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Languages professor awarded Fulbright Scholarship

January 28, 2011

Josefa Salmón, Ph.D., professor of languages and cultures, recently received a Fulbright grant to conduct research in Bolivia for the 2010-11 academic year.

Salmón's proposed research consists of a book project (tentatively titled "Becoming Indian Again: Cultural and Political Transformation in the Bolivian Andes") to study the roots of Indian thought that led to the emergence of the Indianista movement in Bolivia, making it possible to elect the first “Indian” president. Her research will also focus on the writing of a new plurinational constitution recognizing previously neglected Indian cultures and its approval by a referendum changing the politics of the country and influencing the politics of the rest of Latin America.

Applications for the 2012-13 Fulbright Scholars Program will be accepted beginning Tuesday, Feb. 1. Loyola University New Orleans faculty and staff are encouraged to apply before the Aug. 2 deadline. For more information on applying, visit http://www.cies.org/us_scholars/us_awards/Application.htm.

The 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.” With this goal as a starting point, the Fulbright Program has provided almost 300,000 participants, chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential, with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Approximately 294,000 “Fulbrighters,” 111,000 from the U.S. and 183,000 from other countries, have participated in the program since its inception more than 60 years ago. The Fulbright Program awards approximately 7,500 new grants annually.

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