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Two professors win Fulbright Scholarships

Grants support nonfiction writing and German studies

Amy Holzapfel, Lecturer in Theater, and Barbara Kreiger, Senior Lecturer in English, have received Fulbright grants for their work in German studies and creative writing, respectively. They are two of roughly 800 American professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright Scholar Program during the 2004-05 academic season.

Amy Holzapfel
Amy Holzapfel
Barbara Kreiger
Barbara Kreiger

Holzapfel, who received her grant in the spring of this year, attended a three-week German Studies Seminar in June. Titled "Visual Culture in Germany: Film, Television, and the Internet," the panel included participants from the fields of art, media studies, German studies and journalism.

The Fulbright Program organizes the annual German Studies Seminar, a special program that concentrates on contemporary issues in German society. This year, participants traveled to Berlin, Munich, and Cologne, Germany. They visited the ZDF Hauptstadtstudio, a film studio in Berlin, as well as the Studio Babelsberg in Potsdam.

Kreiger's area of focus is nonfiction creative writing, which she has taught for 19 years in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program. Her Fulbright grant will allow her to pursue her own nonfiction project, as well as lecture graduate students at the Tor Vergata campus of the University of Rome.

Kreiger's grant was awarded through the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program, which, unlike the German Studies grant, offers a longer research period, typically from two months to an academic year, allowing grantees to form their own projects.

Kreiger is the author of The Dead Sea: Myth, History, and Politics, which deals with 19th Century Palestine through the lens of geography. Her second book, Divine Expectations: An American Woman in Nineteenth-Century Palestine, focuses on similar themes.

While at the University of Rome, Kreiger will teach a course in English and literary nonfiction, including memoir, travel and the personal essay.

The Fulbright Scholar Program, which was founded in 1946, focuses on the promotion of a mutual understanding between the United States and other countries. It seeks to recognize and endorse leadership skills in faculty members and professionals, and to foster contact between cultures.

By NOAH TSIKA '05

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Last Updated: 12/17/08