Is First At U.Va. To Win St. Andrews Society Fellowship
May 6, 2002-- James Meyerle
likes to challenge conventional wisdom, according to his adviser,
Michael J. Smith. For a young man who dreams of becoming a judge
one day, its a trait that serves him well in his pursuit of
year, Meyerle will be in Scotland to study the Scottish Enlightenment,
which formed some of the key assumptions in Americas capitalist
democracy and morals.
a political and social thought major, won a fellowship to go to
St. Andrews University, the first University of Virginia student
to receive this award from the St. Andrews Society in New
York. He will earn a Masters in Literature but concentrate
on philosophy. Some of the ethical issues he wants to focus on include
how people treat one another and what it means to be a good person.
St. Andrews Society, nearing its 300th anniversary, is one
of the oldest clubs in the United States. It was established to
help Scottish immigrants and now offers aid in the form of scholarships
and public service. Meyerle, who has never been to Scotland, claims
his Scottish heritage on his mothers side.
of Boulder, Colo., he followed his brother to U.Va. James eventually
decided to go into the political and social thought program and
is writing his senior thesis on justice and judging.
David Hume and the Scottish Enlightenment fits in with my thesis,"
hed like to work for a couple of years after getting his masters
degree, Meyerle hopes to start the fifth generation of attorneys
in his family, become a litigator and go before juries.
be a judge, you need to be an academic, to grasp the big issues,"
he said of his ultimate goal. "The court and jury system is
what makes this country work."
fourth-year student credits Smith, who holds the Thomas C. Sorenson
Professorship of Political and Social Thought, as one of his most
positive influences at U.Va. "He fostered a sense of responsibility
in all of us [students] as members of the human community,"
known Jim since he was my first-year advisee, and then as a vital
participant in the program in political and social thought, which
I direct," Smith said. "Jim has a kind of restless, even
relentless, intellectual curiosity. He refuses to adopt conventional
wisdom almost on principle and he has always proven willing
to take risks."
hell even take up golf. Hell be able to see the storied
St. Andrews links, considered the worlds oldest golf course,
from his dorm room.
Anne Bromley, (434) 924-6861