The Catholic University of America

Sept. 3, 2008

CUA Philosophy Professor Receives Fulbright Award

School of Theology and Religious Studies Hosts Interfaith Scholar

Philosophy Professor Timothy Noone arrived in Germany this week to begin studying at the Thomas Institut thanks to a Fulbright Scholar grant.
Timothy Noone, professor of philosophy, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to research and present findings at the Thomas Institut of the University of Cologne during the 2008-2009 academic year, according to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. He arrived in Germany this week.

Noone, a professor specializing in medieval philosophy and the Franciscan philosophic tradition, plans to study developments in late 13th century and early 14th century epistemology and present them in seminars. Epistemology, also known as the theory of knowledge, is a branch of philosophy concerned with the nature and scope of knowledge.

"The Thomas Institut is one of a handful of outstanding research institutes in the world devoted to the study and assimilation of medieval philosophy," Noone said when asked why he will be working at this particular institution. "Its director, Prof. Andreas Speer, is well known for his systematic and historical research on medieval philosophy and his promotion of its study."

Noone is one of approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad to about 150 countries through the Fulbright Scholar Program. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program's purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.

Recipients of Fulbright Scholar awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and because they have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential in their fields.

In addition, CUA was selected to host a visiting scholar, Ghassan Manasra, director of the Qadiri Sufi Center in Nazareth, Israel. He will be visiting with the School of Theology and Religious Studies Institute for Interreligious Study and Dialogue through the Center for Global Education. His visit will be made possible by the Fulbright Interfaith Community Action Program from October to December.

CUA was also selected as the host of the plenary conference that caps the entire Interfaith Community Action Program. The Conference will take place in early December and will bring all 10 of the Fulbright Scholars coming to the United States under this program to the CUA campus along with representatives of their host institutions and State Department personnel.