Hunter Distinguished Professor Meena Alexander Receives Fulbright Specialists Award

February 22, 2011 | Hunter College

Meena Alexander, Distinguished Professor of English at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center, has been selected for a Fulbright Specialists project in Italy at the University of Venice Ca’ Foscori during March 2011, according to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Alexander will hold a graduate seminar in Multicultural Poetics and give a public lecture on Postcolonial Memory as part of the university’s year long focus on the theme of Cultural Memory. Alexander is one of over 400 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad this year through the Fulbright Specialists Program. The Fulbright Specialists Program, created in 2000 to complement the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program, provides short-term academic opportunities to prominent U.S. faculty and professionals to support curricular and faculty development and institutional planning at post secondary, academic institutions around the world.

The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange activity, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Over its 60 years of existence,thousands of U.S. faculty and professionals have taught, studied or conducted research abroad, and thousands of their counterparts from other countries have engaged in similar activities in the United States. Over 285,000 emerging leaders in their professional fields have received Fulbright awards, including individuals who later became heads of government, Nobel Prize winners, and leaders in education, business, journalism, the arts and other fields.