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Jan. 31, 2001
Four UNM Faculty named to Fulbright Scholar Program
Four faculty members from the University of New Mexico have been named to the
Fulbright International Education Exchange Program for 2000-2001. They are Elen
May Feinberg, Peter J. Smith, James L. Thorson and Samuel Jefferson Truett.
Feinberg, professor of art and art history, visited various institutions in
Berlin, Leipzig, Frankfurt and Munich Germany as part of her exchange program.
She presented History and Memory: Jewish Past and Present in Germany.
Her Fulbright Scholars award was through the Deutsch-Amerikanische Fulbright-Kommission.
My experience as a Fulbrighter was enriching and stimulating beyond measure,
said Feinberg. It expanded my thinking and my knowledge about issues related
to Jews in Germany, to history, to the resistance movement, and to the notion
of memory and how memory is affected by history, in ways that I could never
have otherwise experienced. It was one of the most revelatory experiences I
have ever had, both intellectually and spiritually.
Smith, professor in the Department of Art Education, Division of Educational
Specialties, conducted research in art education and multiculturalism in England
from an American perspective at De Montfort University.
Thorson, professor of English, is currently teaching American Literature at
the University of Hall-Wittenberg in Halle, Germany. Thorson said he is enjoying
his time in Germany. The first semester is just coming to an end and the second
semester begins April 14. He said he is hoping to explore some of the Martin
Luther sights in the nearby vicinity of Halle during the break.
Truett, assistant professor of history, is teaching in the North American Studies
program at the University of Tampere, Finland. Truett said he is learning from
Finnish scholars and students. I hope to return to the United States with
new conceptual tools for thinking about the North American past, he said.
The Finns have a strong sense of the West through Hollywood and popular
culture. Students are especially hungry for history from the Native American
perspective, and have an image of the United States as a place of remarkable
diversity, yet with a strong legacy of conquest and inequality.
The Fulbright program offers a valuable chance to learn about other cultures,
Truett said. In the process, I have also learned a lot about my own culture.
I encourage others to seek out similar opportunities, and strongly urge them
to put Finland at the top of their list of destinations.
This year, approximately 800 United States faculty and professionals received
Fulbright grants to lecture or conduct research in 140 countries around the
world. A similar number of foreign visiting scholars received awards to come
to the United States, primarily as researchers. The awards are highly competitive,
and to date, approximately 72,000 U.S. and foreign scholars have participated
in the program since its inception in 1946.
Grants are awarded to American students, teachers and scholars to study, teach,
lecture and conduct research abroad and to foreign nationals to engage in similar
activities in the United States. Individuals are selected on the basis of academic
or professional qualifications and potential plus the ability and willingness
to share ideas and experiences with people of diverse cultures.
The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the Congress to the United States Information Agency. Participating governments and host institutions in many countries and in the United States also contribute financially through cost-sharing, as well as by indirect support such as salary supplements, tuition waivers, university housing and other benefits.
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