Hostos Adjunct Lecturer Receives Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts

Robert Waddell, a reporter for MyLatinoVoice.com and VirtualBoricua.org as well as an adjunct lecturer at Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, has been chosen to participate as a fellow in the Sixth National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Arts Journalism Institute in Theater and Musical Theater at USC Annenberg.  Out of more than 50 applicants from 27 states, 25 fellows were chosen.  The Institute will be held in Los Angeles, California from May 17-27, 2010.

In a NEA press release issued on April 5, 2010 (http://arts.endow.gov/news/ news10/fellowshipsUSC.html), Sasha Anawalt, director of the NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Theater and Musical Theater, said: “I’m calling this the post-shock journalism generation.  Many Fellows in this year’s class have created ways to practice their craft, demonstrating entrepreneurial spirit and confidence in spite of the economic tailspin. These young professionals (their average age is 32) have used technology and the Internet to serve the arts and their passion for covering theater. They are good, inquisitive journalists determined not just to survive, but thrive. We look forward to helping them go the distance.”

As stated in the notification letter from Anawalt, Robert Waddell was accepted because his “demonstrated passion, conceptual depth, integrity, imagination, and eagerness to learn and stretch [his] approach to arts journalism with brave and conscientious zeal.”  

The Fellows will participate in a rigorous 11-day program that includes writing workshops and one-on-one master classes.

Waddell grew up in the Mitchell Projects in the South Bronx, just ten blocks from the Hostos campus. When he began teaching ten years ago, he dreamed of someday working here. His interest was not only because of the college’s dual-language policy but also its diverse educational offerings and community-based origin. This is Waddell’s second semester in the English department at Hostos, where he teaches his English 091 and 110.

Looking ahead to the Institute, Waddell says. “What I learn about journalism, writing, and theater through the NEA Fellowship will be translated into English 091 and 110 classes and transferred directly and indirectly to our students.”  President Matos Rodríguez has observed, “This will surely be a very worthwhile experience for Mr. Waddell, personally as well as professionally, and the fact that he is already thinking about transferring what he will learn to his students is the mark of a real teacher.”

NEA’s press release indicates that “Participants in USC Annenberg’s 2010 NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Theater and Musical Theater include theater critics, reporters and editors, as well as general arts and entertainment journalists. Many of them have shifted from print to online or are finding the balance in between. Some also work in radio.

For a list of all chosen NEA Fellows, see NEA press release at http://arts.endow.gov/news/news10/fellowshipsUSC.html

About the National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts – both new and established – bringing the arts to all Americans, and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Arts Endowment is the largest national funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities and military bases. For more information, visit www.arts.gov.

 About Hostos Community College

 Eugenio María de Hostos Community College of CUNY offers access to higher education leading to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility through the development of linguistic, mathematical, technological, and critical thinking proficiencies needed for lifelong learning and for success in a variety of programs, including careers, liberal arts, transfer, and those professional programs leading to licensure. In addition to offering degree programs, the College serves as a resource for the South Bronx and other communities by providing continuing education, cultural events, and expertise for further development. For more information about Hostos Community College, visit: www.hostos.cuny.edu.