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Recent Reed graduate Daniel Harris ’02, a native of Davis, California, has been awarded a Fulbright student fellowship. Harris, who majored in classics, plans to use the grant to travel to India, where he will undertake a comparative study of early Greek and Indian philosophies.

Harris will spend the 2002-03 academic year at Banaras Hindu University in northeast India. He plans to study parallels in Greek thought of the mid fifth century B.C., focusing on the work of Parmenides, with the Upanishadic thought of the same period and the later Samkhya school in India. He also expects to spend time outside the university working in primary education with a local nongovernmental organization. Harris, who studied Sanskrit at Reed with noted scholar Edwin Gerow, will continue his study of the language and take additional courses in history and philosophy. After his year abroad, Harris hopes to continue his studies in graduate school.

The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 to "increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries." The U.S. student program sends approximately 1,000 B.S. and B.A. graduates, master’s and doctoral candidates, and young professionals and artists abroad each year to more than 140 countries for personal development and international experience. Fulbright participants are selected on the basis of their academic qualifications and leadership potential, in addition to their ability and willingness to share ideas and experiences with people of diverse cultures. Harris is Reed's 50th student Fulbright award winner since 1966.

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