Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Houghton College Alumnus and Cooperstown native receives Fulbright grant

HOUGHTON, NY (May 4, 2016) - The Fulbright Program—whose alumni are speckled with Nobel Prize winners, Pulitzer Prize winners, and MacArthur Foundation Fellows—recently awarded Houghton College alumnus Gerad Gentry ’10 a grant for use completing his doctoral research in philosophy at Humboldt University in Berlin and the University of Potsdam, Germany.
While there, Gentry will make use of the universities’ resources and several Berlin archives. His study focuses on thought and art, asking questions like, “In what ways is the activity of thought itself artistic?”
After graduating from Houghton with majors in art, English literature and philosophy, Gentry received a Master of Arts in aesthetics from the Committee on Social Thought through the University of Chicago and a Master of Art in philosophy from the University of South Carolina.
His experience at Houghton still influences him.  “Houghton absolutely prepared me for the work I will be engaged in as a Fulbright scholar,” he says. “My majors. . . are directly constitutive of the questions and challenges that interest me in my current research.  More significantly, though, Houghton College has exemplary professors who invested deeply in me and in the other Houghton students.”
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program of the United States, designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and those of other countries. Alumni include Gary Conille, former Prime Minister of Haiti; Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize recipient; Riccardo Giacconi, physicist and 2002 Nobel Laureate; and Juan Manuel Santos, president of Colombia.