Prof. Tom Gage is a Professor Emeritus in English Department at Humboldt State University, California. He earned his degrees at the University of California, Berkeley. He took the lead in creating the International Studies department at Humboldt State University. He authored Gülen’s Dialogue on Education: a Caravanserai of Ideas. He is a member of the Board of the Consultants for Global Programs, with student exchanges in China, Cyprus, Mexico, and South Africa.
“I found that in the Hizmet Movement, that theme, “don’t ask what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country,” resonated with something that has been forgotten about around the world. And in the writings of Fethullah Gülen, I find a spirit that has been behind my choices. And those choices, for me, have been absolutely so fulfilling as a career. But the idea of “Aksiyon İnsanları”, people who take action to help, I think is something that we so need, gravely, in our world today.”
“I have been impressed by what it’s been able to achieve, through the Kimse Yok Mu program of disaster relief. Hizmet, kimse yok mu means, essentially, “is anybody there,” and it came from a young child caught under cement after the 1999 earthquake in Istanbul. And I think this embodies, in a way, what Hizmet means. Here was this girl crying out. There was a need, people had been reading the literature of Gülen, and soon there sprung forth a disaster relief group to assist. Not only in earthquakes, but in tsunamis, in hurricanes, in earthquakes, whatever.”
“I place Fethullah Gülen in the same context as Martin Luther King Jr, in the same context as Nelson Mandela. I find his words are the words of an education philosopher. My book is entitled Gülen’s Dialog on Education, and in the book, I address a number of international educational philosophers of theory, pedagogy, and research. Now, Fethullah Gülen doesn’t have a curriculum, doesn’t have a pedagogy, and he doesn’t have, is not at all fostering research. But he is an education philosopher as that name had significance in the 19th century in the United States”