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Peter Valente

Peter Valente

Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs
As the son of a foreign service officer, Peter grew up immersed in intercultural interactions. After earning his BA with honors in music composition from Earlham College in 2009, he continued to broaden his global perspective by teaching for one year in the Federated States of Micronesia, and one in Japan with the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program. Upon returning from Japan, Peter served on the board of the JET alumni association in DC, and continued to study the Japanese language. AU's Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs program offers Peter the ability to grapple with practical political issues, without overlooking underlying ethical questions. Peter's current studies focus on the relationship between religious philosophy and international policy on the national scale, a field which first sparked his interest during a semester he spent in undergrad studying religion and history in India;he aims to apply what he has learned from both personal and academic experiences towards the discovery and implementation of ethical approaches to complex global problems.

Rachel Hall

Rachel Hall

Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs
Born and raised in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Rachel went south for her Bachelor's degree from the University of Richmond, where she majored in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy. Her joint loves of International Politics, Political Philosophy, and Ethics drove her to the EPGA M.A. program, with a concentration in Peace and Conflict Resolution, as well research into the ethics of killing in war. She hopes to work in community reconciliation and conflict resolution, as well as eventually pursue her Ph.D. in either Peace Studies or Political Philosophy. In her spare time, she bakes and runs a blog celebrating her other real passion: food.

Nolan Harris, Jr

Nolan Harris

Philosophy and Social Policy

Nolan grew up in Washington, DC, and attended McKinley Tech High School, a public high school known for its strength in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).  He was a bright student, and received a scholarship to attend Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, NY. In his junior year, he took his first philosophy course, and quickly decided to switch gears and to pursue a major in philosophy.  That same year, his teachers at RIT nominated him for one of twelve positions in PIKSI, the American Philosophy Association-sponsored summer institute in philosophy designed to attract underrepresented students to the discipline. After his successes at PIKSI, Nolan came to AU to pursue his MA in Philosophy and Social Policy, and hopes to eventually pursue a PhD in the field. His most recent Qualifying Paper, "Praxis in Religion and Education: Gutierrez's Faith, Freire's Pedagogy," was selected for Distinction by the faculty of the department this past spring.