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 Prof. dr. David Aiken

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Prof. dr. David Aiken comes to University College Roosevelt from Ferris State University (Michigan, USA), where he was a Full Merit Professor of Humanities, Philosophy, and Religion, an avid supporter of study abroad travel (leading trips to Israel, Greece, Turkey, Italy, and France), as well as a recipient of several distinguished teaching awards. 

He completed his undergraduate (BA) and graduate studies (MA) in the United States (Dallas, TX), immersed in the interdisciplinary liberal arts tradition (The Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts, University of Dallas), specializing in Religious Studies (including Greek and Hebrew), Literature, Theology, and Philosophy, and went on to receive the Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies in French and Comparative Literature (1979) and then the Doctorat de Troisième Cycle (cum laude) in Philosophical Thought from the University of Strasbourg (France, 1981).

Dr. Aiken subsequently held three post-doctoral positions, both in research and teaching, at European universities. The first was in the Institut f. klass. Philologie of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt (Germany) at the invitation of Professor Dr. Eisenberger, where, in addition to attending lectures given by the sociologist and philosopher Jürgen Habemas, he completed an annotated translation (from Greek to French) of Book A of Aristotle’s Metaphysics. His second post-doc was awarded in the Department of Dutch Studies of the University of Hull (England), where he was commissioned to work on a project funded by the British Council to computerize a concordance (Old Dutch and Middle High German) of the Haagerliederhandschrift, a manuscript collection of medieval Minngesänger. His third post-doc was an appointment at the University of Nice (France) as Attaché Temporaire d’Enseignement et de Recherche (ATER), where he taught theoretical English grammar and comparative translation methods (both French-English and English-French). It was from the Centre de Recherches d’Histoire des Idées at the University of Nice (1995) that he received (summa cum laude-très honorable à l’unanimité) the Doctorat d’Etat in Comparative Literature, the History of Ideas, and Philosophy. 

Dr. Aiken has completed additional graduate work in Classical Greek, Middle High German, and German Literature (University of Nevada-Reno), as well as in International School Administration (Trenton State University). His teaching and research interests include history of religions, comparative religions, and mythology; ancient Greek thought; Christianity and the ancient Near East, and Nietzsche studies. 

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