The Philosophy Camp Team

Phil 4326/5326 and Phil 5350/5350 are taught by a wide-ranging team of instructors from across the University of Minnesota:


Roy T Cook, Ph.D., Philosophy:  Roy is a professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota. He teaches courses in the philosophy of mathematics, the philosophy of logic, the aesthetics of popular art, and community based learning. He is interested in the varied ways that we learn, and the various kinds of knowledge and multitude of perspectives that result.

Alice Leber-Cook, M.Ed. Adult Education, M.A. Curriculum and Instruction: Alice received both of her graduate degrees from the University of Minnesota. She is an independent researcher who studies the global nomad phenomenon, disability and aging, and the connections between education, community, and culture. Alice enjoys participating in the creation of a new and unique culture and community each year at Philosophy Camp.

Nance Longley, Master of Liberal Studies: Nance Longley is a graphic designer and also teaches in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Minnesota. She is fascinated with the exploration and discovery that happen in the creative process, both individually and collaboratively. The Danish folk high school model of education has been an inspiration for her since she spent time in Denmark as a college student.

Peter Shea, Ph.D., Philosophy: Peter has taught ethics and introductory philosophy over about fifty years, mostly in temporary positions, and has done some public education projects locally – including a long engagement with philosophy for children. His paid teaching is now limited to his activity at Philosophy Camp. He also does pro bono public teaching to demonstrate and test ideas for group facilitation. 

Cat Saint-Croix, Ph.D., Philosophy: Cat will soon be an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota. They work on epistemology, logic, and feminist philosophy, focusing on how our social contexts affect our epistemic practices. Cat also organizes the Minnesota High School Ethics Bowl. She makes bread sometimes, too. 

Apprentice Instructors:

Daod Al Balushi: Daod is a senior at the University of Minnesota majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Management. He is interested in human behavior and how it evolves from time to time depending on the circumstances. With interests in soccer, playing cards games, watching movies, he also loves to engage in deep conversation and respect everyone’s ideas and thoughts. He believes listening is the solution to many problems. Nature has given us two ears and one mouth so we should listen more and speak less, and by listening we can truly understand others and will be able to help them.

Julia Moseman: Julia is a senior at the University of Minnesota. Her major is in philosophy and sociology of law, crimonology & deviance and minors in political science. She plays trumpet in the University of Minnesota Marching Band. She has always loved listening to stories and learning about people and can’t wait to continue this at camp this year. She loves playing soccer, going on walks in nature, and travelling.  She’s not sure what she wants to do in life, but it just has to be something with people. 

Tyler Gangl: Tyler is a senior at the University of Minnesota majoring in psychology and minoring in philosophy. He is fascinated by the human experience both socially and individually. With interests in basketball, disc golf, playing card games, and deep conversation, he aims to find new opportunities to enhance life and health be it through hobbies, exercise, nutrition, social interactions, or new experiences. Ultimately he wants to utilize his experience and education to help and support others as they navigate through the ups and downs of life.