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Fulbright Scholar grants send Dartmouth researcher to Russia and Russian researcher to Dartmouth

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 12/15/05 • Contact Susan Knapp (603) 646-3661

A Dartmouth faculty member has been awarded a 2005-2006 Fulbright Scholar grant to work in Russia, and Dartmouth is hosting a foreign Fulbright Scholar from Moscow State University in Russia.

Naj Wikoff
Naj Wikoff (photo courtesy of Naj Wikoff)
Mikhail Makeev
Mikhail Makeev (photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

Naj Marten Wikoff, the director of Healing and the Arts at the C. Everett Koop Institute at Dartmouth Medical School, was awarded the grant to conduct research in Russia from Aug. 2005 through Feb. 2006. Wikoff is studying and lecturing as part of a project in cultural arts development in the Republic of Buryatia. The East Siberian State Academy of Culture and Arts in Ulan-Ude, Russia, is his host.

"While here I have been developing pilot arts and humanities programs in hospitals in Ulan Ude and in surrounding communities," says Wikoff. "Currently we have developed a partnership between the Academy, Ulan-Ude Children's Hospital, and the Buryatia History Museum. In addition, I am working with the Institute of Pandito Khambo Lama Itigelov on exploring issues of arts, spirituality and healing."

Mikhail Makeev, an associate professor with the Department of Russian Literature in the School of Philology at Moscow State University, is at Dartmouth through March 2006. His project is titled "Literature and the book market in Russia and the U.S. in the second half of 19th century."

"My project is on relations between literature in book markets in 19th century Russia and America, with a focus on Ivan Turgenev, Nikolay Nekrasov, Mikhail Saltykov, Henry James, and Mark Twain," says Makeev. "I chose Dartmouth as my host institution because of my contacts with colleagues working on similar topics, the vast library resources, and friendly scholarly environment."

Adds Barry Scherr, Provost and the Mandel Family Professor of Russian, "Dartmouth's commitment to cross-cultural learning and exchange is illustrated by the work done by our Fulbright Scholars. We are excited about the work of Professor Wikoff and how it will benefit the Koop Institute, and we are pleased to host Professor Makeev to assist in his research. Both projects contribute to better understanding of Russian history and culture."

Created in 1946 and sponsored by the United States Department of State, the Fulbright Scholar Program awarded approximately 850 grants to U.S. faculty and professionals this year, along with a similar number of foreign scholars. The program is administered through the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, and it is aimed at building mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and other countries.

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