UNH Professor Awarded Fulbright
for Study in Austria
Contact: Erika Mantz
UNH Media Relations
March 8, 2004
DURHAM, N.H.— Willem deVries, professor of philosophy at
the University of New Hampshire, has been awarded the Fulbright-University
of Vienna Distinguished Chair in Humanities and Cultural Studies
for the 2004-2005 academic year.
deVries will spend the spring 2005 semester teaching three courses at the University
of Vienna. This is deVries’ third Fulbright award. He received a doctoral
dissertation fellowship and a senior research fellowship for study in Germany
earlier in this career. deVries has been at UNH since 1988.
In Vienna, deVries will teach a course on consciousness, a course on the philosophical
implications of the computer revolution and a graduate level course on Wilfrid
Sellars, a great American philosopher and the subject of a book deVries is finishing.
Going to another country is an eye-opening experience,” deVries says. “Not
only is it a chance to learn about that country, but an opportunity to learn
a lot about one’s own country. You quickly realize that things that seem
a matter of course are not the same for everyone, from the way light switches
work to an entirely different political system. It makes you much more aware
of both yourself and the world around you, and I think ideally every student
should go abroad.”
The Fulbright Program was established by Congress in 1946 to “increase
mutual understanding between people of the U.S. and people of other countries.” Named
for its sponsor, the late Sen. J. William Fulbright, the program is the U.S.
government’s premier international educational exchange program. Since
the program’s inception, more than 36,000 U.S. Fulbright Scholars have
taught or conducted research in 140 countries. More than 25 UNH faculty members
have been Fulbright Scholars in the last 10 years.