Fullerton Fulbright Duo
From Titan Magazine (Fall 2003)
|Donald Castro, above, adviser
to President Milton A. Gordon and professor of history,
and Michael Steiner, chair and professor of American studies,
below, will study and teach abroad as Fulbright scholars
this year. The benefits they bring home—understanding,
experience, insight and depth—are part of the ‘globalization’
process so vital to Cal State Fullerton’s continued
growth and development. (See Titan Magazine, Summer 2003)
images by Phil Channing
Cal State Fullerton's faculty members, administrators
and students have participated widely as Fulbright scholars, in
the United States government’s flagship program for the promotion
of “mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and
the people of other countries of the world.”
The Fulbright program’s roots go back to 1945,
when it was proposed to Congress by then-freshman Senator J. William
Fulbright of Arkansas.
Michael Steiner, chair and professor of American
studies, will participate in the Fulbright Program at the Maria
Curie Sklodowska University’s Lublin Institute of English
in Poland. Beginning in January, Steiner will be in Poland for six
months as a Distinguished Lecturer in American studies.
Steiner will teaching courses titled “American
Regionalism,” “American Culture and Nature” and
the “Built Environment.” While abroad, he will research
nationalism as an invented tradition in Poland, Hungary and the
United States in the 19th century.
“I’m extremely enthusiastic about the
need to study American culture within a global context,” Steiner
said. “In the best of all possible worlds, we would arrange
for every American studies major and faculty member to have the
experience of living in another culture and seeing the United States
from the outside looking in.”
When he was a Fulbright Scholar in Hungary in 1998,
Steiner found that “stepping outside the hot chaos of America
is a powerful catalyst and a necessary ingredient for the globalization
of our discipline.”
Donald Castro, adviser to President Milton A. Gordon
and professor of history, will work at Vietnam’s Ministry
of Education and Training and as a lecturer at select universities
beginning in November, developing best practices for higher education.
Castro will give talks on higher education at National
University in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City as well as to the South
East Asian Higher Education Association.
He will spend three months in Vietnam lecturing and
conducting research on higher education. “I’m interested
in learning more about higher education reform in Vietnam,”
he noted, adding that his interest stems from the Cal State Fullerton’s
exchange agreements with Vietnam and his personal connection with
interns, students and faculty members.
Fulbright grants are made to both 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 250,000 participants—chosen for their
leadership potential—have had the opportunity to observe each
other’s political, economic and cultural institutions.
Of these participants, 42,200 have been overseas
academics and professionals who have conducted research or taught
in U.S. universities as Fulbright visiting scholars, and more than
40,100 U.S. faculty and
professionals who have engaged in similar activities abroad.
Both U.S. and visiting Fulbright scholars lecture
or conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional
fields, ranging from journalism and urban planning to music, philosophy,
business administration and zoology. The Fulbright Program is sponsored
by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational
and Cultural Affairs and sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals
to 140 countries each year.
List of Cal State
Fullerton Fulbright Awardees
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