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In new ABCS course, Penn students will teach moral philosophy to high schoolers

Chih-Ning Kuo

Daily Pennsylvanian

Sunday, December 8, 2019

The course, titled “Public Philosophy & Civic Engagement,” will be taught by fifth-year Philosophy Ph.D. student Michael Vazquez. Vazquez said students will spend a part of each class figuring out how to distill complex philosophical ideas to high school students in an exciting way, and they will then go to teach philosophy in a Philadelphia high school once a week.

While graduate students such as Vazquez do not often have the opportunity to become undergraduate professors in their field, Vazquez was able to develop his ABCS course through the Provost’s Graduate Academic Engagement Fellowship. This program, founded this year by the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, awards fellows with a research fund of $5,000 over two years for service-related projects.