Young Philosophers Talk Responsible Citizenship

March 10, 2017

students participating in HYPE

For the past seven years, the Souhegan High School Ethics Forum has hosted HYPE (Hosting Young Philosophy Enthusiasts), inspiring high school students all over New England to participate in philosophical discussions that promote leadership, citizenry and ethics.

This year’s HYPE event is hosted and co-sponsored by the University of New Hampshire and will take place on March 16, 2017. Fourteen hundred students and 100 faculty are anticipated to attend, representing high schools from all over New England. The keynote speaker is Governor John Lynch, who will also run an educator session.

This year’s HYPE guiding question, What does it mean to be a responsible citizen?, coincides with activities conceived and coordinated by Constitutionally Speaking, a partnership project of New Hampshire Humanities, NH Institute for Civics Education, UNH School of Law, NH Supreme Court Society, Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth and Saint Anselm College’s NH Institute of Politics.

Three years ago, the Ethics Forum was awarded a renewable prestigious RGSCP Grant (Responsible Governance and Sustainability Citizenship Project) from UNH to fund HYPE. This grant has led to the UNH Philosophy Department’s formal endorsement of the Ethics Forum and the use of the UNH Durham campus each year. It has also led to the affiliation of HYPE with UNH’s emerging summer philosophy program called FLI or The Future Leaders Institute and the LEAP or Leadership Empowering Authentic Progress Conference held each year at UNH Manchester. The results of this support can be seen in the rising levels of attendance at the HYPE conference and the emerging programs that HYPE has spurred.

The Ethics Forum was also awarded the 2014 Granite State Award by the University System of New Hampshire for the group’s “dedication to creating an academically rich environment for New Hampshire students to connect through philosophical discussions.” Besides its largest sponsor, UNH Durham, the Ethics Forum continues to build a strong coalition of post-secondary institutional support including Granite State College, Merrimack College, Saint Anselm College, UNH Manchester and the University of New Orleans.

The latest Ethics Forum documentary highlights the program and its work.

Excerpted and edited from an article written by Christopher Brooks, HYPE Coordinator, Ethics Forum Advisor, Teacher; Souhegan High School, Amherst N.H.

Photo source: NH Humanities.


2016 University Student Award Winners

May 20, 2016

Each spring, university-wide, competitive achievement awards are given to only a dozen or so of the most accomplished and impressive undergraduates at UNH. This year, seven liberal arts students won awards.

An award ceremony to honor these students was held on May 10.

Eden Suoth

The Alumni Meritorious Service Award Association Prize was given to Eden Suoth, a mechanical engineering and philosophy double major from Rochester, N.H. The award is given to a graduate who renders meritorious service to the University or its alumni organizations through faithful and continued effort in maintaining class or other alumni organizations, through active participation in alumni or University affairs, and/or by assisting and expanding the usefulness, influence and prestige of the University. Eden is pictured here with one of his nominators, Professor Willem deVries.


Brittany Marien

The Class of 1899 Prize was awarded to Brittany Marien, a political science and international affairs dual major from Lincoln, N.H. The award recognizes a senior who has developed the highest ideals of good citizenship during his or her course of study. Brittany is pictured here with one of her nominators, Professor Chris Reardon.


Madison Lightfoot

The Dean Williamson Award went to Madison Lightfoot, a social work and women’s studies double major from Davisburg, Mich. This award recognizes the senior who has been outstanding and well-rounded in extracurricular activities, scholarship, athletics and loyalty to the University. Madison is pictured here with one of her nominators, Rev. Larry Brickner-Wood.


Ariel Pueyo Eninas

The Erskine Mason Award was given to Ariel Natalia Pueyo Encinas, a French and international affairs dual major from Cochambamba, Bolivia. This award recognizes that senior who is distinguished for most consistent progress and achievement. Ariel is pictured here with one of her nominators, Professor Claire-Lise Malarte-Feldman.


Krysta Gingue

The Governor Wesley Powell Award went to Krysta Gingue, a political science and international affairs dual major from Lyndonville, Vt. This award honors that undergraduate student who has an expressed interest in public service as demonstrated through his/her course of study and extra-curricular activities, both on and off campus. Krysta is pictured here with her nominator, Christine Zaimes of the TRIO Program.


Laura Rose Donegan

The UNH Award of Excellence was awarded to Laura Rose Donegan, a political science major from Melbourne, Australia. This award recognizes excellence in leadership, scholarship, and citizenship. Laura Rose is pictured here with two of her nominators, Professor Dante Scala (left) and Principal Lecturer Lionel Ingram (right).


Ross Conroy

The Hood Achievement Prize was awarded to Ross Conroy, a political science major from Berwick, Maine. This award recognizes that senior man who shows the greatest promise through character, scholarship, leadership and usefulness to humanity. Ross could not accept his award in person because he is studying abroad in Rwanda this semester. Professor Chris Reardon accepted it on his behalf.

Congratulations to all!

Photos by Randy Schroeder


Memorial Service for Paul Brockelman Announced

April 21, 2016
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Portrait of Paul Brockelman painted by Adeline Goldminc-Tronzo

A memorial service and reception for professor emeritus of philosophy Paul Brockelman will be held on Sunday, May 15 at 4 PM at the 3 Chimneys Inn in Durham NH.

Please RSVP to Mira Brockelman at miramirab@gmail.com by April 30, 2016.

Paul Brockelman, who taught philosophy at UNH from 1963-2001, died Jan. 8, 2016. He served as coordinator of the UNH religious studies program from 1979 to 1996 and was founding director of the Master of Arts in liberal studies program. Brockelman received the College of Liberal Arts (COLA) Distinguished Teaching Award in 1986 and the COLA Gary Lindberg Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research in 1997. More information on his time at UNH can be read here.


COLA Students Win Critical Language Scholarships from State Department

March 16, 2016
Crystal Napoli and Eden Suoth

Crystal Napoli (l) and Eden Suoth (r)

Crystal Napoli ’18, an honors history and justice studies major, and Eden Suoth ’18, an honors mechanical engineering and philosophy major, won Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) to participate in fully funded summer language and cultural immersion programs in China and Indonesia, respectively. Under the U.S. Department of State, the CLS program is part of a U.S. governmental effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Napoli and Suoth are the only students from UNH this year to win the scholarship.


Humanities Faculty Fellows Announced

October 28, 2015

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The Center for the Humanities announces the award of its 2016-2017 Faculty Research Fellowships to four faculty members in support of their research:

Harriet Fertik (Classics, Humanities, and Italian Studies)
“Outside the Ideal Community: Spaces for Education and Politics in Greco-Roman Antiquity and W.E.B. Dubois” will use questions raised in The Souls of Black Folk to investigate the relationship between education and citizenship in antiquity.

Nicole Fox (Sociology)
“Rebuilding from the Ashes of a Traumatic Past: The Everyday Complexities of Memory and Reconciliation in the Lives of Rwandan Genocide Survivors” will chronicle how narratives of the Rwandan genocide are told and re-told almost two decades after the violence.

Eliga Gould (History)
“Crucible of Peace: 1783 and the Founding of the American Republic” will look at the tensions between the terms imposed by the treaty-makers and the wishes of the people whom the treaty purported to bind in one of the least-studied of the United States’ founding documents: The Treaty of Paris.

Subrena Smith (Philosophy)
“Developmental Systems Theory and Beyond” will be an interdisciplinary research project – drawing on philosophy, biology and psychology – that will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of Developmental Systems Theory with a view toward expanding on its strengths and rectifying its weaknesses.

Funded by the Center for the Humanities‘ general endowment and the Ben and Zelma Dorson Endowment in the Humanities, the fellowships provide a semester-long opportunity for junior and tenured faculty to pursue humanities research with no teaching obligations. Awardees participate in the Faculty Fellows Lecture Series in the year following their fellowship.


Recent Grad Awarded Prestigious Carnegie Fellowship

August 19, 2015

photo of Cory McKenzie

Cory McKenzie ’15 has been named a fellow in the Junior Fellows Program of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Each year the endowment offers only 10-12 one-year fellowships to recent graduates. Approximately 5 percent of applicants are selected from a pool of nominees from close to 400 participating colleges. Carnegie junior fellows work as research assistants to the endowment’s senior associates. They have the opportunity to conduct research for books, co-author journal articles and policy papers, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony, and organize briefings attended by scholars, journalists, and government officials. McKenzie will work on the Japan Studies project in the Asian Program.

From Hampstead, N.H., McKenzie graduated in May with majors in history, philosophy, and classics. In his final semester, while studying abroad in Japan, he won the University’s Hood Achievement Prize, which recognizes the senior man who shows the greatest promise through character, scholarship, leadership, and usefulness to humanity. A member of the University Honors Program, McKenzie garnered a number of other awards as well as grants and scholarships during his time at UNH. He also was awarded a critical language scholarship from the U.S. Department of State that funded intensive language study in Japan.

Students interested in this opportunity may contact the UNH Office of National Fellowships.


2015 University-Wide Student Awards Announced

May 14, 2015

Each spring, university-wide, competitive achievement awards are given to only a dozen or so of the most accomplished and impressive undergraduates at UNH. This year, five liberal arts students won awards.

An award ceremony to honor these students was held on May 5.

Stephanie Kuhn and Larry Brickner-Wood

The Class of 1899 Prize was awarded to Stephanie A. Kuhn, a women’s studies and communication major from Kittery, Maine. The award recognizes a senior who has developed the highest ideals of good citizenship during his or her course of study. Stephanie is pictured here with one of her nominators, Rev. Larry Brickner-Wood.

Philip Horner-Richardson and Subrena Smith

The Frederick Smith Book Award went to Philip A. Horner-Richardson, a philosophy major from Cornish, N.H. This award recognizes the most meritorious student and supports the purchase of books. Philip is pictured here with one of his nominators, philosophy professor Subrena Smith.

Bryan Merrill and Lisa MacFarlane

The Jere A. Chase Service Award was awarded to Bryan W. Merrill, a political science and international affairs dual major from Londonderry, N.H. This award honors the graduating senior who has displayed outstanding service to the University. Bryan is pictured here with Provost Lisa MacFarlane.

Hannah Waller and Georgeann Murphy

The UNH Award of Excellence was awarded to Hannah M. Waller, a political science and international affairs dual major from Spokane, Wash. This award recognizes excellence in leadership, scholarship, and citizenship. Hannah is pictured here with one of her nominators, Georgeann Murphy, international research coordinator at UNH’s Hamel Center.

The Hood Achievement Prize was awarded to Cory McKenzie, a history, philosophy, and classics triple major from Hampstead, N.H. This award recognizes the senior man who shows the greatest promise through character, scholarship, leadership, and usefulness to humanity. Cory was studying abroad in Japan at the time of the award ceremony.

Congratulations to all!


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