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Heidelberg Exchange Program

The Philosophy Department at Duquesne University enjoys a cooperative exchange program with Heidelberg University, overseen by Dr. Lanei Rodemeyer of Duquesne’s Philosophy Department. It was established in 2013 by Professor Jennifer Bates. Heidelberg University is ranked #1 in Germany in the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities; it has one of the most storied and prestigious philosophy programs.

In addition to graduate student exchange, the two schools have faculty exchanges. Duquesne hosted Heidelberg’s Dr. Markus Herrmann for the Spring 2014 semester, when he taught a graduate seminar on Kant. Duquesne’s Dr. Lanei Rodemeyer taught at the University of Heidelberg in 2014–15 and spent sabbatical there in 2015–16. In the Fall 2015 semester we hosted Heidelberg’s Dr. Roberto Vinco, who taught a graduate seminar on Hegel’s Philosophical System as well as an undergraduate course on the ontological argument.

The Heidelberg Exchange Program also offers opportunities for our philosophy graduate instructors to design and teach Spring Break Away courses to Heidelberg. Instructors receive grants to travel and organize their trips from the Office of International Education at Duquesne University. Peter Libbey designed the first in Spring 2015, and Sıla Özkara has designed another for 2017.

Note that Duquesne graduate philosophy students are not eligible to go to Heidelberg on the exchange until they have finished their coursework at Duquesne.

More information about the program can be found on Heidelberg’s site and in an article from Praxis.

Students from Duquesne to Heidelberg:

  • Peter Libbey (Fall 2013)
  • Sıla Özkara (Fall 2014)
  • Paul Zipfel (Spring 2014)
  • Martin Krahn (Spring 2015)
  • James Bahoh (Spring 2016)
  • Jiho Oh (Spring 2017)

Students from Heidelberg to Duquesne:

  • Ines Woide (Spring 2014)
  • Shuyi Fang (Fall 2015)
  • Yibin Liang (Fall 2015)
  • Georg Oswald (Spring 2016)

Faculty participants:

  • Lanei Rodemeyer (Fall 2014–Spring 2015, and sabbatical Fall 2015–Spring 2016)
  • Markus Herrmann (Fall 2014)
  • Roberto Vinco (Fall 2015)

Papers presented:

  • Professor Jennifer Bates (Duquesne) presented a paper at the Philosophisches Seminar Kolloquium (Heidelberg’s Philosophy Department Speaker Series) in June 2013.
  • Professor Anton Koch (Chair, Philosophy Department, Heidelberg) presented a paper titled “Why People Like Us Are Metaphysically Necessary” at Duquesne’s Philosophy Department Speaker Series.