AUBG, If You Love Them, Let Them Go
In 2005, a first-year student arrived on AUBG latitude to pursue some of the biggest challenges in the institution, bachelor’s degrees in economics and political science. After a decade he is back but as a faculty member teaching POS401 Theory and Practice of Human Rights and POS102 Introduction to Global Politics. Meet and greet a visiting Instructor in Political Science Gent Carrabregu.
While Carrabregu was dedicating fair attention to both his majors, with the pace of time he grew fonder
of political theory. To a large extent the credit goes to Professor Robert Phillips, recognized for his ability to lure even a pathetic students into political science with his POS101 Introduction to Politics class. During his second year, Carrabregu was deliberately casting about transferring to the U.S., the stimulus being an academic environment with a greater variety of philosophy courses. Applying as a transfer student to Bates College implied understanding that the rejection of financial aid would be a realistic menace. However, his fears did not materialize and in 2009 he was already the author of an Honors Thesis in Political Theory.
Thirsty for proximity to political theorists’ writings, Carrabregu proceeded with a solid next step in the field, applying for a master’s and doctoral programs. On his list were prominent schools in this branch of knowledge: Johns Hopkins, University of Michigan, London School of Economics, and the place which took the lead, Northwestern University.
For a fifth and last year now Carrabregu has been on a TA-ship and he is currently a Ph.D. candidate writing a dissertation on the relationship between philosophy and politics with an emphasis on representatives of German Idealism (Kant and Hegel) and Modern and Contemporary Democratic Theory (Arendt and Habermas). German is his research language that he has been taking up continuously throughout the years.
A conversation about academic literature is often accompanied by sharing thoughts about fiction writers. For Carrabregu leisure reading seems to be a continuation of his academic interests. He is particularly enchanted by modernist writers such as Henry James and Joseph Konrad who wrote at the turn of the 20th century. And a mind which questions is a mind which is not contented with the obvious. Similarly, our newest faculty member is drawn to the theme of the eternal struggle between individual freedom and social structures, in which he finds himself.
From books we inevitably continue with the motion pictures and Carrabregu reveals his appreciation for Italian neorealism, the works of Vittorio De Sica and Federico Fellini, and topics tightly related to social changes in the 20th century.
I am leaving Carrabregu’s office with a set of Balkan authors written down, tons of inspiration as a political science student, and sending positive vibes to the academic journals’ editors at which our professor will be aiming in the future.