Phoenixville Area Time Bank presents talk on educational reform

PHOENIXVILLE — Phoenixville Area Time Bank will host a talk, “Educational Reform, Making Phoenixville a hub of activity for improving the lives of our children.”

The event will take place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9, at the Customer Bank Community Room, 99 Bridge St. (corner of Starr and Bridge streets). It is open to the public and is free of charge.

Dr. Shamus Mulryan will serve as the guest speaker. Mulryan earned his Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies, with an emphasis in Philosophy of Education, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign under the supervision of Chris Higgins. He also holds an M.A. in Philosophy & Education from Teachers College of Columbia University and a B.S. in Physics from Beloit College.

In his dissertation, Mulryan examined what it means and how one learns to be courageous in dialogue, and he argued that such courage is a virtue worth cultivating in the youth of a culturally diverse, democratic society. His general interests are in ethics and moral education, teacher education and training, the educative dimensions of philosophical hermeneutics, and existential psychoanalysis.


Mulryan has published articles and book chapters on Hegel, Heidegger, and Hans-Georg Gadamer in relation to the topics of dialogue, ethics, human development, and educational administration. In addition, he has published book reviews and encyclopedia entries in curriculum theory and on the topics of social psychology, social theory, and pragmatism as they relate to education; and he has given talks to professional and public audiences.