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GMC Philosophy Professor Named Fulbright Scholar

POULTNEY, VT (Feb. 20, 2008) – Dr. Steven Fesmire, an associate professor of philosophy and chair of the Environmental Studies Department at Green Mountain College, has been awarded a Fulbright grant to lecture and conduct research at Kyoto University in Japan.

The Fulbright grant is one of two lecture/research awards for Japan given to U.S. scholars from across all disciplines. The grant runs from March 2009 to August 2009.

While at Kyoto University, Fesmire will teach two courses and complete a five-month collaborative research project titled “Ecological Imagination in the Kyoto School of Philosophy and Classical American Pragmatism: Citizenship Education in Japan and the U.S.”

“The Fulbright award recognizes Steven’s excellent scholarship and promises to foster a meaningful cross-cultural dialogue,” says Green Mountain College Provost Bill Throop. “This is also a great opportunity for the College to further integrate international perspectives into its curriculum.”

Fesmire plans to explore the possibility of linking one of his classes in Japan with a Green Mountain College environmental ethics course in April 2009, using either a videoconferencing system or a web dialogue.

The outcome of Fesmire's Fulbright grant will be a series of presentations and publications exploring resources in Japanese and American cultures for the purpose of educating citizens to be more responsive to each other and the natural world. He plans to collaborate with several Japanese scholars on this work.

Fesmire’s book, John Dewey and Moral Imagination: Pragmatism in Ethics (Indiana University Press, 2003), received a 2005 “Outstanding Academic Title” award from Choice magazine, and is becoming a standard resource for research and courses on pragmatist ethics. It will soon be published in Chinese translation with Peking University Press as part of their first series in American philosophy.

For more information, contact the Green Mountain College Office of Communications at 802-287-8311.



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