Welcome to Phronesis Lab!

Phronesis is Greek for practical wisdom. Wisdom takes practice and skill, and we need to test our skill. We support innovative, interdisciplinary research that is focused on real-world problems, involving students, faculty, and community members, and driven by a commitment to peace and social justice.

Our main focus involves designing and assessing curricula to support Peace Literacyhttp://www.peaceliteracy.org

Above, right: Paul Chappell, Peace Literacy Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, with Shelley Moon, Senior Vice President of the Corvallis NAACP.

At Phronesis Lab we provide:

  • web-hosting and networking
  • accessible space for small group meetings
  • student internships and volunteer opportunities
  • small grants to support speakers, panels, and community activities

Phronesis Lab is directed by Professor Sharyn Clough and is housed in the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion, in the College of Liberal Arts at OSU. We welcome collaborations from across the campus and the wider community. Email Sharyn Clough if you’re interested in collaborating on any of our projects.

Chelsey Williams (MAIS) serves as our Peace Literacy Curriculum Assessment Coordinator. Chelsey attended a week-long Peace Literacy workshop facilitated by Paul Chappell in Maine this past summer (2018) and now works at Phronesis Lab to develop measurable goals and objectives that can be translated in to real-world learning outcomes for educators all over the world.

We also have had a number of student interns supporting our Peace Literacy Programming, including:

Martines 2018 Peace Literacy Intern,
Corvallis High School Student Leadership

Chloe Sain-Thomason
2018 Peace Literacy Intern, Philosophy and Education, OSU


Mary Hare 2017/2018 Peace Literacy Intern

Connor Garrett
2017/18 Peace Literacy Intern
Honors student, Philosophy and Physics, OSU

Events and Activities


July 2018 brought a redux of our panel Phronesis, Power, and Peace Literacy, this time in Dayton Ohio, co-hosted by the Summer Institute for American Philosophy and the Dayton International Peace Museum. The panel was chaired by Tanya Maus, Director of the Peace Resource Center at Wilmington College, with Christian Matheis zooooming in enroute to his new post as faculty in the Department of Justice and Policy Studies at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina. Photo L-R, Paul K. Chappell, Sharyn Clough, and Tanya Maus.


Peace Literacy Workshop
Corvallis School District April 9-10, 2018. The local Corvallis School District sent over 30 teachers, administrators, behavioral support staff, and students from three high schools and two middle schools to a Peace Literacy workshop facilitated by Paul K. Chappell and Sharyn Clough.

Phronesis, Power, and Peace LiteracyPanel Discussion, hosted by the Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World, American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division meeting, San Diego March 29/18; chaired by OSU MA Applied Ethics student (now graduated!) Katie Zarajzczk, and featuring:

Christian Matheis (Virginia Tech) Peace with Power or No Peace at All
Sharyn Clough (OSU)
Peace Literacy and Phronesis: Implications for Epistemology
Paul K. Chappell (Independent Scholar, Iraq War Veteran, NAPF)
Peace Literacy: An Explanatory Model for Understanding Trauma and Our Current Political Crises

Peace Literacy Workshop and Luncheon
Friday Dec. 15, 2017 10AM-4PM, SEC rm. 354, OSU
This workshop for students, staff and faculty, focused on skills that help support OSU student activism and civic engagement while prioritizing health and safety.

On Sunday Sept 10, 2017, Phronesis Lab, along with the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion and the Difference, Power, and Discrimination Program co-sponsored a public lecture by Paul K. Chappell called “Radical Empathy and Realistic Hope.” The lecture is the keystone event in the Year of Peace Literacy Project.



The lecture kicked off a series of workshops for OSU faculty, students, and staff called “Teaching Through Tensions, Practicing Peace” facilitated by Phronesis co-director Sharyn Clough, as well as Chappell, and featuring the return of two alumni from the OSU MA in Applied Ethics program, Christian Matheis and Masayuki Sugie.



June brought a second major plot point in the Year of Peace Literacy Project.

On June 14/17 we brought back Paul Chappell to give a workshop for 19 teachers and school administrators from Salem, Corvallis, and Eugene. After a luncheon we planned next steps in getting Peace Literacy into k-12 classrooms in Oregon. Read about the event as it was reported in the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation newsletter, here.

Co-Sponsored by the OSU College of Education.


Year of Peace Literacy Project: Tues. March 14 – Weds. March 15 Two experts, Kevin Martin and Reiner Braun, visited Corvallis to discuss the troubled state of international nuclear weapons treaties.  They gave a public lecture on Tues. evening, Mar. 14 at the Unitarian Church 2945 NW Circle, and a lunchtime meet and greet, at OSU MU 213, Weds. Mar. 15. Co-sponsored by Veterans for Peace, and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

Phronesis Lab continued the celebration of a Year of Peace Literacy, in collaboration with Paul K. Chappell of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, in Santa Barbara, CA. March 1-2, 2017 Paul gave guest lectures in two classes in the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion – Professor Orosco’s  “Great Figures: Martin Luther King Jr.,” and Paul Kopperman’s “Why War?”



Paul also gave a presentation to the students of College Hill High School on strategies for responding to bullying and harassment (Above, right).

(Left) Paul at College Hill High School with Phronesis Co-Director Sharyn Clough




Stephanie Vasko, Michigan State University, gave two lectures in our Philosopher. Scientist. Citizen series in November, 2016.






In Portland in March of 2016, Phronesis Lab researchers Sione Filimoehala, Sharyn Clough, and Rob Figueroa presented their work on pragmatism as a philosophical wedge in the K-12 curriculum at the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy meeting.



Jan-June 2016

The fourth annual Phronesis Lab/College Hill Collaborative seminar on Peace and Social Justice wrapped up June 4, with 9 high school students from College Hill completing the 10-week class, led by Sharyn Clough, Matt Gaddis, and OSU students Haley Egan, Robyn Morris, Josh Stanley, and Alex Pho.

October 2015 Phronesis Visiting Scholar Mark Tschaepe contributed to our lecture series Philosopher.Scientist.Citizen with a fantastic lecture on Oct. 5/15 called:Quantifying Experience: The Seduction of Neuroscientific Explanation in the Dopamine Democracy.” You can watch it here. And here’s an album of photos from the talk, on Facebook.

July 2015 Phronesis Scholar in Residence Mark Tschaepe gave two presentations during his summer stay. The first was focused on Prison Sexual Violence. You can view the slides here:  A Noxious Injustice as Punishment

His second presentation was based on his paper “The student as philosopher-scientist” (available at his Academia.edu page). Check here for some photos of the event.

May 2015 The Phronesis High School Instructional Team gave a panel presentation “Promoting Social Justice  with Engaged Philosophy” at a recent conference at Villanova University. Here’s some photos of the trip!

April 2015 Photos from our Philosopher.Scientist.Citizen series, featuring Massimo Pigliucci’s visit, as well as a video of his talk “Pseudoscience: Exploiting Public Trust.”

February 2015 Photos from our Philosopher.Scientist.Citizen series, featuring Stacey Ritz’s visit and her talk “On the integration of sex and gender considerations in basic experimental biomedical research.”

January 2015 Photos from our Philosopher.Scientist.Citizen series, featuring Alan Richardson, as well as a video of his talk “Signal Achievements: Reichenbach On Radio.”

Check out our December 2014 Book Panel Video Extravaganza, discussing Colin Koopman’s new book Genealogy as Critique, featuring  Phronesis Lab Director Sharyn Clough, Stephanie Jenkins, and Evan Gottlieb.

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