Attracting Interest

By Sandra Howe
Staff Writer

In recent years Boston College faculty members have enjoyed success in obtaining Fulbright grants, but the University itself is hosting seven recipients of the coveted awards from Europe, Central America and Asia.

Two Fulbright Visiting Scholars are conducting postdoctoral research and lecturing on campus, and five Fulbright Fellows are studying in master's degree or doctoral programs. All have found their academic interests reflected on the Boston College campus.

Masaki Kawashima, an associate professor at Mie University in Japan, is one of the Fulbright Scholars on campus. His area of expertise is African-American history and he is utilizing his grant to examine the 1970s school desegregation controversy in Boston, interviewing as many people as possible who have personal experiences concerning school desegregation.

Kawashima first visited Boston College last summer at the Summer Institute in American History for Foreign University Teachers, sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Law School. He was befriended by A&S Associate Dean Carol Hurd Green and Prof. Andrew Buni (History), who both wrote letters of recommendation to the Fulbright Commission in Japan on his behalf.

The other Fulbright Scholar is Domna Karagogeos, an associate professor of neuroscience at the University of Crete. Karagogeos, who arrived earlier this year on a sabbatical, recently received a three-month Fulbright to continue her research in the laboratory of Asst. Prof. Donna Fekete (Biology). She is studying lineage and its relationship among the inner ear cells, and was interested in techniques Fekete has developed in her work with auditory structures in chicken embryos.

In addition, five graduate students are working in the School of Education and the History, Sociology, English and Philosophy departments on Fulbright Fellowships. Hana Hudecova, a Slovakian native, came to BC to study American Studies through the History Department in the summer of 1994 on a one-year Fulbright Fellowship, which was renewed this year. She chose Boston College after much research, she said, and has found that "the resources available make Boston College one of the best places to be."

Einar Overenget, a doctoral student in the Philosophy Department, came to Boston College with his Fulbright in 1993 because of its reputation in the field of phenomenology. He holds a master's degree in philosophy from the University of Oslo and expects to receive his doctoral degree from Boston College in the spring. He is studying with Prof. Richard Cobb-Stevens (Philosophy) and Adelmann Professor of Philosophy Jacques Taminiaux.

Marguerite Clarke, from Ireland, is working with Boisi Professor of Education and Public Policy George Madaus as his graduate assistant, studying educational research, measurement and evaluation. Yvette Holland, a Belize native, was placed at Boston College by the Fulbright organization with a two-year award to study Victorian literature, and Finland native Juha Lehtinen is on a one-year Fulbright Fellowship to study sociology.

The Fulbright program is administered by the Institute of International Education in collaboration with binational commissions and foundations in more than 50 countries and several cooperating agencies in the United States.

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