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NEW: Holy Cross Professor Named Fulbright Scholar

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


Predrag Cicovacki

A Holy Cross professor is off to India this fall, where he will be a Senior Fulbright-Nehru Fellow.

Predrag Cicovacki, a professor of philosophy and director of Peace and Conflict Studies at the College of the Holy Cross, will be a fellow at the Malaviya Centre for Peace Research at Banaras University in Varanasi, India. He will undertake a teaching and research project titled “Educating for Peace, Non-killing, and Humanity.”

An Auburn resident, Cicovacki is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2012-13.

A press release identified him as being committed to educating younger generations toward building a more just and humane world. In particular, he is interested in augmenting how to teach about nonviolence and non-killing. India, he said, is one of the best places in the world to learn about the tradition of nonviolence and non-killing because of its unique religious, cultural and political history.

In addition to teaching a course titled “The Western Tradition of Nonviolence,” Cicovacki will observe how education for peace is being conducted at the Malaviya Centre. He is especially interested to learn how Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy is being preserved and continued in India.

The trip to India will help Cicovacki restructure the current Peace and Conflict Studies program at Holy Cross when he returns.

“I believe that after getting acquainted with how peace programs are being structured and run in India, I may bring some useful and fresh ideas about what kind of changes need to be implemented at Holy Cross,” he wrote in his proposal.

A native of Yugoslavia, Cicovacki has traveled to about 40 different countries and lectured all over the world. After his first trip to India in 2007 and the exposure to Hinduism and Jainism, he became a vegetarian. He has also visited China three times and has started studying Chinese (Mandarin) and Chinese philosophy and literature.

Cicovacki earned his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester and his B.A. from the University of Belgrade in Yugoslavia. A member of the Holy Cross faculty since 1991, he was the editor-in-chief of “Diatoma: A Philosophical Review,” the College’s philosophical journal, from 2000 to 2002. He has published more than 70 essays and papers and authored or edited about 10 books, including the recently released “Dostoevsky and the Affirmation of Life” and “The Restoration of Albert Schweitzer’s Ethical Vision.”


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