May 26, 2004

Contact: Hodgie Bricke, International Programs, (785) 864-4960.

Six KU faculty receive Fulbright Senior Scholar Awards

LAWRENCE -- Six University of Kansas faculty members were selected for Fulbright Senior Scholar Awards for the 2004-05 academic year.

One of the oldest and largest international exchange programs in the world, the Fulbright Scholar Program offers grants for college and university faculty and administrators to lecture and conduct research in 140 countries. The program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars on behalf of the U.S. Department of State.

More than 263 KU faculty have received Fulbright grants since the program's beginning more than 50 years ago. The Office of International Programs coordinates all the Fulbright programs at KU.

Joseph Harrington, associate professor of English, has been named the Walt Whitman chair in American literature and culture at the University of Groningen, Netherlands, under the auspices of the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs program. While in Groningen, Harrington will teach a course called "Globalization, Literature and Culture." His research will focus on the "transatlantic divide" in cultural attitudes as it relates to globalization. He is interested in discovering European students' perceptions of and attitudes toward globalization and in comparing them with those held by Americans.

Peter H. Herlihy, associate professor of geography, has received a senior lecturer/researcher Fulbright-Garcia Robles grant to Mexico. There he will teach at the University of San Luis Potos’ in north-central Mexico and conduct field research in the Huasteca region with indigenous Tenek communities. This will be his fifth project in Latin America using participatory mapping methodology. Herlihy has received three previous Fulbright awards for his research.

Christopher M. Johnson, professor of music and dance, has received a Fulbright lecturing award to help the Universidade Nova Lisboa, Portugal, develop new degree programs in music pedagogy and psychology of music.

Elizabeth MacGonagle, assistant professor of history, has a received a Fulbright award to teach an undergraduate course on the "History of Modern Africa" and a graduate seminar on the "History of Africa from a Global Perspective" to students at the University of Iceland, Reykjavik. MacGonagle will make connections across continents and cultures, from south of Sahara to Reykjavik, the world's northernmost capital.

John Staniunas, associate professor of theatre and film, has received a Fulbright Visiting Scholar and Artist Award to the Lithuanian Academy of Music and the Opera Theatre, Vilnius, Lithuania. Staniunas will teach American musical theatre technique to students and artists in Lithuania and direct Leonard Bernstein's and Stephen Sondheim's "West Side Story." He also hopes to make contact with distant relatives who live in western Lithuania.

Norman R. Yetman, Chancellors Club teaching professor of American studies and sociology and chair of American studies, has been named the Fulbright-University of Salzburg distinguished chair in the humanities and social sciences at the University of Salzburg, Austria. During spring 2005 he will offer courses on "North American Civilization," "American Racial and Ethnic Relations" and "The U.S. in Global Context."

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