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SU's Tuske Attends NEH Summer Institute

Dr. Joerg TuskeSALISBURY, MD---Is the “self” an unchanging core that provides individuals with their identity over time, or is it constantly changing as a result of interaction with its surroundings?

Dr. Joerg Tuske of Salisbury University’s Philosophy Department joined scholars throughout the United States in exploring that question during the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for College and University Professors in Charleston, SC.

The institute brought together some 35 philosophers, neuroscientists and Buddhist scholars to discuss “Investigating Consciousness: Buddhist and Contemporary Philosophical Perspectives.” The goal: to learn about the topic from different — sometimes complementary, sometimes competing — points of view.

For Tuske, the seminar did just that. While he was aware of the Buddhist and western philosophical perspectives of the “self,” he said he learned a great deal about neuroscience and its impact on the concept, which he plans to incorporate into his classes at SU.

The immersive environment made the seminar interesting and enjoyable, he added: “You have some of the leading people there, and you’re literally with them all the time. I was privileged to be there.”

Admission to the institute is competitive. In addition to being accepted for the two-week program, Tuske received a $2,100 stipend to help cover his costs of attendance.

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