Achim Ködderman
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Achim Köddermann teaches philosophy at the State University of New York, Oneonta. Köddermann is a specialist in applied philosophy, media ethics, human rights and theories of interpretation, although he claims to know that he knows nothing. His expertise has been used in the elaboration of codes against violence, for tolerance and in strategies for the intellectual integration of reunified Germany. He speaks English with more than one accent, and he is always speaking too fast. After a dozen years as guest of the CWA, he is still amazed by the unique mix of ideas and the emergence of the unexpected. He loves the CWA atmosphere, and he regrets only that he never found the anonymous donor of the scarf he was offered after an agitated panel at the last conference--given the current intellectual atmosphere, this could mean that he should restrain his “old European” ideas in the upcoming Conference.

Besides a career as corporate planner for German Public Television, Köddermann held academic appointments at Sripatum University in Bangkok, Thailand, Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, Denver University and Binghamton University. But at least for the month of April, he is convinced that Boulder is the center of the world as a free forum of ideas. His recent work ranges from theories of interpretation to work at Oxford on questions regarding the intellectual roots of the corporatization of higher education to consulting in ethical international mergers. At the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, he is working on a book on catastrophe and recovery from a medieval perspective.

He is especially proud of the work of his students within the framework of Dharma Bharati. The interconfessional initiative attempts to bridge gaps between different communities. Children diffuse conflicts before hatred can destroy the sense of community.