St. Mary’s University Professor of Philosophy Glenn Hughes, Ph.D., will travel to Norway in the fall to study the principle of inalienable human dignity through a grant from the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Hughes will be working at the International Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO), where he will do research on the philosophical foundations of the principle of universal and inalienable human dignity. He is one of about 800 U.S. faculty and professionals selected for Fulbright awards this year by the U.S. State Department and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

The Institute focuses on research into the driving forces behind violent conflict and on ways that peace can be built, maintained and spread. In addition, the Institute conducts policy-oriented activities and engages in the search for solutions in cases of actual or potential violent conflict. Hughes said that interacting with the scholars there will be integral to his ongoing research.

St. Mary’s has a long history of success in the Fulbright Scholar program, and Hughes is the second member of the St. Mary’s faculty to be awarded a Fulbright award in just the past two years. In the spring of 2007, Ruben Candia, Ph.D., a St. Mary’s languages professor, spent a semester teaching Chicano culture in Spain.

Hughes holds bachelor’s degrees in both history and English literature and a master’s degree in history from the University of Washington, as well as a master’s degree in philosophy and a doctorate in philosophy from Boston College. He joined the faculty of St. Mary’s in 1990, and has received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Faculty Award in 1994.

The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Since its inception, the Fulbright Program has exchanged about 273,500 people – 102,900 Americans who have studied, taught or researched abroad and 170,600 students, scholars and teachers from other countries who have engaged in similar activities in the United States. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

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