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Two Ethnic Studies Professors Win Fulbright Awards

Congratulations to our faculty members Dr. Dawne Y. Curry in African Studies and Dr. Amelia M.L. Montes in U.S. Latina/o Studies, who have both been selected for 2017-18 Fulbright U.S. Scholar grants. 

Dr. Montes, Associate Professor of English and Ethnic Studies, will travel to Serbia to write, teach a  class—Chicana and Chicano Literature and Theory—at The University of Novi Sad, and work with Professor Aleksandra Izgarjan, whose expertise is in gender studies and transnational literatures.  Professor Montes is finishing her creative nonfiction book, Nothing Sweet About Me, preparing it for publication, and, while in Serbia, will be writing a book of essays, La Llorona on the Danube: A Chicana in Serbia

Dr. Curry, Associate Professor of History and Ethnic Studies, will travel to South Africa to conduct    research, write, and bridge scholarly relations between South Africa and the United States.  Her project is titled, “African Women Intellectuals in South Africa’s Political Landscape.”

 Both Dr. Curry and Dr. Montes participated last fall in the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity’s Faculty Success Program, also known as “academic bootcamp,” a twelve-week program designed to facilitate faculty members’ success in research, develop their organizational skills, and support a rich work-life balance. 

 The Institute for Ethnic Studies and the College of Arts and Sciences are proud to have invested in this valuable program to help our faculty members flourish.  Dr. Curry’s and Dr. Montes’s selections as Fulbright Scholars are a first indication of what we hope will be great and continued success.

The Institute for Ethnic Studies affirms the deep value of international intellectual community and collaboration as fundamental to the idea of the university, and we recognize that a university cannot fulfill its mission to serve society and advance knowledge without a free and open exchange with people from all countries.  We reject prejudice based on religion, race, ethnicity, nationality, cultural characteristics, and social categories, and we unequivocally condemn the current president's executive order suspending immigrant and non-immigrant entry--a category that includes those with student visas--from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen.  We protest the undue burdens and hardships that this ban places upon international scholars and upon all refugees, who will be unable to visit their homes or have family members visit them here.  In a spirit of generosity, hospitality, and peace, we extend our support and solidarity to international students, staff, and faculty members during this troubling time, and we express our gratitude for the many essential intellectual, creative, economic, and humanitarian contributions they have made--and will continue to make--to the United States of America.

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At the Institute for Ethnic Studies, we look closer, examining the world through a social justice, human rights lens.

The larger social changes of the 1960s spurred the founding of one of the oldest interdisciplinary programs of our kind. And a glance at today’s headlines shows why we continue to be one of the country’s most effective programs: We explore contemporary issues dealing with race.

Students come to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Institute for Ethnic Studies for our majors, minors and graduate specializations because we offer a complete interdisciplinary, comparative and integrative education focused on race and ethnicity, including international origins and connections.

Whether they focus on African American and African Studies, U.S. Latina/o and Latin American studies, or Native American Studies, our students interact directly with expert faculty on compelling research and stay connected with professors throughout and beyond their education. They explore their professional curiosity in a community-oriented, interactive culture that features colloquia, fascinating guest speakers and exciting events.

Graduates from the Institute for Ethnic Studies go on to careers in everything from education to government service, NGOs to international business, law enforcement to law school.

So wherever you want to go, whatever impact you want to make, start your story here.

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