February 16, 2003 Vol. VIII, No. 10



Fulbright Grants Awarded to Humanities, Education Faculty

Robert Chianese to Lecture in Bulgaria, Janet Fish to Conduct Research in Uruguay

English professor Robert Chianese and educational psychology and counseling professor Janet Fish have been awarded Fulbright Scholar grants to lecture and study overseas this spring.

Chianese (left) has departed for Bulgaria, where he will lecture in American Studies at the University of Plovdiv.

"Not only will I have an opportunity to share our culture with the Bulgarians, but I will have an opportunity to learn about theirs," Chianese said. "Being a Fulbright Scholar truly means you are a cultural ambassador."

Chianese will teach three classes on American studies and a course on adolescent literature. "I am very interested in getting a sense of the problems and issues facing Bulgarian adolescents," he said.

The Fulbright Scholar grant is the third for Fish, co-coordinator of the early childhood education master's program at Northridge.

With her first, awarded when she was a graduate student in 19671968, she conducted studies of bilingual early childhood programs in Uruguay.

In 1986, Fish (right)won a second Fulbright grant and went to Europe, where she began her study of the early childhood education programs in Reggio Emilia, Italy. With the new grant, she will work with early childhood educators at the Catholic University in Montevideo, Uruguay, to implement a laboratory preschool that uses the cutting-edge practices of Reggio Emilia's preschool programs.

Fish will give the keynote address at an international early childhood education conference in Montevideo, set for late May.

The U.S. State Department-sponsored program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.

Award recipients are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and extraordinary leadership potential.


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