Professor Lauter Receives Fulbright Scholar Grant

Paul Lauter, Trinity’s Allan K. & Gwendolyn Miles Smith Professor of Literature, will be traveling to Austria this spring thanks to a generous grant from the Fulbright Scholar Program. Lauter will teach two courses, “Race, Ethnicity and Gender in Contemporary American Short Fiction” and “19th-Century American Short Fiction,” in the Department of American Studies at Karl-Franzens University in Graz.

“This is a very interesting opportunity to do something different, in terms of teaching, with both undergraduate and graduate students,” says Lauter. “The students there are quite interested in American literature. Because the classes meet twice a week for six weeks, it’s the equivalent of a full term. I’m sure it will be a lot of work, but also a good deal of fun.”

Using a similar Fulbright grant last year, Lauter was involved in a mid-summer lecture program at Russia’s Moscow State University. At that time he taught in a seminar entitled “Reading Everyday Life in America and in Russia: Semiotics of culture and Intercultural Communication” for Russian faculty members and graduate students. His subject concerned working-class literature and everyday life.

Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright program’s purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Each year, several hundred American academics and professionals are chosen to travel abroad to some 140 countries. Recipients of Fulbright Scholar Awards are selected on the basis of their academic or professional achievements and their demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. 


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