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Two Ithaca College Students Awarded Gilman Scholarships for International Study

 ITHACA, NY — Two Ithaca College students who have been awarded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships will use their backgrounds and talents in filmmaking and video production to document their experiences and those of the people they encounter. Junior Aryelle Cormier will spend the spring 2012 semester in Ecuador, while classmate Dylan Lowry will travel to India.

A television-radio major with minors in journalism and international communications, Cormier will study at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador in Quito. In addition to immersing herself in the Spanish language and Latin American culture, she wants to tell visually compelling stories about the social injustices experienced by the people of the region.

“Many injustices, such as the government’s threats to limit Ecuadorian journalists’ freedom of expression, are not seen, experienced or understood by most Americans due to the language barrier,” said Cormier. “I will converse with Latin Americans, film their stories and enable cultural understanding by translating and visually exposing social inequalities.”

Lowry will study India arts and culture — including an intensive course in the Hindi language — through the School for International Training in Delhi. A cinema and photography major, he will spend the final seven weeks of his time in India shooting an experimental film that will blend ethnographic, documentary, diary and travelogue film techniques.

“The film will concentrate on the exploration of physical and cultural space and the subjective experience of a student in India,” said Lowry, a practicing Buddhist who won the grand prize in the Patheos Faith on Campus Video Contest for “Dharma in the Dorm,” a film he coproduced about maintaining a religious practice/faith on a college campus.

Established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000, the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for undergraduate students to pursue academic studies abroad. The program encourages students to choose non-traditional study abroad destinations and is intended to better prepare them to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.

For more information on the program, visit www.iie.org/gilman.



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