Meredith College Faculty Member Receives Fulbright Award
Sherry Shapiro, professor of dance and director of women’s studies at Meredith College, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to research and lecture at the University of Cape Town in South Africa during the 2009 spring semester.
Shapiro will research dance education in the new South African curriculum, and examine the implications for dance education in the process of democratic transformation.
She will also teach a choreography course for dance education students at the University of Cape Town and in the community, and provide workshops in dance education for teachers. The course and workshops will use a process Shapiro developed that she describes as using “dance as a vehicle for increasing both self and social understanding among students.”
Shapiro is one of approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright Scholar Program. Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program’s purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the rest of the world.
The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. Fulbright recipients are among over 30,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year.
For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit http://exchanges.state.gov.
Date Submitted: 2008-07-09