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June 5th, 2009
Hanks named distinguished humanities professor

J. Craig Hanks.

STAFF REPORT

J.Craig Hanks, an associate professor of philosophy, has been honored as Texas State’s Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities for 2009-2011.

This three-year professorship, supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, offers Hanks the chance to engage in projects that promote the humanities at Texas State and the surrounding community.

Hanks will implement a project related to technology and values, which will include the development of special topics and honors classes, faculty seminars, films, exhibitions and performances. The project will examine the role and force of technology and technological change, while fostering dialogue to help bridge conflicting views.

The ultimate goal of the project is to gain insight into how technology influences a society’s values and how those values can, in turn, shape technology.

Hanks earned his Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Texas A&M University in 1983, and his Ph.D. in philosophy from Duke University in 1991. He joined the Texas State faculty in 2000.

Since coming to Texas State, Hanks has been awarded the Presidential Award in Teaching and Honors Professor of the Year, among many other honors.

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