In the summer of 2007, the Nanovic Institute funded a research project in South Tyrol (Italy) for Phillip Alday, which ultimately blossomed into his senior thesis in German. That same line of research recently caused Phillip to be accepted to Ideas of Europe/Ideas for Europe, an international conference sponsored by the European Union. Two Notre Dame graduate students, Joshua Bandoch and James Fetter, who were also funded by Nanovic Institute research grants, will be joining Alday as presenters.
The aim of Ideas of Europe/Ideas for Europe is to map a better and deeper understanding of Europe, without relinquishing reasoned discourse and ethical dialogue. Placed under the patronage of Mr. José Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Commission, this conference will be held at the Chemnitz University of Technology in Germany on May 6-8.
PROVINCE ON A HILL: SOUTH TYROL AS A MICROCOSM OF EUROPEAN FEDERALISM
Phillip Alday (Class of 2008)
Nanovic Grant: 2007 Undergraduate Travel and Research Grant to Italy & Austria for his project “E Pluribus Quot? Bilingual Government in the World Today”
Phillip Alday has been a Master’s student in Linguistics at the Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany since 2008. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame, USA with degrees in German Literature and Mathematics, and wrote his senior thesis on ‘The South Tyrolean example of multilingual administration in border regions’. Research fields: Administration and Governance in Multilingual Contexts, Neuro/Psycholinguistics.
MONTESQUIEU AND THE PROBLEM OF FORMING A EUROPEAN SPIRIT
Nanovic Grants: 2008 Graduate Advanced Language Study at Alliance Française Institute in Paris, 2007 Graduate Travel and Research Grant to Germany for his project “Rethinking Rousseau: The Poland and Corsica Writings”
Joshua Bandoch is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, USA, where he also earned his MA in Political Science. He graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland, USA and holds a BA in Government and Politics (with highest honors). Research fields: Early Liberal and Modern Republican Thought, Theories of Statecraft, Montesquieu.
ONE WORLD, TWO PHILOSOPHICAL TRADITIONS: A COMPARISON OF MARITAIN’S AND KOJEVE’S ARGUMENTS FOR WORLD UNIFICATION AND EUROPEAN INTEGRATION
Nanovic Grant: 2009 Graduate Travel and Research Grant to present paper at Ideas of Europe/Ideas for Europe conference in Germany
James Fetter has been a graduate student in Political Theory at the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, USA since 2005. He graduated in 2005 with Highest Honors from Emory University, USA with a BA in Classics. His dissertation traces the development of the understanding of magnanimity and great statesmanship from Aristotle to Nietzsche. Research fields: History of Political Philosophy, Contemporary Ideas of World Order. Recent publication: James Fetter / Walter Nicgorski, ‘Magnanimity and Statesmanship: The Ciceronian Difference.’ in: Carson Holloway (ed.), Magnanimity and Statesmanship. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2008.