University of Hawai'i
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For Immediate Release:
May 3, 2001
Shawn Nakamoto, (808) 956-9095, University & Community Relations
|UH Professors Receive Fulbright Grant To Teach Abroad|
HONOLULU - Two of the 20002001 Fulbright scholar grants have been awarded to University of Hawai'i at Manoa's associate professor Virginia Bennett of the Department of European Languages and Literatures and professor Thomas Hilgers of the Department of English.
This year, approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals received Fulbright grants to lecture or conduct research in 140 countries around the world. A similar number of foreign visiting scholars received awards to come to the U.S., primarily as researchers.
Dr. Bennett received her doctorate degree in languages and literature from Princeton University. She has been with UH Manoa for 13 years, teaching survey courses on nineteenth and early twentieth century Russian literature, and contemporary Russian literature. Most of her research has been on Russian symbolism, which she has published many articles on. She has also published works related to Russian folklore. She received a Fulbright grant to teach in Russia during Spring 2001 and plans to return to Manoa this coming fall.
Dr. Hilgers received his master's and doctorate degree in psychology from UH Manoa and has been teaching here since 1993. He is a professor of English and is the director of the Manoa Writing Program. His Fulbright grant allowed him to work in Thailand during the fall of 2000. He offered faculty workshops on "teaching with writing" at eight universities, including Chiang Mai in north Thailand and Prince of Songkla University in the south.
Fulbright grants are made to U.S. citizens and nationals of other countries
for a variety of educational activities, primarily university lecturing,
advanced research, graduate study and teaching in elementary and secondary
schools. Since the program's inception, more than 85,000 U.S. Fulbright
scholars have traveled abroad to lecture or conduct research in a wide variety
of academic and professional fields ranging from journalism and urban planning
to music, philosophy and zoology. More than 144,000 foreign citizens have
come to the U.S. under Fulbright grants.