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DATE: March 26, 2002

UM-Dearborn scholar receives Fulbright award to teach at the University of Salzburg in Austria

DEARBORN--- Jacqueline Vansant, associate professor of German at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, has received a Fulbright grant to lecture in the German and History Departments, offer a film series, and engage in collaborative research at the University of Salzburg in Austria.

Fulbright recipients are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and the demonstration of unusual leadership potential in their fields.

This is the third Fulbright award Vansant has received for work in Austria, but it is her first for teaching.

"I'm very excited about being able to teach Austrian literature to Austrians," said Vansant, who will instruct three courses during the University of Salzburg's summer term, which runs from March 2003 through June 2003. "Teaching and conducting the film series will allow me an excellent opportunity to become an active participant in the Austrian academic community and engage in an exchange of ideas on a more immediate level than through research alone."

Vansant said she is looking forward to returning to the University of Salzburg, where she studied in the mid-1970s. Vansant will teach courses that examine constructions of individual and national identities in relationship to individual, collective, and cultural memory in Austria after 1945. They will specifically address the situation in Austrian and be a part of the new studies bachelor's degree program, the only one in Austria.

The University of Salzburg's English and American Studies Department will sponsor a film series, "Hollywood's Austria," to provide a forum for discussing Hollywood representations of Austria and Austrian identity.

Vansant also plans to organize a reading group with Prof. Helga Embacher of the University of Salzburg for the Austrian studies faculty, and have the group identify areas in

Austrian studies that lend themselves to interdisciplinary, collaborative work. She would like to see the group prioritize the topics and devise a plan of action.
Vansant said her experiences at the University of Salzburg will benefit faculty and students there, as well as at UM-Dearborn. Vansant will adapt the film course and series for UM-Dearborn students in Fall 2003.

"After a semester in Salzburg, I will also be better able to advise students desiring to study abroad," Vansant said. "The reading group with colleagues in Austrian studies promises to promote an integrative and interdisciplinary Austrian studies program at the University of Salzburg. It is also intended as groundwork for collaborative work between colleagues in Austrian Studies in Austria and the United States."

Each year, 800 scholars travel to 140 different countries under the auspices of the Fulbright program, which is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, United States Department of State.

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