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Associate professor receives Fulbright Scholarship to teach in Portugal

Loyola press release - August 15, 2011

Loyola University New Orleans associate professor of English Mark Yakich has received a Fulbright Scholarship to teach at the University of Lisbon, Portugal in spring 2012. As a Fulbright Fellow, Yakich will teach two courses, “U.S. Literature from 1945 to the Present,” and “Culture Industries in the U.S.” One U.S. scholar-teacher is appointed each year to be a lecturing fellow in the humanities at the University of Lisbon. Yakich said his interest in teaching in Lisbon is in large part because it's the hometown of one of his literary heroes, the early 20th-century poet Fernando Pessoa.

Yakich's first novel, “A Meaning for Wife,” is forthcoming this November. He is also the author of a number of poetry collections, including “The Importance of Peeling Potatoes in Ukraine” (Penguin 2008), “Unrelated Individuals Forming a Group Waiting to Cross” (National Poetry Series, Penguin 2004), “The Making of Collateral Beauty” (Snowbound Chapbook Award, Tupelo 2006), and “Green Zone New Orleans” (Press Street 2008).

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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