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Randolph Professor Awarded Her Second Fulbright

LYNCHBURG–Jennifer Gauthier, a Randolph College communication studies professor, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant for the fall semester.

Gauthier will serve as Research Chair in North American Society and Culture at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec and will pursue her research on First Nations cinema at the National Film Board of Canada. This project examines films made by and about the Native peoples of Canada during the NFB’s 70-year history.

Gauthier is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Programin 2011-2012, according to the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

This is Gauthier’s second Fulbright. From 2000-2001 she completed the research for her Ph.D. dissertation in Ottawa at the University of Ottawa’s Institute for Canadian Studies.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and in direct support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas,the Fulbright Program has given approximately 300,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared internationa lconcerns.

Fulbright recipients are among over 40,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. For more than 60 years,the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has funded and supported programs that seek to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars,a division of theInstitute of International Education.

For more information, please contact Brenda Edson, strategic communications manager for Randolph College, at bedson@randolphcollege.edu. For information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau ofEducational and Cultural Affairs,please visit http://fulbright.state.gov or contact James A. Lawrence, Office of Academic Exchange Programs, telephone 202-632-3241 or e-mail fulbright@state.gov.

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