April 01, 2011
George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Professor of Religious Studies Yudit Kornberg Greenberg recently received a Fulbright Scholar Award to teach at the University of Bucharest during the first semester of the 2011-12 academic year. Greenberg is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2011-12. She is also the third Rollins faculty to receive a Fulbright award in the past 12 months.
In July 2010, Ronald G. and N. Jayne Gelbman Professor of International Business and Professor of Political Science Thomas D. Lairson was selected to receive a Fulbright Scholar award for teaching and research in Singapore. In April 2010, Rachel Newcomb, assistant professor of anthropology, received a Fulbright Scholar grant to study women's reproductive practices in Morocco during the 2010-11 academic year.
This September, Greenberg will travel to Romania to teach courses in Jewish studies, religious studies, and gender studies. As an expert in these disciplines, she will have the opportunity to share the knowledge and passion she has amassed in her accomplished teaching career. “My scholarship and teaching, my role as the director of the Jewish studies program at Rollins College, my leadership roles at the American Academy of Religion, and my international teaching and lecturing have well prepared me for this undertaking,” shared Greenberg.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in over 155 countries worldwide. Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 300,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.
“Immersion in foreign cultures has been a high priority in my professional and personal life. I consider travel both a privilege and an educational necessity,” Greenberg said. “Given my Eastern European family origins, I am interested in participating in Romanian multiculturalism, and in contributing to its academic life. I have followed with great interest the development of the field of Jewish studies in Eastern and Central Europe in the last decade and believe that my areas of expertise suit its goals.”
Greenberg is also particularly excited about expanding her knowledge of Romanian multiculturalism, religious traditions, history, and academic life. “This experience will forge academic associations with my home institution, and contribute to Rollins College’s internationalization and its commitment to global citizenship of its students and faculty.”
Fulbright recipients are among more than 40,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. For more than 60 years, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has funded and supported programs that seek to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered by the Institute of International Education.
For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, please visit fulbright.state.gov or contact James A. Lawrence, Office of Academic Exchange Programs, at 202-632-3241 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Kristen Manieri
Office of Public Relations & Community Affairs
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