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Maine Fulbrighter Stories

Dr. Kathleen Ashley

Distinguished Professor of English, Emerita at the University of Southern Maine

I was awarded a Junior Lectureship in 1977 and a Senior Lectureship in 1998 -- both in the Faculdade de Lettras at the University of Lisbon, Portugal. The experiences were particularly meaningful to me because I had grown up in Angola, Africa, when it was a Portuguese colony and therefore Portuguese was a childhood language and Portuguese culture and history were, in part, mine. (My parents were American missionaries.) Being able to witness Portugal's transition to democracy a mere two years after the end of the dictatorship during my first Fulbright was very exciting, and then to experience the development of Portuguese society twenty years later when it was an EU member was also rewarding. The faculty members I met in 1977 have remained friends since then, colleagues for various collaborations in American Studies in Portugal and in the United States. My publications include articles on medieval Portuguese lyrics of the 13th century, and I hope soon to undertake a new project editing an early 18th century diary by an English traveler in Portugal.

Dr. Jonathan Shenkin

Clinical Associate Professor at Boston University
Fulbright Specialist Scholar to Belarus, April 2015

During the spring of 2015, I traveled to Minsk, Belarus as a Fulbright Specialist Scholar to conduct a project with my colleagues at the Belarusian State Medical University to improve the oral health of children. Read more at cies.org.

Dr. Elizabeth A. Eames

Associate Professor of Anthropology at Bates College
Fulbright Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship, Nigeria 1981.

I will be forever grateful to Fulbright for their dissertation fellowship, enabling my extended participant observation research during the early 1980's among Yoruba-speaking market women in the hinterland city of Ondo, Nigeria.  The Harvard dissertation eventually became a book called "The Politics of Wealth in Southwestern Nigeria: Why Ondo's Women Went to War," contextualizing the market women's naked tax rebellion of 1985.  After completing a stint at Haverford from 1986-88, I have been at Bates College ever since, teaching courses on Contemporary Africa, Economic Anthropology, Comparative Gender Relations, and, increasingly, Screen Studies.  As my adopted town of Lewiston Maine became a major refugee resettlement site beginning at the turn of this century, I became more and more engaged in research with African immigrants. This unexpected turn of events has markedly shaped my pedagogy, with community-engaged learning becoming central to my students' experience.  Many of these students have gone on to receive Fulbrights of their own (despite its small size, Bates is rated nationally as a top-producer--this year, for instance, we had 21 successful Fulbright applicants).  I currently serve as Secretary to the Board of the Maine Fulbright Association.

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