holds a post graduate diploma in American art history and two Master Degrees, one in fine art and one in art history. She is an experienced art critic and curator and has organized several major philosophical conferences, most notably “Higher Roads to Peace: Ethics between Israel and Palestine”, the proceedings which were published in the important journal, “Peace and Change”. She curated an extensive exhibition of Arthur C. Danto’s woodblock prints, while she oversaw the financing and design of the accompanying exhibition catalogue. She has published papers on American pragmatism and aesthetics.
Leszek Koczanowicz is a Professor of Philosophy and Political Science at Wroclaw Faculty of the University of the Social Sciences and Humanities. He specializes in political philosophy, social theory and cultural aspects of politics. His previous appointments include Wroclaw University (1977-1997), Opole University (1997-2002), SUNY/Buffalo (1998-1999 and 2000-2001), and Columbia University (2004-2005), and SUNY/Genseo (2013). He is an author and editor of eight books and numerous articles in Polish and English. Prof. Leszek Koczanowicz has been involved in Polish –American cooperation for more then twenty years. In 1998 he organized with Prof. Beth Singer of Brooklyn College the conference “Democracy and Post-Totalitarian Experience ”, which brought together 20 Polish and American scholars. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Central European Pragmatist Forum.
Aleksandra Łukaszewicz Alcaraz is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of History and Theory of Art at Faculty of Painting and New Media, and the Director of the Multimedia Library at the Academy of Art in Szczecin (Poland). She has experience in teaching and the practice of design. She specializes in the fields of philosophical aesthetics and theories of culture and art. She has published widely on the philosophies of art and aesthetics, critic, and she is a member – between other – of the editorial board of philosophical review “Nowa Krytyka” and of the Polish Society of Aesthetics. In the year 2007 organized at University of Szczecin a national conference under a title: “Feminism and Radicalism within social movements and critical perspectives”, following she co-edited with Dr. Hab. Jerzy Kochan, the proceedings of the conference for publication. She has a strong scholarly interest in the aesthetic aspects of the writings of Charles Sanders Peirce and she maintains a close connection with the pragmatist thinking on experience and art. In the academic year 2012-2013 she was a visiting professor at University of Castilla-La Mancha, at Faculty of Fine Arts.
Judith M. Green is a Professor of Philosophy and co-director of Women’s Studies at Fordham University. She is the author and editor of at least seven books on American pragmatism. She is a prolific author, having written numerous book chapters and essays on American philosophy, as well as on her interests in Women Studies, Urban Studies, Environmental Studies, Peace & Justice Studies and Regional Planning. She is a founding co-convener of The New York Pragmatist Forum, as she is a valuable member of many other philosophical association and editorial boards. Philosophers in Jesuit Education are an association in which she served as President, and she was the Director of the American Catholic Philosophical Association. Social Justice and human rights are areas of particular interest for her, while she also lectures widely on topics such as equality through diversity and Aristotle’s virtue ethics.
Philipp Dorstewitz is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the American University in Ras Al Khaimah (UAE). He obtained his PhD in Philosophy from the London School of Economics, after studying Business Administration and Philosophy in Germany and in the UK. Before serving as a lecturer in Philosophy at Maastricht University (Netherlands), he held teaching appointments at the LSE and the University College Dublin. At LSE he received the departmental teaching prize in 2003. Philipp Dorstewitz is also affiliated as a research fellow with the Cologne Dewey Center (University of Cologne). In his academic work he applies a pragmatist method to the social sciences. He has published numerous theoretical and applied articles on intelligent human deliberation processes. In particular, he is interested in the concept of imaginative intelligence, the structure of scientific inquiry, and in the operation of normative frameworks in political contexts. He has applied his philosophical work to urban planning and policy. As a university teacher he has developed numerous courses on political philosophy, ethics, philosophy of science and informal logic.