Julie C. Van Camp, a professor of philosophy at CSULB, has been selected for a Fulbright Scholar Award to lecture at Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia on freedom of speech, government support for culture and American diversity during the fall 2007 semester.
“I am extraordinarily honored by this award,” Van Camp said. “Previous Fulbright recipients have told me that teaching abroad was ‘the experience of a lifetime,’ and I can already sense that in planning for this fall. I am eager to learn more about the transition of the Slovak Republic and the other nations of the former Soviet bloc to democracy and the freedoms we enjoy in the West.”
Van Camp said she developed a course specifically for Comenius University that will review the American understanding of free speech, especially the First Amendment in the U.S. Constitution and the various court decisions interpreting and limiting that freedom. She also will discuss various justifications for government support for the arts and the objections to that support, primarily in the United States, with some introduction of different models of government support for the arts in other countries worldwide.
In addition to her teaching and at the request of Comenius University officials, Van Camp will develop a four- to six-week course on a special topic for their doctoral students, assist in advising M.A. thesis and Ph.D. dissertation students, and provide occasional lectures on topics of special interest at the university.