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Four faculty members earn Fulbright awards

July 1, 2010

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -The Fulbright Scholar Program has awarded grants to four Middlebury College faculty members to conduct research and teach abroad during the next academic year.

The awards will support the faculty members' academic leaves and, at the same time, serve to "increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries" in accordance with the principles of Fulbright programs.

Four awards to faculty in one year represent the most Fulbright fellowships Middlebury faculty have received in any single year since records began being kept in 1986, said Franci Farnsworth, coordinator of sponsored research at Middlebury.

Jeffrey G. Buettner, assistant professor of music, received a lecture/research grant for the fall of 2010 to teach American and African-American choral music studies at Kharkov State University of Arts in Ukraine. Buettner will also conduct research into contemporary Ukrainian choral literature.

Guntram Herb, professor of geography, will be in France for the 2010-2011 academic year to conduct research for a study titled "Geopolitical Atlases in Contemporary France: Constructing French National Visions through Maps."

Yumna Siddiqi, associate professor of English & American literatures, will be a Fulbright visiting research chair in North American studies at Concordia University in Montreal for the 2010-2011 academic year. She will conduct a research project titled "It's a Question of My Dignity: Narratives of Immigrant Workers in Montreal."

Larry Yarbrough, the Pardon Tillinghast Professor of Religion, received a grant for the fall of 2010 to conduct research in Alexandria, Egypt. He will develop a research project titled "Ancient Alexandria and the Wisdom of its Sages" while based at Alexandria University, home to the C.V. Starr-Middlebury School in the Middle East.

The Fulbright Scholar Program sends about 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year, and provides fellows with a stipend plus travel, housing, and research expenses.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the program was founded in 1946 by the late J. William Fulbright, a former congressman and U.S. senator from Arkansas. Fulbright programs include an array of international educational exchanges for students, scholars, teachers and others around the world. For more information see