Douglas Whynott, Associate Professor in Writing, Literature and Publishing, and Robbie McCauley, Professor in Performing Arts, will participate in Fulbright Programs during the 2012–2013 academic year. The prestigious 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.
Whynott has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and do research at the University of the Andes-National University Center for U.S. Studies in Bogotá, Colombia. The core Fulbright Scholar Program sends U.S. faculty and professionals abroad to lecture and/or conduct research for up to a year. Whynott will lecture on the topic of American narrative nonfiction writing and literary journalism, and conduct research on the work of Colombian nonfiction writers. He will also participate in conferences nationwide and advise graduate students on their research.
McCauley was selected for the Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP) in the field of Education. The FSP program awards grants to qualified U.S. faculty and professionals, in select disciplines, to engage in short-term (two to six weeks) collaborative projects at host institutions in more than 100 countries worldwide. In May 2012, McCauley will spend 18 days working with students at Hassan II University in Casablanca on story gathering and performance techniques, and in Tangier in the Women’s Literacy Program. The heart of the project is to adapt the halqa, a traditional Moroccan form of public theater, for local and eventually national and international presentations that involve audiences in addressing the social and economic issues that directly affect their daily lives.
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 more than 155 countries worldwide. Whynott and McCauley are among approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2011–2012.
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. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, education, and athletics. Forty-three Fulbright alumni from 11 countries have been awarded the Nobel Prize, and 75 alumni have received Pulitzer Prizes.