Prof. Predrag Cicovacki
Specialization: Philosophy and Peace Studies
Home institution in US: College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts
Host Institution in India: Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh       
Start date/Month in India: September 2012
Duration of grant: 4 months

Brief Bio:
Prof. Predrag Cicovacki was born in 1960 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. After receiving a B.A. in philosophy at the University of Belgrade, he came to the U.S. in 1986 to study Kant with Lewis White Beck at the University of Rochester, New York. Since 1991, he has taught philosophy at the College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts, where he also serves as director of Peace and Conflict Studies. He was a guest professor at the University of Freiburg, Germany (1998); at the Center for Applied and Professional Ethics, University of Moscow, Russia (2005); at the Henry J. Lear Luxembourg Program, Luxembourg (2006); at the University of Belgrade, Serbia (2011); as well as the guest professor and a co-founder of the International Albert Schweitzer Summer School, Gunsbach, France (2011). He briefly visited India in 2007 and lectured on Schweitzer and Gandhi in New Delhi, Jaipur and Kota. He is author and/or editor of eleven books and has published over 75 essays and papers. His latest books are Dostoevsky and the Affirmation of Life (Transaction Publishers 2012) and The Restoration of Albert Schweitzer’s Ethical Vision (Continuum Press 2012). His articles and essays are published in, or translated into, English, Serbian, German, Russian, Slovenian, Chinese and Japanese.

Dr. Cicovack is interested in exemplary individuals, such as Tolstoy, Schweitzer, Gandhi and King. Through their words and example, such individuals show us what it means to be a human being: what it means to live in accordance with compassionate love, devotion to truth, commitment to nonviolence and reverence for all life. The life examples of such individuals are the best educational tools. Yet such individuals are rarely even mentioned in our textbooks. If education of future generations is the key for a transformation toward a better world, then we must restructure and redirect our education. His Fulbright research project, “Educating for Peace, Nonkilling, Humanity,” will be part of his devotion to this task, which is something that he sees not only as his professional goal but also as his life goal. His teaching, research, voluntary activities, and his role as a citizen of the U.S. and a citizen of the world are all directed toward educating younger generations to build a more just and more humane world.