March Faculty Spotlight
Dr. Michael Forest
Dr. Michael Forest has been a beloved member of the Philosophy Department since the turn of the millennium. After he received his B.A. in philosophy from the University of Detroit, he continued his Jesuit education at Marquette University, where he received his PhD in Philosophy. His scholarship has mainly focused on issues in American philosophy and ideas, but he has been recently shifting his attention towards issues in aesthetics, including philosophical ideas in music, film and literature.
This semester he is teaching Beauty Matters and next fall he will offer Sights and Sounds: The Philosophy of Music and Film.
His nominator writes: Dr. Forest uses his course to address current issues such as appropriation and social change in the context of music and movies. He sets up out-of-class movie screenings and brought us popcorn for the first one! All around stellar example of what an honors class should be doing--mixing academia with current issues and interesting topics and runs a really fun class!
Fun fact: "I have been lucky to receive two Fulbright grants in 2007-2008 and in 2014-2015 both times teaching at universities in the People's Republic of China. My family came with me both times and we experienced the joys and frustrations of living abroad in a very different culture from ours."
Thank you, Dr. Forest, for providing a stellar experience for students!
Thomas E. Radder
Tom grew up in West Seneca, a suburb of Buffalo, New York and is currently, a senior political science major. As a junior, he spent the fall semester interning in Congressman Brian Higgins' Washington, DC office and studied abroad at the University of Glasgow in Scotland in the spring. It is during this time that Tom discovered his passion for brunch and hard cider. He is currently an intern at BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, where he is a writer. After graduating, Tom hopes to return to Capitol Hill and work before attending graduate school in public policy.
Tom was one of the first Canisius students to participate in the Honors program's study abroad agreement with the University of Glasgow. As a visiting student in the Principia Consortium, he studied the cultural heritage and intellectual movements of 18th-Century Scotland alongside Honors students from other American universities. In addition, he took a course is U.S. economic history at Glasgow's School of Social and Political Sciences and an introductory course in the School of Law.
Glasgow is a member of the prestigious Russell Group, which is often regarded as the U.K.'s equivalent to the Ivy League, and is consistently ranked within the top 100 universities in the world. Despite Glasgow's academic rigor, Tom was recognized for his performance in the Principia program with the Adam Smith prize, named after prominent Scottish political economist Adam Smith, a professor at Glasgow well-known for his essays on free-market economics. The award is presented to the student with the highest mark in the Scottish Enlightenment course. He is one of only five students -- and the first Canisius student -- to have received the prize since the program's inception.
Beyond his time at the university, Tom felt Glasgow was an equally rewarding place to live. "I felt at home in Glasgow," he said. "The city has a lot to offer -- it's home to a handful of great restaurants, three professional soccer teams and stunning 19th-Century Victorian architecture that is nearly ubiquitous -- while the West End, where the university is located, is known for its small pubs and eclectic atmosphere."
Would he do it again? "Definitely," Tom said, adding that he would "definitely recommend it to any student in the Honors program."
If you'd like to learn more about the Principia Consortium program at the University of Glasgow, or study abroad in general, please visit the Office of International Student Programs in the basement of Frisch Hall.
Fun Fact: He once ordered a cheeseburger with current Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Paul Ryan.
Thank you, Tom, for your excellent representation of the Honors Program at home and abroad!